THEO. SMITH ANSWERS CALL OF THE MASTER
Died Saturday Evening at His Home in Houston, Texas
Was Pioneer Settler of Phillips County
While knowing that our good friend, Theo. Smith,
was quite ill at his home in Houston, Texas, and that he was in a very
critical condition, yet, when his son, Karl, telegraphed to the city
last Sunday that his father has passed to Great Beyond the previous
evening, the news was passed around among the friends of the Smith
family with a touch of sadness which is beyond our power to describe.
The last time we saw Mr. Smith he was in splendid health and
enjoying every minute of his visit in this city among his many old-time
friends and acquaintances and it seemed impossible for one to imagine
him as one who had departed this life for the Great White Way.
Mr. Smith was a pioneer settler of Phillips county, coming to
Phillipsburg in the year 1889. Being of exceptional business ability, he
at once saw the possibilities of this great western country of ours and
established a hardware business, later on, as the country grew, he
established a branch store at Glade, and as the years began to roll
around, this combined business grew and kept growing, even beyond Mr.
Smith’s most fondest dreams?.
As soon as his son, Karl, left the High School he was taken into
the business as an equal partner, and as he began to master the more
important details of the business, the elder Smith, now getting along in
years, entrusted in the hands of his son the management of the stores in
this city and at Glade.
Several years ago Mr. Smith moved to Texas, first locating at
Collegeport and later on moving to Houston.
He was a man of keen judgment of human nature, and being of
a mild and gentle disposition, made friends with all who were fortunate
to come in contact with him. He loved his home and home surroundings
more than glittering fashion and sought to honor in the consciousness of
doing good, and it was a trait which clung to him through life.
His form is one that will remain sacred in memory’s gallery and his
face is one which can never be erased. This man who dear to us all,
gentle to both friend and foe, and who loved us ere we knew what love
was, and taught us the right ere we knew the wrong, goes from the walks
of mankind to seek his nitche in the palace built by his Master with
sublime smile upon his calm face and the assurance, that his work here,
below has been well done, and that, by his kind deeds and gentle words,
he has made a place for himself in the hearts of mankind that can never
The body was shipped from Houston to Toledo, Ohio, last Sunday,
where interment was made in the family cemetery.
Phillips County Post, April 1, 1918