William A. Smith

William A. Smith

Franklin County, New York, USA
Death 30 Apr 1888 (aged 40)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 7, Lot 49, East Center
Memorial ID 74180325 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in September 1874.

Brother of Daniel D. Smith.

•See Anna Steege Ferris Young.
•See Sarah Louise Kingsley Sleeper Boies.
•See Dr. Werner Hemstead.

      BUSINESS Changes.—We learn today that W. A. Smith and Co. have dissolved partnership, that H. A. Campbell has entered into partnership with Mr. Smith and bought the stock of Smith & Co., and will consolidate the two stocks in the room at present occupied by Smith & Co.; and that N. McFadden, the druggist, has purchased the building occupied by Mr. Campbell, and will remove his stock of drugs, etc., into it. (Brainerd Tribune, 01 July 1876, p. 1, c. 7)

      W. A. Smith of Smith & Campbell, returned home on Thursday morning. His father, W. Smith, of Fort Covington, N. Y., died on Monday, the 18 [sic]th inst. (Brainerd Tribune, 30 September 1876, p. 1, c. 6)

      We are glad to see Mr. W. A. Smith again on our streets. Thin as a shadow, to be sure, but better than several dead men yet. This after four weeks wrestling with bilious fever. (Brainerd Tribune, 31 January 1880, p. 4, c. 1)

Smith, W. A.

Is a native of Franklin county, New York, where he was reared until eighteen years of age, when he went to Syracuse and attended school for some time. He was then employed as a clerk in various mercantile houses until September, 1874, when he came to Brainerd and entered the employ of Mr. Bly, and became a partner the following spring. H. A. Campbell purchased the interest of Mr. Bly soon after, and the business was conducted by Smith & Campbell until March, 1880, when Mr. Campbell retired from the firm. Subsequently, Mr. Smith formed a partnership with W. E. Campbell, under the firm name of W. A. Smith & Company. Their business is quite extensive, carrying a stock of $20,000, and employing four salesmen. (History of the Upper Mississippi Valley, Winchell, Neill, Williams and Bryant, Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis: 1881; p. 653)

      Mr. Smith is erecting a commodious dwelling on the corner of Kingwood and Sixth streets. The main part of this building is to be twenty feet in width by twenty-six in length, with twenty feet posts, and the second addition fourteen by eighteen, one and half stories in height. This building is to be completed in neat style, and will be quite an addition to the town. It is to be completed by the first of August. (Brainerd Tribune, 11 June 1881, p. 1, c. 1)

      W. A. Smith & Co. have taken up their new quarters in the Hartley block, and their new store is a marvel of beauty and convenience in style and finish. One is reminded, when he enters this mammoth store that he is in a thriving young city, and that Messrs. Smith & Co. are among the many who are keeping pace with the times. (Brainerd Tribune, 26 November 1881, p. 4, c. 2)

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      The death of W. A. Smith was a shock to the entire community. His ailment was typhoid pneumonia and he had been confined to the house about a week, and was not considered in a dangerous condition until within two or three days before he died. The deceased was the senior member of the firm of W. A. Smith & Co., and had been a resident of this city for fourteen years. He was highly esteemed in business and private circles for his manly traits of character. Those who knew him best were his steadfast friends and in all the years of his business career in this city no word but that of respect was ever uttered in connection with his name. A wife and three children, the oldest but nine years of age, are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and kind hearted and indulgent father. The deceased was in his forty-fourth year.
      The funeral exercises were conducted at his late residence Thursday afternoon, the Rev. J. A. Rowell officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in Evergreen Cemetery. The business houses of the city all closed during the services out of respect to the deceased and his family. (Brainerd Dispatch, 04 May 1888, p. 4, c. 5)

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  • Added: 30 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74180325
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William A. Smith (22 May 1847–30 Apr 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74180325, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .