|Birth: ||Nov. 13, 1848|
|Death: ||Jan. 26, 1928|
Colfax Commoner - Page 3: "True Western Pioneer Gone -- Mrs. Mary Smith Passes to Reward - Crossed Plains in 1850 -- Moved to Albion Twenty-two Years Ago: Mrs. Mary Mark Smith, mother of Mrs. C. E. Abegglen of this city, died at her daughter's home Thursday of last week at the age of 79 years. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon. Rev. J. H. Dickson conducting the service, assisted by Rev. J. B. Bell of the Methodist Church. The music numbers were "Lead Kindly Light" and "Safe in the Arms of Jesus."
The pall bearers were M. W. McDonald, John Aegerter, I. S. Folsom, Wm. Kramlich, Sr., T. J. Hunt and Wm. T. Smith. Burial was in Albion cemetery.
Mrs. Mary M. Smith was born in Missouri 79 years ago. Ms. Smith, nee Simpson, crossed the plains with her parents in 1850. The family first settled in the Willamette Valley, Oregon, but on account of ill health the family moved to Edenville, Calif. Here she met and married Mathew M. Smith. Three of the children were born there. Mr. and Mrs. Smith, with their small family, moved to near Freewater, Oregon, and later moved to Garfield County where the other children were born and reared. Theirs was a home where the stranger was welcome. Twenty-two years ago the family moved to Albion, where nine years ago, Mr. Smith died.
Mother of Many -
She leaves to mourn her loss, five sons and four daughters who were all present during her illness: A. E. Smith, Grangeville, Idaho M. W. of Lewiston, Idaho; F. M. and E. L. of Colville; Percy Smith of Albion; Ms. C. H. Rommel of Pomeroy, Mrs. C. E. Abegglen, Colfax, Mrs. W. J. Clark, Portland, and Miss Grace Smith, Albion. Three brothers survive her: Alfred Simpson, Pendleton, Oregon; Thomas Simpson, Freewater, Oregon, and Benjamin Smith, Sebastopol, California.
Only a month before her death her oldest brother, Joseph Simpson of Albion was buried. Besides the immediate family as mentioned, she leaves fifteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, also a host of relatives and friends. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Eastern Star of Albion, which had charge of the services at the cemetery. She was a member of the local Baptist church.
Mrs. Smith was one of the sturdy pioneers. She had a mind as pure as a dew drop, a humility as beautiful as a child, a rugged righteousness suggestive of the eternal hills of God. In his funeral sermon, Rev. Dickson said: "The life of a pioneer is an interesting one, because it is filled with adventure. It was the spirit of adventure that impelled the old pioneers to cross the plains and face the hardships of privation.
"He who looks with pride upon his inheritance and highly resolves to pass it on to his descendants enlarged and enriched, is to my mind a real American. A nation is made great not by its fruitful acres, but by the men and women who cultivate them. Not by the great forests, but by the men who use them. America was a great land when Columbus discovered it; it was the pioneers that made of it a great nation. A true adventurer is loyal to his or her friends, while they are separated from each other, yet there was a fine spirit among the old pioneers, and, after all, friendship is the essence of true religion.
"Mrs. Smith had faith in God. She believed in the Bible, in the Master whom she served. She was a noble mother, a kind neighbor, a loyal Christan. And her last days were like the last days of an old patriarch. While passing through the valley and the shadow of death, encompassed by the members of her family, and not half an hour before crossing the valley she asked one of her daughters to read the 14th chapter of John. Thus passed one of the truly great pioneers of the west."
NOTE: Edenville is listed but I found later that it was Adin, Modoc, California. Also, Matthew's middle initial was cited as "M" rather than "C".
Other child maintained by someone else:
Percy Clayton Smith
Matthew Clay Smith (1841 - 1919)*
Ellen Anna Smith Rommel (1872 - 1964)*
Ancil Edgar Smith (1874 - 1942)*
Sarah Violetta Smith Abegglen (1875 - 1965)*
Mary Augusta Smith (1879 - 1892)*
Mathew Werts Smith (1881 - 1951)*
Francis Michael Smith (1883 - 1971)*
Emmett Lafayette Smith (1885 - 1965)*
Mittie Pearl Smith Clark (1889 - 1937)*
Percy C Smith (1890 - 1957)*
Grace Eula Smith Brown (1894 - 1973)*
Maintained by: Twila
Originally Created by: Floral~Lady
Record added: Apr 14, 2006
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