Grayling, Michigan was a major player in the logging industry until around 1920. This once thriving metropolis, built on sawdust and woodchips now had only the railroad and a budding trout industry. There were just enough jobs and light industry to support a small local population for those who chose to stay. Among those families who stayed were Liland and Jessie Smock who, in the grips of the great depression raised their family of five children. During those years, Liland found work at a local lumber mill and at a hardwood flooring company and eventually opened his own, 'Smock & Son's Watch Repair'. Among the Smock children was Robert Charles (Bob), born November 23, 1926.