The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1932
OBITUARY - ED. O. SMITH.
Edward Oscar SMITH, son of John and Susan SMITH, was born May 30, 1873, in
St. Joseph, Missouri, and departed this life at his home in Mount Ayr, Iowa,
October 26, 1932, at the age of 59 years, four months and 26 days.
When a young man 18 years of age he located in Mount Ayr and three years
later in 1894, was united in marriage with
Miss Sylvia E. WARNER. To this union four children were born, two
daughters and two sons, all of whom are living. The wife and mother died May
31, this year. For a number of years after locating in Mount Ayr Mr. SMITH
was employed as a mason and bricklayer and it was while he was engaged in
doing some repair work on the old court house in Mount Ayr in the year 1903
that the scaffold on which he was working gave way and he fell from the
second story to the tile floor below, sustaining injuries to his spine as a
result of which he was unable to walk without the use of crutches the
remainder of his life and in the later years of his life he made his way to
and from his place of business in a wheel chair.
Despite the physical
handicap resulting from the injury, Mr. SMITH courageously applied himself to
making a living for himself and family, opening a shoe shining parlor and
later for a number of years conducted a clothes cleaning establishment. His
industry and courage and cheerful disposition were admired by all who knew
About two years ago he was compelled to give up his work and has since
lived in retirement, making only occasional trips uptown. His critical
illness covered a period of about two weeks and the end came peacefully.
The surviving children are Mrs. Lillian TWAY, Omaha, Neb.; George E. SMITH,
Sioux City, Iowa; Orville SMITH, Mount Ayr, and Mrs. Goldie HAMMER, Grant
Funeral services for Mr. SMITH were held Saturday afternoon at
2:30 o'clock at the Rhoades Funeral Home, being conducted by Rev. E. S.
MENOHER, pastor of the Methodist church, and interment was in Rose Hill
cemetery.CARD OF THANKS.
We take this means of
expressing to our neighbors and friends our heart-felt thanks for their
kindness during the illness and on the occasion of the death and funeral of
our father. For every effort made to lighten our burden of grief and for the
beautiful floral tributes we are deeply grateful.
- Mrs. Lillian TWAY, George E. SMITH, Orville SMITH, Mrs. Goldie
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