Submitted by: Carole Tremaglio
Mrs. Minnie Smith, beloved wife of Charles L. Smith, cigar manuafcturer (sic), of 219 Clinton street, born Minnie Davenport, daughter of Uriah and Mary Davenport at Witt Station, Ill., September 25th, 1871. At an early age she moved with her parents to Lincoln, Illinois.
She was married to Charles L. Smith, 52 years ago, on May 31, 1890. To this union 11 children were born as follows: Claude, Harry, Aria (sic), Velma, Clarence, Frances, Emil, Mamie, Clifford, Ella and Frank. Preceding her in death were Claude and Clifford who on June 3, 1942 welcomed their mother into Heaven.
Now that God has called her back home to Him, she will be remembered, from her early childhood companions to her last and most devoted Pal and husband as one who was always ready to give a cheerful word or lend a helping hand. She won the hearts of many friends and became one of our most belived and respected citizens.
Her life was one of good deeds. She saw no evil in any one and was always grateful for God's blessings bestowed on her.
The gratitude she showed in life, was her love for her husband, children and friends. Such blessings God bestows upon His children on earth Minnie Smith was such an Angel.
On May 31, 1940, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Smith celebrated their golden wedding anniversary and they enjoyed 52 years of happy married life. Surviving, besides the husband and children are 32 grandchildren and six great grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers and a host of relatives and friends.
Services were held at 2 P.M. Saturday, June 6, at the First Baptist church with Rev. J. W. Terjung officiating.
A duet composed of Misses Betty Franz and Ruth Shane sang the following selections: "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere,""The Old Rugged Cross" and "We Are Going Down the Valley One by One."
Pallbearers were as follows: Lionel Hodgdon, Elmer Pierce, Alex Howatson, Charles Keagle, Col Frank Wolpert and Frank Buckstegge. Burial was in Union cemetery.