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Peter Smith 1863-1926

SMITH, RICHARDSON, FULLER, SKINNER

Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 12/31/2010 at 17:19:16

Peter Smith Passed Away in Chicago
Resident of This City for Many Years Funeral Services Were Held Thursday

Peter Smith, for many years a resident of this city, passed away at the Cook county hospital, in Chicago, on Tuesday of last week after an illness of only a week. Although Mr. Smith has been in poor health for several years his family or friends never once realized or thought that the end was so near. Peter Smith was born in Trividale, England, April 6, 1863. He spent his early life in his native land, attending the public school and the higher institutions of learning at that place. In 1884 he was united in marriage with Miss. Elizabeth Richardson. To this union four children were born. They are Emily, Charles, John and Vernon Smith. In 1889 the family came to America and located in Childress, Texas. Mrs. Smith passed away at this place in 1907. Soon after his arrival in this country Mr. Smith entered the Texas Christian University where he completed his course of study and was ordained to the ministry in the Christian church in 1901. When a young man of fifteen years he joined the Methodist church but after his arrival in the United States entered the Christian University. On August 18, 1912, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Elizabeth Fuller at the Independence Boulevard Christian church, Kansas City, Missouri. One child, Paul Smith, was born to this union. Mr. Smith followed his calling as pastor of the Christian church as long as his health would permit but he was finally forced to give it up and entered the employ of the Rock Island railroad here as one of the yard men. This work he followed until the strike a few years ago. Six months ago he went to Chicago where he was employed at the time of his death. Those who knew Mr. Smith had nothing but respect and admiration for him. He was a consecrated Christian and used every opportunity to promote the interests of the kingdom of God. He was devout and sincere in all his works and ways and the high Christian principles and thoughts that he had were at all times reflected throughout his work and daily life. He was a kind and loving husband and father and nothing was too great to do for the good of his home and family. The remains were shipped to this city and funeral services held here Thursday afternoon from the Christian church, Rev. H. L. Olmstead officiating. The Masonic lodge, of which Mr. Smith was an active member during his residence here, were in charge of the services at the Oak Hill Cemetery. The beautiful floral offerings and the large attendance at the funeral bespoke the high respect in which Mr. Smith was held by Estherville people. The many friends of this family will extend their sympathy to them in their hours of grief and sorrow in the loss of their beloved husband and father. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, June 23, 1926)

Obituary of Peter Smith
On June 15, 1926, at Chicago, Ill., Peter Smith closed his earthly life. Brother Smith was born in Trividale, England, April 6, 1863, spending his early life there. In 1884 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Richardson. To this union four children were born, Emily, Charles, John and Vernon. He moved to America in 1899. The family located in Childress, Texas, and here Mrs. Elizabeth Smith died in 1907.

Brother Smith joined the Methodist church at the age of 15 and was a local preacher in that church for seven years. He entered Texas Christian University soon after arriving in America. He completed the course of study and was ordained to the ministry in the Christian church in 1901.

On August 18, 1912, he was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Fuller, at the Independence Boulevard Christian church, Kansas City, Missouri. To this union one child was born, Paul Smith.

Brother Smith was a consecrated Christian. He used every opportunity to promote the interests of the Kingdom of God. Those who were associated with him in life, speak only words of praise.

One daughter, Mrs. Emily Skinner, Lawrence, Kansas, and three sons, Charles Smith, St. Louis, Mo.; Vernon Smith, Kansas City, Mr. Paul Smith, Estherville, and a wife, Mrs. Peter Smith, mourn the departure of a loving father and husband. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, June 23, 1926)


 

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