|Birth: ||Oct. 3, 1884|
|Death: ||Sep. 1, 1917|
Sergeant, QuarterMaster's Corp. Son of EW and Lelia E Smith; born in Galesburg, October 3, 1884. Enlisted for four years in November, 1913 in QuarterMaster's Corp; transfered to Fort Oglethorpe as Sergeant; to Fort Williams, ME; received commission of 1st Lieutenant; was preparing to go across when he died of heart trouble at Boston, September 1, 1917.
US ARMY LOSES SERGEANT AND GALESBURG A BOY
A telegram was received Sunday morning by Edwin Smith who lives at 442 South Chambers street, telling of the unexpected death of his son, Harry, at Boston, MA. Harry Smith, at the time of his death, was in Boston taking a special course of study in the army preparing to go to France. He has been in the United States Army for four years, and has not been home in that time. At the time of his death he was a sergeant in the quartermaster's department.
There were no details of the death given in the telegram, it just told the he had died of heart failure. Mr. Smith and Ralph Hart, a brother-in-law, left Sunday evening for Boston to bring the body back here for burial. The telegram said that the United States would bury the Sergeant there in the government cemetery or would bear the expense of sending the body back to his home.
Mrs. Smith expects to hear from her husband tomorrow and thinks they will probably arrive here with the body about Thursday. Funeral announcements will be made later.
Harry E Smith spent his boyhood here. He graduated from the high school in 1901 and later attended business college.
Before he left Galesburg, he was employed at the CB&Q offices and later at the court house. In 1913 he went to Springfield where he had accepted a position in the traction office of the McKinley Syndicate, but was there only a short time when he enlisted in the army and went from there to Fort Oglethorpe, Virginia, where he was in the quartermaster's department for two years. From there he was transferred to Fort Williams at Portland, Oregon, and has been there until recently. He was doing some special work in that department at the time of his death and was assured of a second lieutenancy and intended to go to France with General Edwards' division.
Mr. Smith was thirty-three years old. He was one of the regiment that went to Trinidad, Colorado at the time of the miners' strike. His death comes as a great shock to his parents who did not even know he was sick. It was his usual custom to write to his mother every week and his letters had been coming regularly.
GALESBURG EVENING MAIL: SEPTEMBER 4, 1917
HARRY SMITH IS BURIED SUNDAY
Funeral services for Harry Smith were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the home of his parents, 442 S Chambers Street. Rev. NT Allen officiated and the song service was by Mrs. Harry Kimber and Mrs. Helen Carlton Marsh. Vesper Lodge No. 584 was in charge of the services at the grave in Hope Cemetery. CJ Shaw conducted the Master's ceremony with HJ Lowe as chaplain. Rev. Allen pronounced the benediction. Casket bearers were SA Davis, Clyde Bandy, EE Seeley, AG Stromgren, HW West and FL Smith.
Mr. Smith died in Boston, while studying for a commission in the American army.
GALESBURG EVENING MAIL: SEPTEMBER 10, 1917
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