. . . . . . . . . . Civil War Veteran Company F., 27th Me. Regiment . . . . . . . . . . Biddeford Daily Journal. Saturday Evening. June 8, 1907. End Came Suddenly. Death of Atwood Smith at Hospital. Atwood F. Smith, one of Biddeford's best known and highly respected residents and also a veteran of the Civil war, died Friday night a little after 6 o'clock at the Trull hospital. His age was 69 years and ten days.
Mr. Smith was taken to the Trull hospital a week ago last Wednesday suffering from blood poisoning in his right hand. He cut his thumb while doing repair work in the Pepperell carpenter shop where he was employed for many years. He went to the shellac pot and stuck his thumb in it, which is often done, and covered the cut with the shellac and hiso put on a piece of leather to keep the dirt out. The shellac, it seems, had been "cut" with wood alcohol.
Mr. Smith took no more notice of it until a week ago Sunday. He attended the G.A.R. services at the Advent church on that day and was enjoying good health. On his return to his home he complained of being sick and said his thumb was bothering him. Monday morning he was in a bad condition and Dr. Randall was sent for. He found the thumb badly swollen and colored and after learning the facts the physician saw it was a case of blood poisoning. He treated Mr. Smith at his home up to a week ago Wednesday and noticing that his condition was growing worse, the doctor had him removed to the Trull hospital. Mr. Smith made a decided improvement at once, and everything looked favorable for his recovery. The hand appeared to be getting better and Mr. Smith told his son, T.W.A. Smith, the florist, he hoped to be able to return home in a few days. Friday morning between 6 and 7 o'clock Mr. Smith had a bad attack of heart failure and his son was sent for. The patient rallied, however, and up to 3 o'clock he appeared to be gaining from the morning attack. He had another spell of heart failure at 3 o'clock, from which he did not recover. At the time of his death the private nurse was changing his clothes, which was done at his request. The lady had not finished her work when Mr. Smith suddenly expired.
The deceased has been a resident of Biddeford many years. He was born in Hollis, and was the son of Hiram B. and Betsey T. (Ford) Smith. He received a public school education and during the Civil war enlisted with Company F., 27th Me. Regiment. He was of a quiet disposition and a rugged constitution. He possessed all the qualifications for a good citizen. He was a member of Sheridan Post, G.A.R. and Laconia lodge, I.O.O.F. Mr. Smith was a regular attendant at the Jefferson street Free Will Baptist church. In politics he was a staunch Republican.
Besides his son, T.W.A. Smith, he is survived by two brothers, Josiah H., of Biddeford and Sylvanus Smith of Concord, N.H. The funeral will take place Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the late residence 43 Prospect street. The G.A.R. service will be performed at the funeral by members of Sheridan post. . . . . . . . . . .