SMIT, Harm 1858-1932
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Date: 9/4/2015 at 21:27:38
Holland Resident Died At Iowa City Hospital
Harm Smit from Holland died at the hospital at Iowa City at eleven o'clock Tuesday forenoon. He had been in failing health for several months. Three weeks ago he was taken to Iowa City for an examination and treatment but nothing could be done for him to bring about a permanent cure.
The body was brought to the home at Holland last night. Funeral services will be held at Holland on Friday afternoon. Burial will be in the Holland cemetery.
Mr. Smit had been a resident of Holland for twenty-five years. During nearly all of that time he was employed as a workman on the Rock Island section crew operating out of Holland. He is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Dick Werkman and Mrs. Timmer. The sons are Henry and Jake from Iowa Falls.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 19 May 1932, pg 1
Last Rites For Harm Smit Held Friday Afternoon
Funeral services for the late Harm Smit were held Friday afternoon on the lawn at the deceased's home in Holland. Rev. D. Siemsen spoke in the German language, and Rev. W. Rutgers of Grundy Center delivered a funeral sermon using the American. Burial was in the Holland cemetery. Six grandsons served as pallbearers, Onno, Henry, Harm and Dick Werkman, Harm Nuis and Harm Timmer of Ackley.
Mr. Smit was born in the Netherlands. He had made his home here the last twenty-five years. He was aged 73 years, 5 months and 28 days.
Surviving to mourn the loss of a loving and considerate husband and father are the widow and four children: Mrs. Dick Werkman, Mrs. Timmer, and Henry and Jake Smit, both of Iowa Falls.
Harm Smit was born in Oostwald, Province of Groningen, Netherlands, on the 19th day of December, 1858. He was united in marriage with Grietje Kaampman at Bennewald, Netherlands, on May 25th, 1883. This union was blessed with four children, all of whom are living. On March 6th, 1907, the family set foot on American shores, coming directly to the vicinity of Holland, Iowa. Mr. Smit was a member of the Reformed church in the Netherlands and later became a member of the local Christian Reformed church in Holland.
About three weeks ago an ailment that had troubled him for some time compelled him to seek medical aid, and he entered the University Hospital at Iowa City, where he peacefully departed this life on May 17 at 11 o'clock a.m., reaching the age of 73 years, 4 months and 28 days.
Surviving beside the immediate family are two sisters, Mrs. Anno Roemling, of Holland, and Miss Gepke Smit, in the Netherlands, 25 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 26 May 1932, pg 9
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