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W.J. Smith Wood Preserving Co.


Willard J. Smith

Source: Sherman TX Democrat, June 1, 1977

Rites Set for Founder of Wood Firm

Source: U.S. Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration in the State of Texas.
The Denison Guide. American Guide Series.
Denison, TX: Denison Chamber of Commerce, 1939.
Field notes & other materials from the project were deposited in 1942 in [formerly Barker] Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas, Austin. Pages 9-10

"One of the city's outstanding industries is a wood preserving plant, which was established in Denison after an extensive survey had proved local weather conditions ideal for the seasoning of lumber The plant ships 6,000 carloads of creosoted lumber annually and processes approximately 65,000,000 board-feet a year, using 2,000,000 gallons of creosote. It employs 170 people, with an annual pay roll of $150,000."

Denison — Willard J. Smith of Denison, founder of the W. J. Smith Wood Preserving Co., died Monday night at the age of 89, in a Denison hospital.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. A. Harrison Lee. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Bratcher Funeral Home.

Smith was born in Zanesville, Ohio, on Sept. 16, 1887, and was the son of Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Smith. He was married in 1917 to Mayme Kincell. A Denison resident since 1939, Smith was chairman of the board of the Citizens National Bank since 1944 and a director and vice president of Denison Federal Savings and Loan Association. He was a life member of the American Wood Preservers Association and a member of the executive committee for many years. He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Denison Rod and Gun Club, of which he served as president several years. He was also a Mason.

Pallbearers are Kermit Wright, Clarence Fehr, Crayton Hicks, Owen Akers, Jim Stephenson, Byron Mitchell, Ross Stoddard, Joe Gay, Ralph Jones, and Phil McKinzie.

The family will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight. Memorials should be made to the Texoma Medical Center or the Denison Public Library.

Home of Willard J. Smith
1401 West Woodard Street
Mr. and Mrs. Darius Maggi are the current owners.





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