Sherman TX Democrat,
June 1, 1977
Rites Set for Founder of
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."
— Willard J. Smith of
Denison, founder of the W. J. Smith Wood Preserving Co., died Monday
the age of 89, in a Denison hospital.
will be held at 3 p.m.
Thursday at St.
Luke's Episcopal Church, conducted by the Rev. A. Harrison
Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery under the direction of Bratcher
was born in Zanesville,
Ohio, on Sept. 16, 1887, and was the son of Dr. and Mrs. J. K. Smith.
married in 1917 to Mayme Kincell. A Denison resident since 1939, Smith
chairman of the board of the Citizens National Bank since 1944 and a
and vice president of Denison Federal Savings and Loan Association. He
life member of the American Wood Preservers Association and a member of
executive committee for many years. He was a member of St. Luke's
Church and the Denison Rod
and Gun Club, of which he served as president
several years. He was also a Mason.
are Kermit Wright,
Clarence Fehr, Crayton Hicks, Owen Akers, Jim Stephenson, Byron
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
Center or the Denison Public Library.
Home of Willard J. Smith
Mrs. Darius Maggi are the current owners.