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Bertha Smith
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1910
Montcalm County
Michigan, USA
Death: Apr. 13, 1913
Montcalm County
Michigan, USA


Little Bertha Smith Stepped on a Tilting Cover and Fell in Cistern

Last Sunday afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Peter Smith, who reside two miles west of this city, visited their new neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Mosier, on the Wright place a short distance from their home. While they were in Mosier's yard they missed one of their children, Bertha, aged three years. Search was immediately made and about ten minutes later the body of the little girl was found in the cistern. All efforts to resuscitate her were unavailing. The cistern was located about fifteen feet from where the girl was first missed. The top or opening of the cistern came only a few inches above the ground. It was covered with an iron cover, which was quite large. By pressing on one side of the cover it would tilt up and when the pressure was removed it would drop back into place again. It is presumed that the child stepped on this cover and dropped into the cistern and to her death, The parents nor the other children did not hear her make any outcry. Funeral services were held at the grief stricken home Tuesday. Rev. Wm. Wiedenhoeft officiating.
Family links: 
  Peter Hansen Smith (1868 - 1959)
  Mary B. Hansen Smith (1881 - 1961)
  Hans Peter Smith (1903 - 1986)*
  Johanna Smith Rasmussen (1905 - 1998)*
  Christina Smith (1906 - 1914)*
  Dorthea Smith (1908 - 1954)*
  Bertha Smith (1910 - 1913)
  Neils Peter Smith (1912 - 1997)*
  Martin Peter Smith (1914 - 1995)*
  John Peter Smith (1916 - 2002)*
  Albert Peter Smith (1918 - 2003)*
  Charles Peter Smith (1920 - 1995)*
  Alan Peter Smith (1922 - 1980)*
*Calculated relationship
Forest Hill Cemetery
Montcalm County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Sec: 1, Lot: 9, Row: 5, Sp: 2
Maintained by: Smith
Originally Created by: John C. Anderson
Record added: Dec 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45677688
Bertha Smith
Added by: John C. Anderson
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 Added: Jul. 17, 2010

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