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"Frank" Smith

  • Birth 1884
  • Death Jan 1897 Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
  • Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
  • Memorial ID 125109050

Frank's masters grave: Samuel M. Smith

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Morning Herald
Lexington, KY
Sunday, January 24, 1897

A DOG BURIED.

In the Lexington Cemetery Yesterday.

"Frank" Laid to Rest at His Master's Feet--Peculiar and Sad Incident.

A peculiar burial took place in the Lexington cemetery yesterday afternoon, when "Frank," the 13-year-old Gordon setter dog belonging to Mrs. Jennie Smith, was buried at the foot of her husband's grave.
She is the widow if the late Samuel M. Smith, of Arizona. He made a comfortable fortune in Wall Street, and retired on account of broken health to Cynthiana, Ky., his old home. He was a brother in-law of the late Gen. W. T. Withers, the famous trotting-horse breeder, of this city.
One of his friends gave him a setter pup about thirteen years ago. He named it Frank, for one of his brothers. It was a pure black, and one of the most intelligent dogs in Kentucky, so his master thought. Mr. Smith was devotedly attached to Frank, and on his death-bed, four years ago, he told his wife that he wanted her, if she outlived Frank, to take good care of him, give him a decent burial when he died.
Mrs. Smith thought as much of the dog as did her husband. Her love for the dumb brute was increased by the evidences of sorrow showed by the dog when his master died. Every time she visited her husband's grave she brought the dog with her, and he would moan and howl with sorrow over the mound that marked the last resting place of his master. In order to be near her husband's grave, Mrs. Smith removed to this city and built an elegant $10,000 residence on East Main street adjoining the costly home of the widow of Gen. Withers. Here she lived with Frank and the family of Mr. C. F. Bower, and here Frank died.
He had been sick nearly a month, and although the best veterinary skill was employed he continued to fail, and Friday night, when his sufferings grew intense, chloroform was administered in large doses and he passed away without pain. In an interview last night, Mrs. Smith said: "The story that my dead husband had set apart a sum in his will to be used in taking care of Frank is not true. It is true that I loved the dog, and I am not ashamed of that fact. Feeling that I might dispose of this property, and knowing that it would certainly fall in stranger's hands at my death, as I have no children, I thought the best place to bury Frank would be at the foot of his master's grave. I saw the superintendent of the cemetery and obtained his permission to so bury the dog, and we buried him this afternoon. He was a faithful friend. My husband loved him and he loved my husband. He sleeps at his master's feet, with the sod of the blue grass carefully smoothed over him. Yes, my husband was a New York broker, and we have many friends there, all of whom I dare say, will be glad to know that Frank received a loving burial. No, indeed; the story that I built this house for him is ridiculous. He was treated by me just as any other good dog would have been treated. He had been in the family thirteen years, and while I did not wish his burial to become public and hoped there would be no newspaper notoriety, I am free to say that I buried the old dog in the cemetery where his rest will not be disturbed."
Mrs. Smith had Undertaker Milward make a coffin for the dog yesterday morning, and she obtained the consent of Superintendent Bell, of the cemetery to the dog's burial in her family lot. The coffin containing the remains of the dog was placed in Mrs. Headley's carriage, kindly loaned for the occasion, and taken to the cemetery, where it was buried as stated.
This is the second dog to be buried within the cemetery inclosure. The first was a valuable dog belonging to the late Col. Robert Stone, and whose grave is now marked with a monument.
It speaks well for Lexingtonians when they show such a kindly spirit toward that best of all friends among the brute species- a dog.


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  • Added: 13 Feb 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 125109050
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for "Frank" Smith (1884–Jan 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 125109050, citing Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA ; Maintained by Quietude (contributor 47201639) .