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Francis D. Smith (1909)

FULWIDER, HATCHER, REYNOLDS, SMITH

Posted By: Pat Hochstetler (email)
Date: 12/6/2017 at 11:58:34

The Advocate-Tribune
Indianola, Iowa
Thursday, April 22, 1909
Page 3, Column 5

Francis D. Smith was born February 27, 1846, in Westchester county, New York and grew to young manhood in that place. In May of 1861 he responded to President Lincolnís first call for troops and enlisted in Company D Fourteenth regiment New York Volunteer infantry. In 1863, having served out his time he enlisted in the crew of the United States battleship, Isanomia, and served till the end of the war.

He returned home and was employed on the railroad until the loss of one of his hands compelled retirement from this occupation. In 1869 he came to Iowa.

In December, 1871 he was married to Sarah Fulwider, of Cedar county. Later he moved to the western part of the state where he lived till 1891. He then moved to Indianola and has since lived in this vicinity.

He was converted about twenty-five years ago in Madison county and joined the Friendís church. When he moved to St. Charles there being no organization of this society there, he changed his membership to the Methodist Episcopal church and thence to the Methodist church in Indianola on moving to this latter place. Of this society he has been a member ever since though ill health interfered with active church relations.

For years Mr. Smith suffered from an old army complaint. During the past year the decline of his health has been especially marked so that when taken with a severe attack of grippe two weeks ago his strength was not sufficient to resist the malady. On Friday, April 16, he peacefully passed away. He was patient to the end, said he had no fear of death but a bright hope of the future.

As a kind and sympathetic husband, and a true and loving father, he is mourned by his wife, Mrs. Sarah E. Smith, and four children, Mrs. J. M. Reynolds, of New Virginia, Mrs. A. R. Hatcher, Harry and Ralph Smith of Indianola.

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