NAME: Smith, James D. (m. Catherine Franz)
OBIT: (Manson, Calhoun, Iowa)
James Smith Dead - Manson people were startled Sunday afternoon by the announcement of the death of Jas. Smith, Sr.
He had been to church as usual Sunday morning and returned home without making any complaint, sat down in a chair, said he did not feel well, moved over to the couch and expired without another word. Death was due to heart failure brought on by the exertion of walking through the cold from the church home.
The deceased was born in Westmoreland county, Penn. Feb. 22, 1830.
He was married to Miss Catherine Frantze, in 1849, in Westmoreland county. To this union, 15 children were born, all but four of whom survive him. The living are as follows: Mrs. Hannah Holland, Savannah; Mrs. Amanda McCoy, of Chicago; W. Smith, of Washington, Iowa; Robert Smith, of Lansing, Mich; Elizabeth Beggs, of Iowa City; John Smith, of Pocahontas; James Smith, Harry Smith and Mrs. Sarah Carver, of Manson; Martha Van Anken, of Columbus Junction; Tillie Albright, of Omaha, Nebr.
There are 43 grand children and 41 great grand children.
T he family lived in the east until 1876, when they moved to Manson, where he has since made his home except for a few years when he lived in the southeastern part of the state. His aged wife passed away last summer.
Mr. Smith was a member of the M.E. church and died firm in the faith.
He leaves a large circle of friends who sincerely mourn his death, but all are comforted by the belief that he will there receive the reward that has so often bene denied him here. Peace to his ashes.
The funeral was held Wednesday at the M.E. church, Rev. Cole speaking words of comfort to the family and friends.