The Helena Independent - Wednesday, December 13, 1933
FRANK E. SMELSER STRICKEN BY DEATH
Frank E. Smelser, 62 of Deer Lodge died yesterday at St. James hospital in
Butte, according to word received here by his brothers, W. W. Smelser, 1511
Lyndale avenue, and Arthur, a rancher on Clark's creek near Helena.
The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at Deer Lodge.
Mr. Smelser was born in Nebraska. He came to Montana when 15 years of
age. At one time he worked at the concentrator in Corbin. Later he
ranched at Avon. Prior to establishing a hotel at Avon, which he
operated for a number of years, he was engaged in contracting ties for the
railroad. He had resided in Deer Lodge for the past 20 years.
Besides his brothers he is survived by his widow, Callie Smelser of Deer
Lodge; two daughters, Mrs. Genevieve O'Connell and Alta Smelser, both
residents of Deer Lodge, and a sister, Mrs. Addie Hanford of Los Angeles,
The Billings Gazette - Monday, October 9, 2000
GLASGOW – Leland Smelser, 69 of Glasgow, passed
away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital in Glasgow,
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 11, at Faith Lutheran Church in Glasgow, with Rev. George Draper
officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Glasgow. Bell Mortuary is
in charge of arrangements.
Leland was born Nov. 7, 1930 in Sioux City, Iowa to
parents Rex Leland Smelser and Apolonia Seefeldt Smelser.
Leland was raised and lived in Sioux City and later
Bremerton, Wash. before moving to Miles City where he graduated from High
School. He went to work with his dad, at the Pacific Hide and Fur Company in
Sidney. Leland married Lucile Entzel on Aug. 3, 1952 in Sidney. They moved to
Great Falls where he worked for Pacific Hide and Fur in Great Falls from 1954
to 1959. In 1959, they moved to Glasgow where Leland managed the Pacific Hide
and Fur Company until he retired in 1986. He was a member and Past President
of the Faith Lutheran Church and Board of Elders, served as Chairman of the
Republican Central Committee, on the Valley View Nursing Home Board of
Directors for nine years, six years as Chairman, and on the Pacific Hide and
Fur Board of Directors for 18 years. He was also a charter member and past
president of the Glasgow Wranglers Kiwanis Club and received Boss of the Year
from the Glasgow Chamber 1978. Leland was very proud to be a Recovered
Alcoholic for over 40 years.
Survivors include, his wife, Lucile Smelser of
Glasgow; son, Paul Smelser and wife Joann of Glendive; daughters, Tamara
Larson and husband Michael and Theresa Smelser McDaid all of Billings; six
grandchildren, Megan Smelser, Nathan Smelser, Vanessa Larson, Christopher
Larson, Brittany Larson, Morgan McDaid. Sisters, Beverly Becker of Polson,
Frankie Morrison of Laurel and Anna Mindt and husband Delton of Polson;
brothers, Jim Smelser and wife Shirley of Polson, William Smelser and wife
Sharon of Sidney.