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Sterling Standard Gazette, July 27, 1899


Wife of the Well Known Physician Passes Away in Chicago

Mrs. Rachel Smith, wife of Dr. A. C. Smith, of this city, passed away Wednesday evening at 6 o'clock at the Wesley hospital in Chicago. The remains were brought home at noon today, and the funeral will be held Saturday afternoon, the time and place to be announced later.

Mrs. Smith went to Chicago a few days ago and on Monday submitted to an operation. She rallied well after th operation was performed; and it looked as if she would get well. On Wednesday evening a message was received in this city from Dr. Smith saying that Mrs. Smith's condition was excellent and that there was every hope that she would recover.

A short time later another message came stating that the sufferer was much worse and that little hope was entertained for her life. A few minutes later the telegram announcing the sad news of the death of the beloved woman was received. Mrs. Smith had been in poor health for the last ten years. Once before she submitted to an operation which relieved her to some extent.

Rachel Garit Smith would have been fifty-nine years of age on the eighteenth of next January. She was born at Utica, N. Y. In 1863 she was married to Dr. A. C. Smith, at Rushville, Ill. Some years afterward she with her husband moved to Tampico, where she lived and was greatly beloved by the people for twenty-three years. In 1895, in the month of May. Dr. and Mrs. Smith moved to Sterling, where they have made their home since.

Besides her husband the deceased leaves five children to mourn her death; Mrs. Ella Remington, of Montour, Ia.; Mrs. Emma Greenman, of Tampico; Mrs.Eva Johnson, or Toledo, Ia.. ; Ford Smith of Sterling, and Miss Ermyne Smith of Sterling.

The deceased was a woman of many excellent qualities. As a wife she was loving, kind and true; as a mother helpful, gentle and indulgent. As a friend she was loyalty itself. She was of a generous disposition and was kindly disposed toward all. Those who knew her best loved her most and most deeply mourn her sad death. She was a faithful member of the Baptist church, and it may be said of her that one of her chiefest glories was that she was the mother of a large family, every member of which is professing Christian.

The family at this time has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.


Sterling Daily Standard
Thursday, July 27, 1899
pg. 1;4

Also mentioned in Sterling Standard Gazette 6;2

Funeral of Mrs. A. C. Smith

Services will be held at the Residence Saturday  afternoon at 2 o'clock. The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. A. C. Smith will be held at the residence, Sixth Avenue, between 3rd and 4th streets, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. Doctor A. L. Wilkinson of the Baptist Church of Sterling and Rev. W B. Morris, of DeKalb, will officiate.

The following gentleman will act as pallbearers:


George P. Perry   J. E. Philips
E. Daveler             E. K. Jenkins
W. S. Adams         I. M. Philips

All of the children of the deceased have arrived in Sterling.

(similar information was printed in the July 29, 1899, Standard issue, page 1;5)



Dr. Smith's Wife Died in Chicago Hospital Last Evening - Funeral Saturday

The death of Mrs. A. C. Smith, wife of Dr. A. C. Smith of this city took place last evening at 6 o'clock in the Wesley Hospital at Chicago, where she had a few days previous undergone a severe surgical operation. Hope for her recovery was not given up until shortly before the end came.

The body arrived here on the noon train today and the funeral will be held Saturday, though the exact tiem has not as yet been set.

Rachel Gariett (sic) was born at Utica, New York, Jan. 18, 1841, and was therefore in the fifty-ninth year of her age at the time of her death.

In 1872 Dr. and Mrs. Smith moved to Tampico, where they resided until May. 1895, when they came to this city, where they have since resided. With th bereaved husband five children survive, namely; Mrs. Ella Remmington (sic), of Montour, Iowa; Mrs. Emma Greenman, of Tampico; Mrs. Eva Johnson, of toledo, Iowa; Miss Ermyn, residing at home and Ford, a son, also a resident of this city.

Mrs. Smith had been a sufferer for years and previously had to suffer under the surgeon's knive. She was a devout Christian woman and a mother whose whole life was given to her children. Eminently domestic in all her traits of character her great and good heart was only appreciated by a few of those who knew her best.

Since coming to this city her health and cares of home have prevented her making a wide acquaintance, but those who have known her best grieve deepest at the news of her demise.


July 29, 1899 1

Mrs. A. C. Smith's Funeral

Large Concourse of Friends Attended Services At Family Home This Afternoon

The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. A. C. Smith took place this afternoon at the family home on Sixth Avenue. The house was filled to its capasity with many friends and many were unable to gain entrance.


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