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Smith, Anna (Heckmaster) 1857-1918


Posted By: Ken Johnson (email)
Date: 1/18/2016 at 13:11:10

[from the Thurs., 9 May 1918 issue of the “Elkader Register,” page 7, column 2


Mrs. Cam B. Smith nee Heckmaster Died at Des Moines

Mrs. Cam G. Smith was born in Watertown, Wis., in the year 1847 [sic], and came to this state in early childhood. She made her home in Elkader until she became united in the bonds of holy wedlock with Cam G. Smith, on Dec. 16, 1878.

To this union have been born four children, two sons and as many daughters, namely: Samuel Charles Smith, who received a fatal shot from a bandit in Omaha about a year ago; Ralph E. Smith, who passed away in early childhood; the Misses Elmina and Sarah Gale, who survive the mother and make their home with the father in Des Moines.

About three years ago the deceased was stricken with paralysis, from the effects of which she never fully recovered. About six weeks ago she suffered again from two light strokes, and the fatal shock came last Friday. So severe was that attack that Mrs. Smith never recovered consciousness, and she crossed the silent river at 10:15 on Friday, May 3rd.

In addition to the husband and two daughters, five sisters and two brothers and a grandson are left to mourn the loss of a loved one. The sisters are the Misses Augusta M. and Julia B. Heckmaster, of Elkader; Miss Mina F. Heckmaster, of Canton, S. D.; Mrs. S. M. Davies [sic], of Nora Springs, Iowa; Mrs. Henry Mickelson, of Canton, S. D. The brothers are Geo. H. Heckmaster, of Elkader, and Charles A. Heckmaster, of Canton, S. D.

A service was held at the home in Des Moines on Sunday. The same night the sorrowing company started with the body of their loved one for Elkader, arriving here on the evening train on Monday. A short service was conducted at the Heckmaster home on Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock by the Rev. G. R. Hull, the new pastor of the local Congregational church. During the service two solos were rendered by Mrs. G. G. White. The procession then wended its way to the East Side cemetery, where interment was made.

The many beautiful floral pieces testified to the love and high esteem in which the deceased has been held in life by the many who came to know her.

[TRANSCRIBER’S NOTEs: Her first name was “Anna M.” according to her transcribed county marriage record at familysearch.org and census records. She was born in Jan. 1857, per the 1900 census, and was age 13 years in 1870 and 53 years in 1910. The surname of one of her sisters is “Davis” not “Davies” as found in the transcribed county marriage record of this sister (Dora) at familysearch.org and on her posting at findagrave.com.]

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