MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 460
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
WILLIAM P. SMITH IS NO MORE.
May 22, 1898 (hand written)
At his home on North Mulberry street occurred the death of William P. Smith, at 9:15 o’clock yesterday morning, the cause of his demise being paralysis, with which he was stricken at the breakfast table Friday morning, since which time the patient has had no interval of consciousness, while his vitality slowly, yet surely ebbed away, the end coming four days subsequent to his fatal affliction.
Mr. Smith was in his 70th year, having first seen the light of day on November 27th, 1828. He left his native place in the Emerald Isle when fourteen years of age, locating in New York. In his 26th year he was united in marriage to Miss Arretta Gardner, at Newburg, Orange county, New York, the nuptial date being December 17th, 1854. Two years later they came to Muscatine, which had been their home continuously for a period of forty-two years, their union being blessed by three sons, whom they had the pleasure of seeing grow to honorable manhood, they being Frank B., of Los Angeles, Cal., Harry A., of Alameda, Cal., and Will G., of Waterloo, Iowa.
Mr. Smith was a plasterer by trade and followed that occupation until 1886, after which he led a life of retirement in his suburban home on North Mulberry. Religiously deceased was ever a consistent member of the First Methodist Episcopal church, and of the beneficiary societies he affiliated with the Mutual Aid and Home Aid Associations. He was a quick-witted, kindly, genial man, a devoted husband and father and a citizen of character above reproach.
The funeral is appointed to take place from the residence, No. 1822 Mulberry street, Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the services to be conducted by Rev. J. W. Hackley, pastor of the First M. E. church.
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