Worth co. soldier killed in France, is
brought home for burial
William T. Smith, the first soldier from Worth county to make the
supreme sacrifice, was laid to rest in Charles City last Sunday,
Nov. 6, 1921. Fifteen members of the Northwood Legion Post made
the trip by automobile to assist in rendering the last honors to
the man for whom has been erected the finest memorial any soldier
can have, the perpetuation of his name as the name of the
American Legion Post. The flag, which draped his casket on its
long journey from France to its final resting place was given by
his mother, Mrs. Belinda Smith, to the local post, and now
occupies a place of honor in the new club quarters of the William
T. Smith Post, Number 144.
The funeral was in charge of the Charles City Post of the
American Legion, and the services were held at the English M. E.
William T. Smith was killed in action on March 5, 1918, and on
Sunday morning, April 7, 1918, the 11:00 o'clock worship at the
Charles City English M. E. Church was given over to a Memorial
Service in his honor. A similar service was held in the Northwood
M. E. Church and was attended by a very large number of persons.
The dead soldier boy is well remembered in Northwood, although
his residence here was not for long. He was pleasant and
agreeable and honorable in every way. Before enlisting in the
army he went to Charles City to work and the people of the
household in which he lived pay him the following tribute:
|"He was a real joy in the home. Never a
harsh word or an ungentlemanly act came from him. He was
always careful and considerate of the feelings and rights
of others. His life and
manhood constantly showed forth the deeds of a Christian.
How thoughtful he was of his mother and sisters. He was
never away from his home more than two months at a time
until he went with his company to Des Moines. Half of his
meager pay he sent home every month to his mother and he
kept up war insurance in her favor."
town relatives who were present at the funeral services in
Charles City Sunday were: Mr. and Mrs. Martin Schow and G. W.
Smith, of Bricelyn, Minn.; Mrs. Arthur Uschner, Norwalk, Wis.;
Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hildreth, Lake Mills, Iowa; Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Manahan, Mrs. Cora Pickell, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Cornick, Northwood.
Those residing at Charles City are: Mrs. Belinda Smith, the
mother; Arthur P. Smith, Mildred, Myrtle, Clarence and Neva
The name of William T. Smith will go down to posterity as one of
the noble boys who died that the world might be safe for future
generations. In Worth county children yet unborn will hear his
name and honor it. His surviving comrades who form the Legion
post will never let his memory perish and their children's
children will know the William T. Smith was the first of the
Worth county heroes to give up his life for a just cause.
Mrs. Levi Cornick, of Northwood, is one of the surviving sisters
and with her husband and little girl was present at the services
in Charles City Sunday.
Card of Thanks
To the members of the Northwood Legion Post we are sincerely
grateful for their many kindnesses and their help. We greatly
appreciate your attendance at the last sad rites and the respect
and thoughtfulness shown us at all times.
Mrs. Belinda Smith and Family
Mr. and Mrs. Levi Cornick
~ source: Northwood Anchor,
Northwood, Worth co. Iowa November 9, 1921
~ transcribed for Iowa In The Great War by Sharyl