NAME: Smith, James S. (m. Mary E. Hubel)
OBIT: (d. 30 Jun 1912 at Cherokee, Iowa, buried Pocahontas County, Iowa)
OBITUARY OF JAMES S. SMITH
James S. Smith was born at Peoria, Ill., March 24, 1859, and died in the hospital at Cherokee, Iowa, Sunday, June 30, 1912, aged 53 years, 3 months and 6 days.
The first ten years of the life of the deceased was spent in the town of his birth, then with his parents he came to Pocahontas county, where he has lived ever since, engaging in farming. He remained with his parents until the date of his marriage.
On January 6, 1879, he was married to Miss Mary E. Hubble, and to this union was born six children, two of whom, Alice Lee aged 5 and Edward S. aged 1 1/2 years passed over the river before their father.
In 1883 he moved to Plover, where he was station agent for about seven years. He then entered the real estate and collection business, and was a Justice of the Peace for many years.
Mr. Smith was one of well known hunters of the early days in the county, and enjoyed the sport in common with his friends. He re-engaged in farming and started sheep raising with that work on his 240 acre farm south of town, where he remained until last September, when he found it necessary to move into town on account of his health, which had begun to fail perceptibly.
For the past six years his eyesight has been failing him, and during three years he has only been able to see objects at rare intervals with any degree of distinctiness, being almost totally blind most of the time. His health has rapidly failed during the past few months, and for something over two months his sufferings have been intense, and proving a great care to his family and friends.
A choir that was chosen from among the friends of the deceased rendered music appropriate to the occasion, and with the close application of the theme of the sermon made a more than ordinarily impressive service.
The (floral) tokens were many and beautiful, the Masonic, Odd Fellow and Woodmen gifts being conspicuous for (fitness), while those from friends were not wanting in beauty. At the cemetery the impressive I.O.O.F. burial service was conducted by Plover lodge, and the remains of another brother laid to his last rest.
He leaves to mourn his death a wife and four children, William S. Smith of Milbank, South Dakota; James A. Smith of Plover; Albert J. Smith of Milbank, South Dakota and Lucy A. Smith of Plover. He also leaves one sister and two brothers, his parents having preceded him to the great beyond. His sons William and Albert were unable to reach home in time for the funeral, but arrived a few hours after to add their word of comfort to their sorrowing mother.
The deceased leaves a $2,000 policy in the Modern Woodmen of America, a farm of 240 acres and other property and real estate.
Card of Thanks
We wish to thank all those who so graciously helped us during the sickness and death of our husband and father, and to the I.O.O.F. and Masonic lodges of this place we feel deeply endebted and will always remember their kindness.
Mrs. Jas. Smith and Family