.Walter W. SMITH .
Smith, 83: Gillett Leader
Saturday Evening Of Heart Attack.
Was President of Linwood; Lived in Gillett since 1901
Gillett - The
many friends of Walter W. Smith were shocked and grieved to
learn of his unexpected death Saturday evening at his home in the city.
Death was due to a heart attack, and he was stricken as he was watching
While his friends could see that his 83 years had slowed him down, he
was active and busy and the the end to such a useful life was not
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Gillett Methodist
church, with the Rev. Leslie Simon officiating. Burial took place in
Wanderer's Rest cemetery, with Arnold Jansen, Jerry Westenberger,
Robert Thompson. Red Schneider,Louis Paulson and Ray Temple as active
Honorary pallbearers were E. J. Ansorge, A.E. Hanstedt, Tom Lindow,
Russell O'Harrow, C. V. Nelson and A.P. Leher. Masonic rites were held
at the graveside.
Mr. Smith was born June 9, 1876, in Door county, where his family
lived in a cook shanty of and abandoned logging camp. He attended a
nearby school through the fourth grade and then went to work in a
wood-working plant in Ahnapee at 25 cents for a 10-hour day.
Six years later he entered Algoma high school and graduated from the
school as valdictorian of his class in 1897 after completing the
four-year course in 2 1/2 years. He also attended Oshkosh
Normal school, now Wisconsin State college, Oshkosh, for one year.
Mr. Smith was married to Ruth A. Heald of Algoma Dec. 27, 1899, and
Sept. 5, 1901, they moved to Gillett. During his business career here,
he helped to organize five different industrial plants. At present, with
his wife and three sons, he owned and operated Linwood, Inc., which had
about 100 employees. The plant closed Tuesday in respect to his memory.
Survivors are his wife; three sons, Gwynne, Kenneth and Walter, Jr.,
all of Gillett; two daughters, Mrs. R.J. (Joyce) Discoll, Gillett, and
Mrs. Leif (Betty) Erickson, Burlington, Wis., 14 grandchildren, six
great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. T.H. Pasterski, Suring.
Life was full of Action
The story of this man's life is
one of constant effort for the betterment of the community and its
people. Some of his activities were such that many would feel they had
done enough, but he was so interested and had such a vital interest
that he compiled some very high service records.
His church was a first
and he had served it in many capacities, as a lay leader, he sought the
welfare of the church at conferences and retreats, and was the church
school treasurer for many years. Active in the Masonic lodge he was a
32nd degree member of that Order.
important to the man who had to work hard for his education. He served
on the Gillett board of education for 31 years. In 1952 he was
presented with the Wisconsin Education Association award when the State
School Board convention was held in Milwaukee. His death leaves a
vacancy as clerk and business manager for the Gillett schools.
One of the organizers of
the Gillett Advancement association, the Gillett Mid-winter Fair, and
the Gillett Civic Club, these organizations felt the impact of a man
who believed in individual responsibility for every citizen.
Mr. Smith had served for
several years as president of the National Woodenware Manufacturers
Assn. He was a member of several industrial organizations and
conservation chairman of the Hardwood Plywood Manufacturers Assn.
In 1958, Giillett's
outstanding citizen citation for outstanding service to the Timber
Industry in the Lake States. This presentation was made by Gordon
Connor at a banquet held by the Timber Producers Association at Shawano.
The death of Mr. Smith
leaves a large vacancy in the community in the carious agencies where he
labored so long and so faithfully. He cannot be replaced,
even though others must pick up his unfinished tasks and carry on.
Not only is the Smith
family bereaved - Gillett and Oconto County has also suffered a great
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