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William Robert Smith
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Birth: Jul. 17, 1889
Benton
Franklin County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 21, 1934
Bureau County
Illinois, USA

Private, Company E, 12th Engineers. Son of George W and Eliza Smith; born July 17, 1889 in Benton, IL. Entered the service at St Louis, June 29, 1917; to Jefferson Barracks; in the service 726 days; discharged June 20, 1919.

FORMER LOCAL MAN KILLED AS CAR OVERTURNS
W. Robert (Bob) Smith Instantly Killed Near Spring Valley Early Sunday Morning
W. Robert (Bob) Smith, 44, secretary in Mayor EW Mureen's office for four years and later a Coulter-Disc company employee here and in Chicago, was instantly killed at 4 o'clock Sunday morning on state route 7 two miles east of Spring Valley when his Paige coach skidded on a frosty pavement and overturned, pinning his head beneath the car frame.
Smith was driving to Galesburg for the weekend with his two nephews, George T and Ora Parker, who have been in Chicago a few months, and Miss Jeanette Lee, 95 Lincoln street, who had been on a short visit to Chicago. None of the other occupants of the auto was seriously injured, as George Parker had a small cut on one wrist and the others sustained only bruises.
The accident occurred as the car was being driven downhill at a speed around 35 miles an hour. The machine commenced to swerve, and despite Smith's efforts, it slid onto the gravel and turned over into the ditch. He was killed immediately. The auto was damaged extensively.
The body was taken to the Keegan Funeral Home in Spring Valley, where an inquest was held at 9 o'clock Sunday morning, the jury returning a verdict of death by an unavoidable accident. Later in the day the other occupants came to Galesburg, the Parker boys staying with their parents, Mr and Mrs Ira Parker, 268 W Simmons.
Mr Smith was a Galesburg resident for over 30 years. When he first came here, he was employed at the "Q" tie plant. After serving overseas during the World War, he returned here and became secretary for EW Mureen during his two terms as mayor. He also worked in the water department in that capacity. After that he became a foreman at the Coulter Disc Plant here, moving to Chicago with the manufactory three years ago. He was head time clerk at the Ingersoll Steel and Disc Company in Chicago, as the industry is named. His home was at 739 West 117th Street.
William Robert Smith was born on July 17, 1889 in Benton, Franklin County, the son of FN and Eliza Smith, and came to Galesburg when a young boy. He enlisted June 29, 1917 in the US Army at St Louis and after a period at Jefferson Barracks, went overseas. He was discharged June 20, 1919, after 726 days of service, one of the longest records of any local World War veteran. He was a private in Company E of the 12th Engineers.
On November 2, 1921, he was married to Cecille Drenning in Galesburg. She survives, with three children, Robert Eugene, aged 11, Cecille Adele, aged 8, and Paul Herbert, aged 6. He leaves two brothers, John Smith of Eldon, MO,and Aaron Smith, Mt Carmel; and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Parker and Mrs. Amanda Farrell, both of Galesburg. There are several nieces and nephews. Mr. Smith attended the Christian church when a Galesburg resident, and belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose.
The body has been brought to the Kimber and West mortuary here, from whose chapel funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, in charge of the Rev SH Zendt. Interment will be in Memorial Park.
GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL: JANUARY 22, 1934

Funeral rites for W Robert Smith were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Kimber and West funeral chapel, in charge of the Rev SH Zendt of the First Christian church. Mrs Ruby Stiles and Mrs Dorothy Drum Dawdy sang. Casket bearers were George T Parker, Ora M Parker, Axel W Telford, Edward Farrell, Ernest Mureen and Henry Jacobson. Interment was in Memorial Park, where a firing squad from Battery A, 123rd Field Artillery, shot three volleys and DO Wilt of the American Legion post sounded taps on the bugle.
GALESBURG REGISTER-MAIL: JANUARY 24, 1934 
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Galesburg
Knox County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Dec 13, 2011
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William Robert Smith
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