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William H. Smith

William H. SMITH, father of Mrs. R. M. FARTHING, died of apoplexy 
at the home of his brother, Benjamin, in Moore's Prairie at 2 o'clock 
yesterday morning.  Mr. SMITH had attended a party the evening before 
at the residence of Mr. John BODEN in the neighborhood, in commemoration 
of the forty-third anniversary of the latter's birthday.  So enjoyable 
was the occasion that he did not return home until about midnight and 
is reported to have stated that he felt unusually well. A short time after, 
however, he was attacked by a severe pain in the chest and stomach which 
was relieved by the application of the usual household remedies.  

About 2 o'clock he grew worse and in hope of finding relief from his 
suffering, walked out into the open air, where he was stricken down in an 
unconscious condition and died in a few minutes. His brother hearing him 
fall went to his aid, but could be of no assistance as he was insensible 
and died before he could be carried into the house. Deceased was a well 
known citizen and held various township and county offices. He had served 
the public creditably as County Clerk, Assessor, Treasurer as well as in 
several minor positions.

Deceased was born July 21st, 1833, consequently was a little over sixty-three 
years of age at the time of his death. Mr. SMITH was married in March 1858 
to Miss Dicey J. ARNOLD, daughter of Stephen and Elizabeth ARNOLD. Of this 
union six children were born, Ben, Rose, John, Lee, Eva and Kerren, all of 
whom live in Oregon except Ben, who is a resident of South Dakota, and Eva 
as the wife of Judge R. M. FARTHING, lives in Mt. Vernon. The first wife 
having died Mr. SMITH was married about five years ago to Miss Mary MUNDINGER, 
of Ashley, whose death took place last November.

Of the second wedding two children were born, one of whom died in infancy while 
the other, Hoke, survives his parents and is now three years old. The funeral 
of Mr. SMITH took place at 11 o'clock this morning with interment at Hamms Grove 
Cemetery.  The obsequies were conducted by Rev. J. C. HARRISS of the First Baptist 

Source: Mt. Vernon, IL Register (Weekly)
Date: August 19, 1896
Submitted by: Mary Zinzilieta

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