Wadena Pioneer Journal April 17, 1924
SMITH: Sidney C Smith lost the meager chance to live, the one ray of hope held out to him by the physicians and surgeons at Rochester, when he submitted to an operation for the removal of a tumor on the brain. He died shortly after the operation Thursday afternoon, April 10th. The remains were brought back to this city Saturday and the funeral conducted by the Rev. Fr. Lenger, at St. Ann's Catholic Church, interment being made in the local cemetery.
Mr Smith operated a barber shop next to the Murray Land Office for several years past and in that time acquired a wide acquaintance. His untimely end came as a severe shock to the community, for in his quiet way, Mr. Smith had won a warm spot in the hearts of all.
Mr. Smith was born in Schuyler County, Ill., March 24, 1886 and moved to Columbus, Neb., with his parents when one year old. His mother died when he was eighteen months old and at that time he was given a home with M/M. John H. Craun near Columbus, Neb.., where he stayed until he was eighteen years old. Then he moved to Albion, Neb. Living there seven years. In December 1911, he moved to Minnesota living at Paynesville for two years, then moving to Wadena in 1914, where he worked in the barber shop for C.A. Prettyman for three years. On March 29, 1916, he was married to Miss Emma Witzke, at Bluffton, Minn. To this union five children were born, Sidney H. Smith, age 7 years, Jeanette C. Smith, five years old, Eugene W. Smith, age three years, Gilbert S. Smith, age two years and Dorothy G. Smith, five months old.
Mr. Smith made his home in Wadena since the time of his marriage excepting one year spent in Verndale. Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, 5 children, two brothers, two foster brothers and two foster sisters, Sylvester Smith of Lewellen, Neb., Harvey Smith, of Martha, Neb., J.W.C Craun, Johnstown, Neb., Mrs George W. Carter, Wadena, Miss Mary E. Craun, Wadena, Charley C. Craun, Monroe, Wash.
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