Burnetta Smeltser was born December
21, 1857, the second of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Smeltser, at
Laporte City, Ia. She was
baptized at an early age into the Grace Methodist church, and was a religious
worker until her death. In 1874
she was married to Fred J. Taylor at Laporte City, Iowa, and to this union six
children were born. Mr. and Mrs.
Taylor moved to Joplin, Mo., in 1876, and lived there one year, coming to
Independence where Mr. Taylor died in 1893.
Mrs. Taylor had lived in Independence 54 years at the time of her death
Friday morning, December 23 at 1:30 at the home 301 South Sixteenth. She died of cancer after an illness of two months her death
occuring one day after her 75th birthday.
Mrs. Taylor was loved by all her neighbors and was known as a very
patient and sweet person, always good and kind to everyone.
Besides her many friends, Mrs. Taylor leaves to mourn her death: three
sons, Milton J. Taylor of El Paso, Tex., and Fred Taylor of Oklahoma City; one
daughter, Mrs. Otho Anderson of Alberta, Canada; three sisters, Mrs. Grace
Overstreet of Hollywood, Calif., Mrs. Alta Wetmore of Springfield, Mo. , and
Mrs. Mary Chenoweth of Carthage, Mo., several nieces and nephews 12 great
grandchildren and 18 grandchildren. Two daughters Pearl and Flora, preceded her death.
Monday for Mrs. Burnetta Taylor
Funeral services for Mrs. Burnetta Smeltzer Taylor, 75 will be
held Monday afternoon at the Grace Methodist Episcopal church at 3 o'clock
with Rev. A. C. Stewart in charge. Burial
will be made in Mount Hope cemetery.
Clipping: (Husband of Brunetta Smeltzer)
J. Taylor, the carpenter, who has been sick since his return in January, from
work in the Territory, died on Saturday morning, of cancer of the stomach aged
about 48 years. He leaves a wife and six children.
DAISY AMELIA SMELSER
In this city, April
25th, of typhoid fever, Daisy Amelia, daughter of George W. and Sarah
Smelser, aged 2 years, 7 months and 1 day.
Mrs. Elizabeth Smelser,
wife of Henry Smelser, died last Sunday morning at 2 o'clock.
She was a venerable old lady 85 years of age, and had been a life-long Christian, having been a member of the Lutheran church for 60 years.
There are five of her children now living, three of them being dead. Her husband, Henry, is very old, but is in moderate good
health. They have lived together
for 60 years, being married in 1822. Mrs.
Smelser was born in Virginia and came to this state in 1859, and is known to
nearly all of the old settlers. She
was a kind mother, and a good Christian lady, and always lived a most
honorable and upright life.
The funeral services were conducted by elder Pottle at the M. E.
church, at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon, where a large congregation of friends
and relatives had assembled. Her
remains were deposited in West View Cemetery.
G. W. SMELSER DEAD.
From Saturday's Daily.
in Indiana, moved to Iowa, moved to Independence, Kansas in 1870,
moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas about 1885 - 87
Our former townsman, George W. Smeltser of
Eureka, Ark., was here last week visiting his daughter, Mrs. B. Taylor on
South Sixteenth, and she enjoyed the home coming of her son, Neal of El
Paso, in the auditing department of a big cement company; and son Fred,
who is making good in the Oilton oil fields as a tool dresser at $7 per
day, and Milton and family, and with Miss Pearl, they visited her
daughters, Mrs. Flora Ashley near Elk city, and Alta, Mrs. Otho Anderson
in Sycamore. It was a great reunion for Mrs. Taylor's family.
Mr. Smelser came by wagon from Iowa and located here in June, 1870,
and was a carpenter, his wife had a millinery store just south of Haas'
clothing store. Both did
stalwart service in town and church building in pioneer days, but in the
hard times of 1885-'87 they sold and went to Eureka Springs.
Both are enjoying life, and they have their old friends, Horance T.
Mills and wife near them.
an Independence, Kansas newspaper
W. Smelser the Oldest Pioneer Dead.
G. W. Smelser the oldest pioneer in Independence, in age 90
years and one of the very oldest settlers of this city, coming here in '69
or early '70, and locating his home just South of the Haas Clothing store
where he continued to live for years and where his good wife and Mrs.
Dunham carried on a millinery store.
Mr. Smelser was a good Christian and a fine mechanic, and had
charge of building the first Methodist church in 1876 and framed the self
supporting roof that stood without giving away in any manner until it was
torn down a few years ago.
With his family they moved to Eureka Springs and for years
resided there, after the death of his wife he has made his home with his
daughters in various places for the last few years he has made his home
with his daughter Mrs. Fred Taylor of South 16 street, where he died after
a short illness on last Thursday.
Mrs. J. H. Dickens received the following
telegram this morning:
"I will arrive Sunday morning 10 o'clock, with father's body.
Please notify Times-Echo, so friends will know.
Expect we will bury him in the afternoon about 2 o'clock."
signed Mrs. Grace Overstreet.
While Mrs. Overstreet resides in Springfield, Mo., the telegram was
sent from Independence, Kans., where Mr. Smelser had been making his home
with his oldest daughter, since leaving Eureka Springs a few years ago.
The telegram did not state when Mr. Smelser died.
Blocksom-Newton received a telegram to meet the body at the train
and have the grave dug beside that of his wife who passed away in this
city some years ago.
Mr. Smelser was an early settler in Eureka Springs and resided here
until the death of his wife, when he went to Independence, Kan.
He is survived by several children, among them Mrs. Grace
Overstreet, Mrs. Alta Wetmore, Mrs. Chenoweth and John Smelser, who are
well known to the residents of this city.
Mr. Smelser, while here, was a regular attendant of the M. E.
church, South. He was highly
respected and has many friends in the city who will read of his death with
The will of G. W.
Smelser, deceased was filed and admitted to the probate and letters of
administration were issued to Brunetta Taylor, his daughter, Mr. Smelser
during his lifetime had made his home with Mrs. Taylor.
Porte City, Iowa
Resident of Community for Nearly 65
Years, Died Tuesday Afternoon.
the age of four score and ten years, twenty years more than the allotted span
of three score and ten, "Uncle John" Smelser passed peacefully away
at his home in this city on Tuesday afternoon.
His death did not come unexpected for he had been confined to his bed
for many weeks, the body weakened by the infirmities of advanced age and the
vital spark of life flickering feebly until it at last went out.
Mr. Smelser was one among the few remaining of the pioneers of this
section of the state, and his death removes one of the oldest men of the
vicinity and one among those of the longest residence.
the following obituary notice has been written for the Progress-Review
by W. W. Hamilton of this city who knew the deceased and neighbored with him
during the pioneer days of this vicinity.
Died, at his home in this city, Feb. 6th, 1917, Mr. John Smelser, aged
90 years, 3 months and 15 days, after a lingering illness of several months
duration. John A.
Smelser was born in East Tennessee, October 22, 1826, and came with his
parents when a child four years old to Boone county, Indiana, in 1830.
Mr. Smelser was married to Miss Mary A. Hogshire in October 1846.
to this union five children were born, two dying in early childhood.
Mr. Smelser moved to Iowa in the fall of 1952.
The following spring he located 3 miles southeast of La Porte City, on
At that time there was not a dwelling house in La Porte City, and Mr.
Smelser helped to build the first house in La Porte City, and Mr. Smelser
helped to build the first house in the town.
He experienced all of the
hardships of the early settler. Being
of a religious bent of mind and desiring a place to meet for religious
worship, he, with a few of his neighbors, organized our first Methodist class
meeting in this locality at the home of one Stephen Williams, of which he was
an active member for several years. Eventually
that class was the means from which the Methodist church at Mt. Auburn was
founded. No one can estimate the good that will result from the
organization of that class. Later
on he identified himself with the Methodist church of La Porte City of which
he has been a consistent member for 49 years.
Mr. Smelser was not only a Christian by profession but by practice also,
which was exemplified in his daily walk and conversation.
Surely his good works will live after him.
In the fall of 1891 he moved to La Porte City, where he has continued
to live. His wife, Mrs. Mary
Smelser, died February 14, 1893. He
was again married to Mrs. Mary a. Dooley in 1898.
There are left to mourn his loss his aged wife, three sons and five
grandchildren. The sons are John
Smelser of Sioux Falls, S. Dak., Ernest Smelser, of Hendrick, Minn., and Henry
Smelser of this city.
The funeral services were held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the
Methodist church. The services were conducted by Rev. A. W. Henke, pastor of
the church, and the body was laid to rest in West View cemetery.
Many of the old friends and neighbors who had known and respected
"Uncle John Smelser" were present to pay a last
at West View Cemetery
porte City, Feb 26. ---In the death of Mrs. John Cotton, age 78 years,
which occurred Wednesday night at 11:10 o'clock at her home on Main
street, La Porte City loses another of her oldest pioneer residents.
Death followed a prolonged illness,
culminating in a general breakdown.
She had always been strong and healthy and she retained much of her
strength and mental faculties until nearly three weeks ago.
At that time blood pressure on the brain effected the optic nerve,
causing a total loss of sight. This
continued up to a week ago when it caused paralysis of the right side,
During all these long weeks of sickness she made a heroic fight, never
complaining or bemoaning her fate. Coming
to this locality more than fifty years ago, where she had resided
continuously, she formed a wide acquaintance.
Only fragrant memories of a long and loving life remain for the
bereaved family, all of whom have been untiring in their devotion to the
Mrs. Cotton had a strong personality and the influence exerted by
this noble woman was a power for good for more than two generations. Her home has been truly hospitable thruout all these years.
Mrs. Cotton, whose
maiden name was Margaret Hackett, was born near Ada, Hardin county, Ohio,
August 11, 1838. When a girl
in her teens she came with her parents to Iowa, where they settled on a
farm south of town. On Feb.
10, 1859, she was united in
marriage to William Smelser, who, when the Civil war broke out, answered
his country's call and went to the front.
At the close of the war he returned to his family, but was so
broken in health that he lived but four months.
Two children were born to them, Mrs. A. A. Hudson of this city and
George Smelser of Waterloo. In
May, 1865 she was again married to John Cotton, who, with one daughter,
Mrs. John O. Reilley, of Waterloo survives.
In 1887, Mr. and Mrs. Cotton retired from the active duties of farm
life and came to this city to enjoy the fruits of their toll, residing in
their home on Main street.
There is also left to mourn her loss two step-children, Judge Eber
Cotton of Lawton, Okla., and Mrs. C. E. Young of Waterloo: two brothers
and two sisters, William and George Hackett and Mrs. Joseph Human, all of
this place, and Mrs. William Bobst of Giltner, Neb.; four grandchildren,
two step-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted this afternoon (Saturday) at 2:30 from
the late home, in charge of Rev. E. S. Genung, pastor of the Presbyterian church,
of which deceased had been a member for twenty-six years.
Burial was in West View cemetery.
Porte City, Iowa
death of Mrs. Mary A. Smelser occured last Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, 1893, at
1:45 a.m., at her residence in La Porte City.
Since November last she has been failing, but was not entirely helpless
until a few days before her demise.
The deceased, whose maiden name was Hogshire, was born in Ohio, Aug. 6,
1830. In 1832 she removed with
her parents to Indiana and went through the hardships and trials of pioneer
life. She was married to John
Smelser Oct. 8, 1846, and in 1852 emigrated to Benton county, Iowa, where
neighbors were then 6 and 7 miles from her, and her second pioneer life was
filled with hardships. Here she
lived until three years since, when she and her husband retired from active
farm life and came to La Porte City. She became a member of the Methodist church in her youth and
was faithful to her church vows until her departure. She was the mother of five children, three of whom survive
her and were with her in her last hours, together with her only living brother
Funeral services were held in the M. E. church Feb. 16, by the pastor,
Rev. I. C. Lusk and her former pastor, Rev. R. Swearingen, of Mt. Auburn,
assisted by Rev's. Koons and Mell of this city.
Her remains were laid to rest in West View cemetery.
MEMORY OF OUR DEAR MOTHER (Mary A. Smelser)
is my mother? She is gone,
The road we all must go,
has pleased our Blessed Lord
To call her from below.
is my mother? gone but not forgotten
By loved ones, friends or neighbors,
gone to reap the benefit,
Of all her earthly labor.
precious mother, truest friend,
I know God will, reward thee,
all the gifts, He's promised in
His blessed book, to you and me.
is my mother? She's in Heaven,
There sitting at God's right hand,
there to join the happy choir,
Who sing at his command.
here on earth she lived a life
Of purity and fame,
now she's gone, but still with us
Her name will long remain.
hard for me to think upon
My precious mother, dead and gone,
it won't be long, till we will meet
To part no more at Jesus' feet.
all our troubles will be o'er,
Then from all sin and cure set free,
will sit and sing for ever more
The endless song of Jubilee.
my mother, had I known
That your race was so near run.
precious mother God's will be done,
In our Father's house are mansions fair.
mansions, almost your dying words,
And we hope e'er long to meet you there.
endless strain dear mother mine,
My thoughts of thee could tell
deeds of kindness and of love
So precious mother, fare the well.
by request of her eldest son, J. F. Smelser
I., infant son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Smeltzer, aged 17 months, died on
Tuesday, Sept 29, 1874.
Mrs. Sarah Barry died
at 2 p. m., yesterday at teh home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs.
O. B. Wood, near Bluff Park. She
has been sick over a year and underwent a severe surgical operation five days
ago. She was the daughter of Wm.
and Mahala Smelser, was born in Boone Co., Indiana, Jan 1, 1833. Came with her parents to Linn Co., Iowa in 1852.
One or two years later they came to Black Hawk Co., about this time she
was married to Wm. Barry, who died in 1863.
Three children were born to them,
Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Fegles, of La Porte, and Mrs. Jas. Hatfield, of Neb.
The two former were present at her death and Mrs. Hatfield is expected at the
funeral, also her sister Mrs. Jos. Cowan and Mrs. D. L. Dunham, of Minn, are
expected. There are also numerous
About the time of their marriage she and her husband were converted and
united with the Baptist church here. She
has remained a faithful and exemplary Christian and member of the denomination
since. Some six or seven years
ago she removed to Eureka Springs, Ark., and finally returned to her daughters
Her's has been a patient waiting in the midst of great suffering, for
the final summons home. The
funeral will be conducted by Rev. R. A. Smith, of the Baptist church, to-morrow at 10
a.m., at Mr. Wood's residence.
E. Smelser (wife of George W. Smelser)
Sarah E. Tondro was born August 12, 1837; departed this life
January 27, 1918; age 80 years, 5 months and 13 days; converted and united
with the Baptist church at age of 12, and lived a consistent Christian life. She would make any sacrifice for the Lord's work.
She was married to G. W. Smelser August 14, 1862, who survives, having
walked together for more than 55 years.
To this union four children were born, two dying infancy. Those who survive are Mrs. Alta Wetmore and Mrs. Grace
Overstreet; also three step-children, Mrs. Etta Chenoweth, of Carthage, Mo.,
Mrs. F. J. Taylor, of Independence, Kas., and John Smelser, of Boonville, Mo..
She leaves three sisters and two brothers, all of California.
The funeral service was held at the Calvary Baptist church, where she was a member, conducted by the Rev.
W. W. Lewis.
Mrs. Smelser had lived in Eureka Springs 31 years.
We are pained to receive the news of the death on Jan. 25th of
Mrs. Sarah E. Smelser, wife of Mr. G. W. Smelser, of Eureka Springs, Ark. For years Mr. and Mrs. Smelser have been good friends of the
Christian Home and have aided in the work by their contributions and by their
Our sympathy goes out to the bereaved husband and children, and
is extended to her many old friends. The
following is taken from the daily Times-Echo of Eureka Springs:
Another one of Eureka Springs' old pioneers, who has lived in
the city more than thirty years, passed away this morning at 8 o'clock, in the
person of Mrs. Sarah E. Smelser, wife of Mr. G. W. Smelser, and mother of Mrs.
Frank Overstgreet, Mrs. Wetmore and John Smelser of this citry and Mrs.
Cheneworth of Carthage, Mo.
Smelser was stricken with paralysis about two weeks ago and owing to her
advanced age, eighty, was not able to valiantly fight the battle for live.
Mrs. Smelser, with her husband, had long been a resident of
Eureka Springs, and none were held in higher estimation than Mrs. Smelser,
"By their fruit ye shall know them."
This Bible quotation fully demonstrates Mrs. Smelser's Christian
character in those of her daughters, Mrs. Overstreet, Mrs. Cheneworth and Mrs.
Wetmore, who are loved by everyone in this, their home town.
Mrs. Cheneworth arrived several days ago to assist her father and
sisters in caring for her mother. Mr.
Frank Overstreet, a son-in-law, of deceased, arrived the first of the week.
was born 1809. He married MAHALA
OF WM. SMELCER.-- Wm. Smelcer died last Sunday after a brief illness. Funeral
services were conducted from the Baptist church yesterday.
He was born in Tennessee in 1809; came to this city in '54, and has
lived just west of this city till two years since he moved to this place. He
leaves three sons and six daughters. Was an honored and respected citizen
Chenoweth (husband of Mary Etta Smelser)
WAR VETERAN DIES
COMES TO MILTON CHENOWETH AT 85
Contractor Came to Carthage 41 years Ago--Funeral Will Be Monday
Milton Chenoweth, 85, resident of Carthage 41 years and a civil war
veteran, died at 12:40 o'clock this morning at the Chenoweth home, 1115 James
Mr. Chenoweth came to Carthage from Independence, Kans., and was
engaged as a carpenter and contractor here for many years.
He was born November 18, 1845, in Henry county, Indiana.
Mr. Chenoweth enlisted in
the Eleventh Missouri Cavalry during the civil war in which he served
22 months. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
He was married August 3, 1873, in Independence, Kans., to Miss Mary
Etta Smelser, who survives him. Other
surviving relatives are three sons, R. S. Chenoweth and Con C. Chenoweth of
Carthage and George Chenoweth of St. Louis; a daughter, Mrs. D. M. Cary of
Kansas City; two brothers, Eli and David Chenoweth of Fallon, Neb., and seven
Mr. Chenoweth had been ill
serveral weeks. His condition
became critical last Sunday and his son, George Chenoweth, of St. Louis, and
daughter, Mrs. Cary, of Kansas City, were called to his bedside.
They will remain until after the funeral.
The two brothers will be unable to attend the services.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the
Ulmer-Drake funeral home. The
Rev. H. A. Woolman, pastor of the Church of God of which Mr. Chenoweth was a
member, will be in charge. Burial
will be in the G. A. R. plot in Park cemetery.
and Mrs. Milton Chenoweth burried their infant child on the 29th of June.
would return our heart felt thanks to the many friends who were with us, in
our very great trouble, through the long, weary hours and days that our
darling, little Otto, lay on his death bed, and continued their helping hands
and sympathetic hearts until we laid him in his little grave.
Again we say: "Receive the gratitude of our bleeding and sorrow
and ETTA CHENOWETH.
of Grace Charlotte Smelser and Frank L. Overstreet)
Allen Dies Here Wednesday Night
Quite a number of friends of the late Mrs. Lois Overstreet Allen, wife
of K. I. Allen, of Amory, and mother of Leut. K. I. Allen Jr., assembled at
the Baptist Church Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock,, to pay the last
respects to the memory of this beloved and greatly admired woman, who fell
asleep in death at her home on Seventh Street, S., about 12:30 o'clock
The rites at the church were preceded by a brief funeral service in the
home, as due to the illness of the devoted husband, he could not go to the
church where he and Mrs. Allen had worshipped together for the past 22 years.
The parents of an only child, Mr. And Mrs. F. L. Overstreet, mourned
the loss of their daughter in their home in far away South Gate, Calif., since
they only left Amory after a two months visit to her in early Fall and could
The service at the church was conducted by the Rev. J. F. Measells.
With Mrs. Measells at the
piano, Mrs. N. L. Lawson, Mrs.
Earl Tubb, Mrs. L. W. Greene and Miss Mary Rowan sang two of the deceased's
favorite songs, "God Will Take Care of You," and "Abide With
Me." A special pew was
provided for members of the Timothy Sunday School Class, of which she was a
member. With the class was her
Sunday School teacher, W. R. Smith. Another
special pew was occupied by Frisco Railroad friends of Mr. Allen, members of
the Rotary Club and the American Legion who served as honorary pallbearers.
Burial was in the Masonic Cemetery.
Lois, as she was lovingly called by scores of friends, was a faithful
member of the Church, Missionary Society, Sunday School, and was active in all
departments of church work. She
was in her pew many times when she was not physically able to be there, but she insisted upon going even after she became confined to
her home. Lois' cheerful
disposition together with her spirit of humor made her friends always glad to
see her on any and all occasions. She
never complained of not feeling well, and although she knew she was fighting
against odds, she would not acknowledge it even to herself. Her cheerful attitude has helped many over the rough road of
sorrow, and they felt better after she met them with a smile.
The author of this article greatly admired Lois for her excellent
traits of character, and for her ability to smile through it all.
Lois Overstreet Allen reminded one of the quotation from Aldrich:
"I'll not confer with sorrow until tomorrow--- But joy shall have her way
this very day."