Stockham Resident Buried Thursday
The familiar figure of W. D. Smith, who was affectionately known as "Dad" among the citizens, was sadly missed from the streets of Stockham Tuesday morning April 30, when he was taken suddenly ill with an intestinal congestion. After ten days of suffering he passed away at 1:30 Wednesday morning, May 8, despite the attention of a skilled physician and the willing and loving care of his children and friends.
William Dixon Smith was born in New York City, Oct. 15, 1854 and departed this life May 8, 1935 aged 80 years, 6 months and 23 days. Owing to the untimely death of his father, Edward Smith who was killed by a tree falling on him while working timber in Canada, he was forced to make his way in life since early boyhood.
In 1861 his mother, sister, step-father and he moved to Henry, Ill. where he grew to manhood, working as a farm hand and running a threshing machine.
On July 28, 1880 he was united in marriage to Mary Rebecca McGrath at Henry, Ill. where they resided until the spring of 1887 when they moved to a farm near Eldorado, Nebr. where they made their home for 35 years, living in Stockham since then.
To this union eight children were born, two of whom preceded him in death. Gertha Mabel, age 9 and Ethel Harter, age 32. The others are Mrs. Elizabeth J. Rath of Arnold, Nebr.; Andrew D. and A. Earl of Stockham; Mrs. Laura Coats, Giltner; Albert A. Arnold; Mrs. Cecil Bird, Los Angeles, Calif.
Beside his widow and six children, he leaves eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, other relatives and a host of friends.
He was a good husband and father, a good kind neighbor and had quite recently expressed himself in this way, that he was ready and prepared to go at any time. "I cannot say, I will not say that he is dead; He is just away. With a cheery smile and a wave of the hand, He has wandered into that unknown land. And left us dreaming how very fair it needs must be, since he lingers there."
Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church in Stockham on Thursday afternoon 2 o'clock. Rev. James B. Brown of Aurora officiated. Homer Traudt and Elizabeth Wilson sang, "City Four Square" "Abide with Me" and "Whispering Hope".
Pallbearers were John Taylor, Bill Negley, Chas. LeFever, Gene(?) Cameron, Juddy Johnson and John A. Traudt.
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