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SMITH, Ruth Adele Lyman (COBB)


Posted By: Sharon R Becker (email)
Date: 1/26/2016 at 01:32:32

Biography ~ Ruth Adele Lyman (Cobb) Smith
December 09, 1872 ~ May 04, 1926

Ruth Adele Lyman(Cobb) Smith was born on December 9, 1872 at Little Sioux, Iowa, the daughter of Elijah and Alice E. Cobb. Ruth received her education at Acacia College, Crowley, Iowa, and the National School of Elecutionand Oratory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1895, Ruth accepted a position as an English instructor at Graceland College (present-day Graceland University), Lamoni, Iowa. She also taught physical culture and was among the first faculty members at the college. In 1916, Ruth served as the president of the Women's Auxiliary.

She married Frederick Madison Smith on August 3, 1897.

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The Independent Patriot
Lamoni, Decatur County, Iowa
August 04, 1897


At the residence of the bride's mother, on the evening of Tuesday, August 3, 1897, Pres. Joseph Smith officiating, Mr. Fred M. Smith, son of Pres. Joseph Smith, to Miss Ruth L. Cobb, daughter of Mrs. Alice E. Cobb, all of Lamoni.

None but immediate relatives were present. Arrangements had been made to completely surprise all the guests, who had simply understood that they were to partake of ice cream. When all was ready, Pres. Smith arose and stated that he had been in Lamoni a number of years and had always endeavored to be a good citizen. That he had been engaged here and elsewhere for a number of years in giving his daughters away, until he had but one left, and he thought it nothing more right that the tide should turn, and he should begin getting some daughters in return. With this introduction he turned to the marriage ceremony, which was observed in the usual form.

Nearly all the guests were completely surprised.

The groom is the oldest son of Pres. Smith, and the bride is a daughter of Mrs. Alice E. Cobb, and has charge of the elocutionary department in Graceland college.

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Fred and Ruth were the parents of Alice Myrmida and Lois Audentia Smith.

Ruth died on May 4, 1926, Independence, Missouri. Frederick Madison "Fred" Smith was born on January 21, 1874, Plano, Illinois, the son of Joseph II and Bertha (Madison) Smith, and died on March 20, 1946, Independence, Missouri. They were interred at Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, Missouri.

Fred and Ruth's two daughters: Alice Myrmida (Smith) Edwards was born March 29, 1899, Lamoni, Iowa, married June 27, 1924 Francis Henry Edwards (1897-1991), died July 17, 1973, Independence, Missouri, interment Rose Hill Cemetery, Lamoni, Iowa; and, Lois Audentia (Smith) Larsen was born March 25, 1907, Lamoni, Iowa, married Edward J. Larsen (1904-1997), died November 25, 1992, interment Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, Missouri.


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Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, December of 2015


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