|Birth: ||Aug. 27, 1836|
New Haven County
|Death: ||Dec. 16, 1929|
The death of Mrs. Jane Maria Averill Smith of B Street North Monday night removed a woman associated with the life of Forest Grove (Oregon) for the past 60 years.
Though she suffered with a chronic trouble, she was incapacitated only a day before dropping into her final sleep quietly at 10 o'clock Monday at her home.
Coming to this community as a bride in 1869, Mrs. Smith at once assumed her place as a comforter of the unfortunate. Her charities however, were performed quietly and without ostentation. Her habit was to forget immediately the good deed as soon as it was accomplished.
She was born in Branford, Connecticut, August 27, 1828 on the homestead where Lafayete was frequently entertained by Mrs. Smith's grandfather, a soldier of the Reviolution. It was there that Alvin T. Smith sought her for his bride 13 years after the death of his first wife. Mr. Smith had left his New England home in 1840 and had come to the Oregon country as an independent missionary. Following the death of his wife he returned to Brandford. Immediately following her marriage, Mrs. Smith accompanied her husband to the west coming across the plains to San Francisco and then by boat to Portland.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith settled on the Smith donation land claim of 640 acres near Carnation where they lived for two years. It was during that time Sydney Harper Marsh, first president of Pacific University made his home with them.
Although Mr. Smith was closely identified with Tualatin academy as one of the incorporatiors and its treasurer for many years, Mrs. Smith's interest was bound up in the Congregational Church. The first meeting house was built on the Eells land in the center of the block between Main Street and College Way fronting on Pacific Avenue east and Mr. Smith gave the substantial sum of $1000 toward its construction. Later when the church was destroyed by fire and her husband was dead, Mrs. Smith gave financial help toward the building of a new church erected in 1904 and also bought the church bell. Following the disastrous fire of 1919 when the building was again destroyed, Mrs. Smith helped generously and the bell which had melted was ordered recast and enlarged. She would never consent, however, to have any public acknowledgement made of her many gifts to the church, nor would she permit any publicity to be made of her many acts of charity. Although taking a keen interest in the church, it was not until 1887, 18 years after coming west and one year before the death of her husband that she withdrew her membership from the Connecticut church and formally joined the Forest Grove Church.
Fifty-four years ago, Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved to the property on First Avenue north and B Street to a house which was later removed for the building of the present one. Though no children were born to their marriage, many young people called the Smith house "home". Many students at the academy owed their education to the generosity of Mr. Smith and Mrs. Smith made a home for them. A niece and nephew of Mrs. Smith's were taken into the home, the niece dying some time ago. The nephew, H.C.Danforth and three nieces and two other nephews survive Mrs. Smith. There is a cousin living in Connecticut.
Funeral services will be held at Mrs. Smith's late residence on B Street Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by the Rev. Arthur S Stook of the Congregational Church. Interment will take place in the Forest View Cemetery. The Forest Grove Undertaking company has charge of the arrangements. Pall bearers will be W.W. McEldowney, W.B. Potwin, Dr. Charles Hines, Dr. J.S. Bishop, J.E. Bailey and Watson Lea. Mrs. John Connell of Hillsboro, a friend of the family, will be soloist.
Information from printed obituary, probably from Forest Grove newspaper or other local paper.
Alvin Thompson Smith (1802 - 1888)
"Wife of Alvin T. Smith"
Forest View Cemetery
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