Linn County, Oregon Newspaper
Posted By: Linn
Date: Wednesday, 26 January 2000, at 1:27 p.m.
6 1945 issue of Scio Tribune Jake Smelser Dies; Funeral Saturday Jake
Smelser, 63, bachelor living alone on his farm on Rodgers Mountain was found
lying on the floor in his home last Saturday morning in a very weakened
condition apparently having layed there for three or four days following a
stroke. His neighbor, Geo. Rodgers became uneasy when Smelser had not come of
his mail, which Rodgers always brought from the mailbox on the lower road.
Mrs. Rodgers then came and prepared food for him and he was much improved,
and later in the day was brought to town for medical care. Dean Morris, Guy
Funk and Raymond McDonald came and arranged for his moving and McDonald and
Oliver Beard brought him to Dr. Prill's office in the afternoon. After his
removal to Albany General Hospital, he was taken late Tuesday, after the
arrival of his sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Piatt of Aberdeen,
Wash., to a Salem hospital. He was much improved that night and Wednesday
morning, but a cerebral hemmorrhage Wednesday forenoon caused his death.
Funeral has been arranged for Saturday afternoon this week, Sept 8 at two
o'clock at the Scio Church of Christ with V.L. Loucks, pastor of local
Baptist Church conducting the service. Burial will be in Bilyeu Den cemetery
beside the graves of his father and mother. Jake Smelser was born Sept 17
1881 near Scio, Oregon and grew to manhood here. He was the son of Younger
and Sarah Margaret Smelser, who preceeded him in death. Tho' of a large
family of children, only two, both sisters, survive him, viz: Mrs. Maude
Piatt of Aberdeen, Wash. and Mrs. Abbie Kiphart whose present address is
unknown. Outside of several years in Washington state, he had lived his
entire life here near Scio, on the old home place. A brother, John passed
away here a few years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Piatt had visited her brother, Jake
here only a couple of weeks before his stroke of last week and he was in
usual health during the week of their stay.