|Birth: ||Jun. 9, 1840|
|Death: ||Dec. 12, 1903|
"Hundreds of people in Wilkes-Barre and vicinity will be shocked and pained this morning to read of the death of Douglass Smith, one of the best known and most highly respected residents of the community.
Mr. Smith was out and about as late as Wednesday, although suffering from a heavy cold. This developed into pneumonia and he sank fast until the end; at near midnight last night.
Mr. Smith was 63 years of age. He was born in Philadelphia and when a youth went to Willow Grove, Pa., where he remained for a few years, coming from there to Wilkes-Barre over forty years ago. His first occupation in Wllkes-Barre was as a clerk in Reets, a general store, which was situated on West Market Street. Next he went into business with his brother-in-law (Ziba Faser) under the firm name of Faser & Smith and they conducted a dry goods business on West Market Street, where Burdlck's laundry is now located. Mr. Smith retired from this business about 1870. He then entered the employ of the wholesale firm of Whlteman & Patterson as a commercial salesman and continued in this position for many years. Several years ago he entered the office of the Wyoming Valley Ice Co. as accountant and continued until the present. He was postmaster of Wllkes-Barre about twenty-flve years ago, being succeeded by Mr. Orr.
For a number of years he had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church and one of the most prominent members of that congregation and for forty years had been superintendent of Westminster Presbyterian Sunday Scbool, taking a great interest in that school,loved and esteemed as a father by every attendant of the school. Mr. Smith was the organizer of Douglass Mission, at Lee Park, which was formed about ten years ago.
Deceased is survived by his wife (Mary Ellen Faser) and three children: Harradon Smith, the well kncwn civil engineer; Ralph A. Smith of this city and Mrs. Cheyney (Laura May) of Pa.; also by two brothers: Harry of Philadelphia and Alexander of Mt. Morris, NY
The death of Mr. Smith removes a citizen who reflected honor upon the community. He embodied in his character the attributes of an ideal manhood, and his pleasant, genial nature was at all times manifest. He lived the Christian principles which he espoused and he entered the Great Beyond with a record as clear and honorable as man could have. There will be more than a passing shadow of sorrow because of his death."
~~~Wilkes-Barre Record, Wilkes-Barre, PA; 12 Dec 1903~~~
Mary Ellen Faser Smith (1840 - 1926)*
Harradon Sterling Smith (1866 - 1944)*
Laura May Smith Cheyney (1873 - 1953)*
Ralph Alexander Smith (1877 - 1949)*
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