Grandpa Smith’s mother –
“Mrs. Charles M. Smith. The funeral services of Mrs. Chas. M. Smith took place Thursday afternoon at the Methodist church. At 1:30 a brief service was held at the home on Burlington Avenue, conducted by the members of the Royal Neighbors of McCool, assisted by members of the same order from York. The service at the church was conducted by Rev. A. B. Bennet. A quartette composed of Miss Clara Graham, Miss Cora Conaway, Messrs. Leonard Childs and Mansfield Hervey, sang several numbers. Many floral tributes were sent by friends in token of esteem and sympathy. Interment was made in Greewood cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born in England and came to America with her parents Mathew and Jane Howell, when she was nine years old. The family home was first in Ohio and afterward in Wapello County, Iowa and here she was married to Charles M. Smith in 1870. In 1874 they came to York County, where they have since made their home. They lived for a number of years on a farm south of McCool. Several years ago they moved to this city. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, all living and residents of Nebraska. They are, George Smith of Ansley, Mrs. Peterson of Fairmont, Frank Smith of Blake, John Smith of McCool, Mrs. B.T. Price of Thayer, Mrs. Don Severn, who was detained at her home by illness, the sons and daughters were present at the service. Mrs. Smith is survived by a brother and two sisters. During her residence of more than 36 years in the county, Mr. and Mrs. Smith have made a wide acquaintance and there are scores of friends who mourn her loss and extend sympathy and mourn her loss with the bereaved family. Death came suddenly to Mrs. Smith while she was visiting at the home of her daughter Mrs. Severn.”[i]
[i] Obituary, York Daily News-Times, 20 Oct 1910 (microfilm), Nebraska State Historical Society, Lincoln, NE.