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Rachel Smith


Mrs. Rachel Smith, who would have been eighty-one years old had she lived until October 9 of the present year, died Friday night at 8:30 o'clock at her home southwest of Elwood and near Aroma. Mrs. Smith had been suffering from chronic allments, and her condition was aggravated by a fall which she sustained a week ago at her home. No bones were broken, but she sustained bruises that were serious.

The deceased had been a widow about thirty years and was the mother of eight children, five of them living, they being: Alice, wife of Isaac Langston, of New Castle, Malinda, wife of George Noland, of Frankton, Fernando Smith, living four and a quarter miles south of Elwood, Rosa, widow of William Etchison, three miles south of Elwood, and Harry (Henry) Smith, east of Aroma.

The deceased was a native of this state having been born on the old Harvey homestead, in Hamilton couty. Her father, John Harvey, was one of the pioneer settlers of that county. Only one brother of a family of four children survives Mrs. Smith. He resides in Elwood.

Mrs. Smith was a life-long member of the Friends church, her membership being at Westfield, and her long life was that of a devoted Christian and kindly mother. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Smith made her home with her children. She was greatly beloved by all who knew her.

The burial will be Sunday, services being at the M.E. church at Aroma at 10 o'clock, Rev. Fisher officiating. The interment will be at Aroma.

Elwood Call Leader 26 June 1915

Pioneer Woman of Aroma Neighborhood Died From Recent Injuries. Mrs. Rachel Smith, age 80 years, a resident of the Aroma neighborhood for years and known to every older resident in this section of Madison and Tipton counties, died yesterday afternoon following a continued illness due to senility. News of the death has been learned here with genuine sorrow, the deceased having been a woman generally loved and respected and her passing removes another of the few persons who bridged the period between the early days of this community and the present.

About two weeks ago the deceased who had been failing in strength for several years although she was still able to be about her home, slipped and fell at her home. She received injuries which in a young person would not have proved serious, but in her advanced age and general weakened condition caused the shock to prove one which hastened her death. She had been sinking rapidly since the accident until yesterday afternoon when death occured.

One of Pioneers.

During the early days in this vicinity the deceased lived in the country which was then little more than a forest and here she reared her family and looked after the affairs of the home which then were of a very different nature from what they are today. She was a brave and devoted woman of the hardy type of which the pioneers were made. She had an unusual memory of her early life and was fond of telling stories of the struggles and dangers which were daily encountered here many years ago.

The deceased is survived by Charles Harvey, a brother of this city, Fernando Smith, a son living here, Mrs. Rose Etchison, Mrs. Malinda Noland of Frankton and Mrs. Alice Langston of North Carolina, daughters and Henry Smith, with whom she made her home.

The funeral will be held at 10:30 tomorrow at the Aroma church and interment will follow there. Elwood Call Leader 26 June 1915.