SMABY, Anne Shirley (nee Harris) Tasker

Anne Shirley Tasker Smaby, 71, Camarillo, Calif., formerly of Loch Lynn, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at her home surrounded by family and friends following a short bout with cancer. Born March 6, 1936, in East Rainelle, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Harrison Harris and Reda Florence Long. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, James "Moose" Carlton Tasker; and one sister, Maxine Reddy. She grew up in Oakland, in a large family of eight brothers and sisters.  She was a 1954 graduate of Oakland High School. She was twice married. She met and married her first husband, Carlton, in Oakland. They resided in Oakland and Loch Lynn for almost 30 years, rearing their four children there. They were also members of the Deep Creek Baptist Church while in the area. They then relocated to Southern California in 1983, where they made their home in Camarillo. After Carlton's sudden death in 1995, Shirley met her second husband, Richard Earl Smaby, Camarillo, while attending a Christian bereavement group. They were married July 1997. Shirley was best known for her time spent in many charitable activities, including volunteering at the Channel Islands Park Service Christians Acting Together (CATs), participating in the sewing/quilting group from Camarillo Christian Church "Stitches of Love," as well as being an active member of the Red Hat Society. She had an artistic flair, enjoying many arts and crafts, such as crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Her church group donates baby hats and blankets to the St. John's Regional Medical Center's labor and delivery unit. She is survived by her loving husband, Richard Smaby; one son, Michael Tasker, Camarillo; three daughters, Susan Boudouris, Va., Jan Milanak, N.C., and Barbara Holler, Md.; 17 grandchildren; four brothers, George Perrine, Swanton, Edwin Perrine and Larry Harris, both of Calif., and Ben Harris, Md.; two sisters, Ellen Gay Ward, W.Va., and Rosalie Smith, Va.; three stepchildren; and numerous long-time friends and extended family members. Her body was cremated by the Neptune Society of Santa Barbara, Calif., and a memorial service was held at Camarillo Christian Church, Camarillo. A memorial service will be held locally at Faith Evangelical Free Church, Mtn. Lake Park, on Saturday, Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Livingston Memorial Hospice, 1996 Eastman Ave., Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003; or to the Parkinson's Foundation.
(Courtesy of Charles Harvey)
Posted July 10, 2009

SMALL, Fred T.

Fred T. Small, 83, who served as manager of the Amcelle plant of the Celanese Corporation from 1940-49, died suddenly yesterday at his home, 128 Fiesta Way, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Mr. Small first came to Cumberland in 1924 as assistant plant engineer and in 1926 was named plant engineer, he was named plant manager in 1940 and in 1945 was elected a company vice president. In 1949 he was transferred to the company's New York office, where he was responsible for the company's 12 operating plants in the United States, three in Mexico and one in British Columbia. He retired in 1955 and had been living in Florida since that time. A native of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, Mr. Small was an engineer by profession. He attended the University of Queensland and after serving his apprenticeship in engineering he enlisted in the Royal Australian Army in 1914. Following service in World War I in England and Europe, Mr. Small returned to Australia from 1918 until 1920 when he returned to England to become associated with British Celanese. An avid stamp collector, Mr. Small was in the news in March 1970 when he sold the world's most valuable stamp. Mr. Small sold a one-cent British Guiana magenta stamp for $259,000 to Irving Weinherg. It was reported at that time that Mr. Small had purchased the stamp in the 1910s for $42,000. While in Cumberland, Mr. Small and his family resided at 23 Washington Street. He is survived by his widow, Mary (Devereux) Small; daughter, Miss Joy Small, New York City, and a son, Fred Small, Annandale, Va. Several other relatives in Australia also survive.
Cumberland News, Saturday, August 7, 1971
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted July 24, 2021


Name: Luke Tobias Smalley, 2, of Jennerstown
Parents: Brad Lee and Tina Marie (Mock) Smalley
DOB: December 16, 2008 in Windber
DOD:  December 22, 2010 at Cleveland Clinic
Spouse: none
Predeceased by: not noted
Survived by:  parents; sister, Shawnee;  “Nanna” Moskey of Jennerstown; paternal grandparents, Cherie L. and Tom B. Smalley of Boswell; great grandmother Frances Pugh of Boswell; aunt, Wendy “Nae” Walker of Delaware; uncle Larry Mock and wife “Nina” of West Virginia; uncle J.J. Walker of Windber; and several other aunts, uncles, and cousins
Burial:not noted
Source: Robert H. Halverson Funeral Home, Somerset, PA
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted March 1, 2014


SMALLWOOD, John William

WESTERNPORT — John William “Bill” Smallwood, 61, of 22512 Nells Lane SW, Westernport, passed away Monday Dec. 14, 2009, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center. Born Sept. 15, 1948, he was the son of the late John Smallwood and Leona (Linkswiler) Smallwood. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn (Rhodes) Smallwood; two daughters, Amanda Shoemaker and husband Joseph, and Billie Shook and husband Rick “Dickie” Shook; and two dogs, Jax and Snuffy. Mr. Smallwood was a die hard Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, and Maryland Terps fan. Mr. Smallwood loved to build and fly model airplanes. He was an Army veteran and is a member of McCool VFW. He was a past member of the Church of the Brethren and was currently attending Westernport United Methodist Church. He was a set-up man for Automated Packaging in Keyser. A viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 17 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Boal Funeral Home, Westernport. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Dec. 18, 2009, at 11 a.m. in the Boal Funeral Chapel, Westernport, with the Rev. Sandy Cowan officiating. Burial will be in Philos Cemetery.
Cumberland Times-News, The (MD) - Tuesday, December 15, 2009
(Courtesy of Charles Riend)
Posted October 15, 2015

SMALLWOOD, John William

WESTERNPORT — Services for John William “Bill” Smallwood, 61, of Westernport, will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. in the Boal Funeral Chapel, Westernport, with the Rev. Sandy Cowan officiating. Interment will be in Philos Cemetery.
Cumberland Times-News, The (MD) - December 17, 2009
(Courtesy of Charles Riend)
Posted October 15, 2015


SMART, Mrs. Angela Getty

Mrs. Angela Smart, 53, widow of the late James K. Smart of Philadelphia, died at her home in Oakland, Md., Tuesday morning, March 29, after suffering a heart attack March 22. Born in Grantsville, July 31, 1895, she was a daughter of the late John O. and Anna (Dorsey) Getty. She attended the public schools of Grantsville and was graduated from Frostburg State Teachers College and the University of Maryland. She also attended the University of Pennsylvania. She taught school in Garrett County for ten years prior to her marriage. For the past ten years, she had been employed in the office of the Garrett County Welfare Board in Oakland. December 31, 1926, she married James K. Smart, who passed away August 2, 1937 in Philadelphia. Surviving are four children; James Getty Smart, student at St. Charles College, Baltimore; Miss Molly Smart at Towson State Teachers College; Sarah and Ann Smart at home. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. J. F. (Wilda) Fahey of Grantsville, and two brothers; William D. Getty of Grantsville and Frank J. Getty, high school principal at Hancock, Md. Mrs. Smart was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, a past president of the Blessed Mother Sodality of Oakland. A requiem High Mass was offered on Thursday morning at nine o'clock at St. Peter's Church, Oakland, by the pastor, the Rev. Fr. Michael Carney and the Rev. Fr. David Dressman of Grantsville St. Stephen's Church. Graveside services in Grantsville cemetery were in charge of the Rev. Fr. Dressman. Among those attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Getty, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Casper, Hancock, Md.; Mrs. E. H. Reppert, daughter Nancy, Flemmington, W.Va.; Mrs. E. E. Criswell, Clarksburg, W.Va.; Mrs. Harry Hostetler, Wheelwright, Ky.; Mrs. Eugene Hostetler and O. G. Getty, Meyersdale, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Getty, Rockwood; Mrs. Sara R. Getty, Somerset; Mrs. George Hughes, daughter Ann, Cumberland; Mrs. Maurice Brookhart and Mrs. Ernest Liller, Oakland; Mrs. Catharine Smart, Philadelphia.
Meyersdale Republican, April 7, 1949
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)




SMEAK, Henry Ellsworth

HYNDMAN, Pa. - Henry Ellsworth Smeak, 57, a B. and O. employe, died yesterday in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland. A lifelong resident of this community, Mr. Smeak was a son of the late Jacob and Martha (Logsdon) Smeak. His wife, the former Lilly Poorbaugh, preceded him in death. He was a member of the B. and O. Brotherhood. Surviving are three sons, Ralph, Reginald and Russell Smeak, all of Hyndman; three daughters, Mrs. Suzie Cook, Mrs. Myrtle Minnick, and Mrs. Helen Conners, also of Hyndman; and three sisters, Mrs. Annie Mason, Hyndman, and Mrs. Ruth Swearman and Mrs. Suzie Lindeman, Meyersdale. Services will be held Saturday at 2:30 p. m. in Ziegler's Funeral Home with Rev. John Bucker, pastor of Hyndman Reformed Church, officiating. Burial will be in Hyndman Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, August 5, 1948
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 18, 2010




SMEAK, Jacob

Jacob Smeak, one of this county's pioneer citizens, died at his home near Hyndman, last Thursday, from a complication of diseases, aged 59 years. He was highly respected in that community, and his kind and jolly disposition won for him a large circle of friends. He is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Annie Hosselrode of Cook's Mills, and William, Charles, Harry, Emma, Ruth and Susan, at home. The funeral services were held Saturday in the Reformed church, Rev. J. F. Kerlin, pastor, officiating. The interment was made in Hyndman cemetery. The deceased was a member of Lodge 483 K. of P. of Hyndman.
The Bedford Gazette, December 14, 1906
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 18, 2010


SMEAK, Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee Smeak, 57, of Hyndman, died early Sunday morning, June 15, 1975, in the Forbes Hospital System, Columbia Division Hospital in Wilkinsburg. He was born March 22, 1918, in Duquesne, Pa., a son of the late Harry Ellsworth Smeak and Lillie Ann Myrtrude (Purbaugh) Smeak. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Mae (Logsdon) Smeak; two sons, Roger Lee Smeak, of Glencoe, Pa.; and Ronald Leroy Smeak, of Myersdale; and two daughters, Mrs. Guy D. Shaffer, of Hyndman; and Mrs. Ralph T. Myers, of Fairhope, Pa. A brother, Russell Leroy Smeak, of Augusta, Georgia; and two sisters, Mrs. Raymond E. Minnick, of Hyndman; and Mrs. James Stanley, of Mt. Morris, Michigan, also survive, along with ten grandchildren. Mr. Smeak was a veteran of World War II, with the Air Force. He served aboard an aircraft armorer in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Also a member of the United Church of Christ. Funeral services: Wednesday, June 18, at 2 p.m. in the Zeigler Funeral Home, Hyndman, with Rev. Leroy Logsdon officiating. Burial in the Madley Cemetery. The Oscar Jordon Post VFW No. 7375 will accord military rites and act as pall bearers. Friends will be received in the funeral home today from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.
The Bedford Gazette, June 16, 1975
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 18, 2010




SMEAKS, Mrs. Martha Jane Logsdon

Funeral services for Mrs. Martha Jane Smeaks, 75 years old, who died Feb. 11, were held Saturday at her home about one mile south of Hyndman, Rev. M. V. Kelly, officiating. Interment was made in Hyndman cemetery. Mrs. Smeaks was the widow of Jacob Smeaks, deceased 26 years, and is survived by the following children: Mrs. Emma Wilhelm, of Buffalo Mills, Mrs. Ruth Swearman and Mrs. Susie Swearman and Mrs. Lyndman of Myersdale; Mrs. Annie Mason and Harry Smeaks of Hyndman, and William, at home; she also leaves three brothers: Benjamin, Wm. L., and Charles Logsdon, all of Hyndman.
The Bedford Gazette, February 19, 1932
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted June 30, 2009

SMEARMAN, Mrs. Ada Durst
GRANTSVILLE — Funeral services were held this afternoon in Negro Mountain Brethren Church for Mrs. Ada Smearman, 85, widow of John Smearman, who died Monday at the home of her son, Richard Durst, near here. Rev. William E. Carlson, of English Lutheran Church at Accident, officiated and burial was in Durst cemetery. Born October 6, 1863, in Garrett county, Mrs. Smearman was a daughter of the late William and Ellen (Mimmie) Durst. She belonged to Cove Lutheran Church. In addition to her son, she leaves a daughter(sic:sister), Mrs. Minnie Bittinger, Grantsville, and two brothers, Harvey and Patrick Durst, Jennings.
April 6, 1949; no publication noted
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted October 19, 2013



SMEARMAN, George Elmer

MOUNT SAVAGE - George Elmer "Junior" Smearman, 76, died on Monday, May 7, 2007, at his home. Born Dec. 1, 1930, in Addison, he was the son of the late George W. and Rosa (Jeffreys) Smearman. He was preceded in death by a sister, Edna May Lepley. Mr. Smearman was a former employee of Zimmerly Machine Shop and the Celanese Corp. He was in the Army in the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of the V.F.W. in Cumberland. Surviving are one brother, William Smearman and wife Agnes, Wellersburg; two sisters, Wilma Delbrook, Corriganville, Anna M. Koback, Bethesda; nieces and nephews, Edward Delbrook and wife Sherry, Florida, Janet Day and husband Steve, New York, David R. Delbrook, Vermont, Denis L. Delbrook, LaVale, Robert G. Lepley, Cumberland, Carol Brook and husband Blair, Keyser, Chris Lease and husband Frank, Wellersburg, Joseph W. Smearman and wife LaDonna, Mount Savage, Roger Smearman and wife Diane, Wellersburg, Jeffrey Smearman and wife Julie, Vale Summit, Deborah Olson and husband Mark, Middletown, Steven Koback and wife Karen, Highland; and 20 great-nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, P.A., 60 W. Main St., Frostburg, on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday, May 10, 2007, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Eric Ruble officiating. Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Smearman, Glen Beal, Don Blank, Joseph Smearman and Mark Smearman. Honorary pallbearer will be Roger Smearman. Interment will be in St. John's Lutheran Cemetery in Cove.
Cumberland Times obituary, about Monday, May 7, 2007
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 18, 2010



MEYERSDALE — John Smearman, 85, died Sunday in the Meyersdale Community Hospital. A native of Accident, Md., he was born June 1, 1871, a son of the late Josiah and Lucinda (Durst) Smearman. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Kathryn (Fike) Smearman; a son, Harry Smearman, Pittsburgh; two daughters, Mrs. Rollo Beal, of here, Mrs. Alvin Kretchman, Johnstown; a brother, Herman Smearman, of Alcester, S. D.; 24 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. The body is at the Price Funeral Home where a service will be conducted on Thursday at 2:30 p. m., with Rev. D. C. White, pastor of the Main Street Brethren Church, officiating. Interment will be in Union Cemetery.
The Cumberland Evening Times, February 26, 1957
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)
Posted September 18, 2010




SMEARMAN, Mrs. Rosa C. Jeffreys

MT. SAVAGE — Mrs. Rosa C. Smearman, 70, died Monday at Memorial Hospital, Cumberland. A native of Addison, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Matilda (Neil) Jeffreys. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Cumberland, the Fellowship Club of the church, and a former Sunday School teacher. Surviving are her husband, George W. Smearman; two sons, William J. Smearman, Hyndman, and George E. Smearman, at home; three daughters, Mrs. Wilma C. Delbrook, Mrs. Edna Lepley, here; Mrs. Anna Kabock, Bethesda; a brother, George Jefferys, Addison; a sister, Mrs. Martha Gue, Gibsonia, Pa., and 12 grandchildren. The body is at the Newman Funeral Home in Grantsville. A service will be conducted tomorrow at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, The Cove. Rev. Bruce Barth will officiate, and burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service.
The Cumberland Evening Times, September 10, 1969
(Courtesy of Sheryl Kelso)

SMEARMAN, Mrs. Scyntha Ann Frazee
Scyntha Ann (Frazee) Smearman, 91, Friendsville, died Friday, Feb 7, 1997, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Cumberland following a lingering illness.   Born June 22, 1905, in Blooming Rose, she was a daughter of the late Albert and Flaura (Hileman) Frazee. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry L. Smearman, on Aug. 26, 1981, and an infant son. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Addison, Pa., and was a homemaker.   Surviving are five sons, Floyd Smearman, Dover, Ohio, Troy Smearman, Friendsville, Albert Smearman, Friendsville, and Ralph Smearman and Reed Smearman, both of Eastlake, Ohio; one daughter, Helen Hoover, Cumberland; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Friends were received at the Newman Funeral Home, Friendsville, where a service was conducted Monday, Feb 10, with the Rev. William Triebe officiating. Interment followed in the Blooming Rose Cemetery.
about Friday, Feb 7, 1997; Unknown publication
(Courtesy of Mary Ann Frazee McCague)
Posted August 2, 2014



SMELSER, Mrs. Hannah Smith

Mrs. Hannah Smelser, an aged lady of Hopewell, died at her home at that place Monday.  Her funeral took place Wednesday morning at 10 at Hopewell.  Her maiden name was Smith and she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Daugherty of Henrietta.  A number of her relatives reside here and others at Henrietta.
Martinsburg Herald, (Blair Co., PA.) 21 July 1905 page 1
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)
Posted January 10, 2011




SMELSER, Joseph G.

"Joseph G. Smelser -- On June 7 Joseph G. Smelser died at his home near Hopewell, Bedford County, from dropsey after a lingering illness, aged 74 years 6 months 15 days. He was a native of Crawford County, and at one time he was a resident of North Woodbury Township and was well known in the district following the occupation of plasterer.  Thirty-five years ago he moved to Bedford County and began farming which occupation he followed until last fall, when he moved to Eichelberger Town near Hopewell, where he died.  Besides his wife he is survived by these children: John, William, Mrs. Maggie Bowers, and Mrs Ellen Bowers of Hopewell; Mrs. Belle Malone of Johnstone[sic]; these sisters and brothers also survive him: Mrs. Rachel Smith of Bagley, Iowa, Mrs. Elizabeth Reighard of Waterside, Mrs. J. B. Burket of near Henrietta, and Levi Smelser of Mobile Alabama.  D. S. Smelser of this place is his nephew.  He was a constant member of the M. E. Church of Eichelberger Town where a funeral service was held. Interrment was in Hopewell Cemetery."
Obituary, Morrison's Cove Herald, 20 June 1902 page 1
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)
Posted January 10, 2011




SMELTZ, Mrs. Anna Donahue

FROSTB-URG — Mrs. Anna (Donahue) Smeltz. 64, wife of Charles Smeltz, died this morning at her residence. 118 Bowery Street. She was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church. Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Catholic Women's Organization and Eagles Auxiliary. Besides her husband. Mrs. Smeltz is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Matthews. Cumberland, and Miss Ruth Smeltz, at home; two sons, Lawrence Smeltz, Baltimore, and Leroy Smeltz, at home, and three brothers. Hugh Donahue, Frostburg; Bernard and Joseph of Detroit. A requiem mass will be celebrated Saturday at 9:30 a. m. in St. Michael's Church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
Cumberland Evening Times; Cumberland, Allegany Co, Md - Thursday, May 10, 1951 - pg 20, col 6
(Courtesy of Pat Dailey)
Posted July 19, 2010




SMELTZER, Mrs. Agnes Himes

Mrs. Agnes Smeltzer of Riddlesburg died in Bedford on Monday, April 21, 1952, at 4 p.m., her death following a lengthy illness. She was born in Blair County, Feb. 3, 1868, a daughter of John and Susan Himes. She was united in marriage on June 10, 1886 to William Smeltzer. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan 20, 1920. Mrs. Smeltzer was a member of the Eichelbergertown Methodist Church. She is survived by the following children: Charles Smeltzer of York, Clinton Smeltzer of Milroy and Norman Smeltzer of Jamestown, Pa. Nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Eichelbergertown Methodist Church, Rev. Roy Kissiel officiating. Interment was in the Hopewell Cemetery.
Spielman Collection, Bedford Co, PA Volume S2 page 4023
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)



SMELTZER, Mrs. Elizabeth Long nee Morris

Mrs. Elizabeth (Long), wife of John Smeltzer, died June 21 at her home in Hopewell of a complication of diseases. She was born on Rt. 3, Everett, Sept. 11, 1861, a daughter of James and Mary Morris. She was first married to Mr. Long, who died some years ago and in Oct. 1932 to Mr. Smeltzer. He survives, together with the following children to the first marriage: Nora, wife of Calvin Grace of Bedford; James Long of Cypher; William Long and Mrs. William Waters of Columbus, O. Also, nine grandchildren and two brothers, William Smith of Everett and John Morris of Cumberland, who is critically ill at this time. She was a member of the Presbyteria(sic) Church. Funeral services were held at her home last Saturday, Rev. Sheets officiating. Interment in the Yellow Creek Cemetery by Mortician Maust.
[source unknown]
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)




SMELTZER, John A. Smeltzer

John Albert Smeltzer died at his home in Hopewell on Saturday, September 6, 1941. He was born in Bedford county, December 13, 1862, the son of Joseph and Hannah Smith Smeltzer. He was married twice, the first time to Alice Cartright and the second time to Mrs. Elizabeth Long, both deceased. He is survived by two step children, James H. Long and William H. Long, both of Cypher, and by two nieces and three nephews. He was a member of the Methodist church and Hopewell I.O.O.F. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, September 9 at 2 p,m. at the residence conducted by Rev. George B. Morgan, of Huntingdon and Rev. Lilly, of Hopewell. Interment in the Hopewell cemetery under the direction of Balentine's Funeral Service.
Obituary, Archie Claar Obituary Collection, Vol 24 page 113 (Blair Co Genealogical Society Library)
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)





Just before going to press we learned that Joseph Smeltzer of Baker's Summit suddenly dropped dead in the post office of that place on Wednesday. We did not learn full particulars before closing forms.
Morrisons Cove Herald, 27 March 1903, page 1
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)


We are sorry to report the sudden death of one of our aged and respected citizens, Mr. Joseph Smeltzer. He had been in failing health for several years, but was still able to do light work. On Tuesday, March 24, his daughter-in-law, Mrs. John Smelser, of McKeesport, Pa., who has been visiting friends in this vicinity, was invited to dine with Mr. Smeltzer's granddaughter, Mrs. C. W. Myers. Mr. Smeltzer was invited also. During the forenoon he appeared to be very much contented and in good spirits. After partaking a hearty dinner, he crossed the street to Mr. A. Z. Pote's store, where also is the post office. After inquiring for his mail he sat down on a bench and was conversing with some of his neighbors when he threw his head back and expired. Those present thought he had fainted and carried him out in the air, but his spirit had already taken its flight to meet Him who had given it. Mr. Smeltzer was born in Woodbury, now Bloomfield, township, Bedford county, April 21, 1822, where he resided all his life. He was always ready to do an errand or help a friend in need. He was respected by all and had no one to speak evil about him. In political affairs he was a democrat and, although the opposite party is strong in a majority, he held many times prominent township offices. He was married twice. The first time to Miss Susan Barley which union was blessed with five children: John, of McKeesport; Joseph of Michigan; Mrs. Sarah Stephens, of North Dakota; George, of Taylor township, and Mrs. J. Z. Pote, of this place. His second wife was Mrs. Mary Harker, the mother of Mrs. C. W. Zook and Mrs. G. E. Harker, of Roaring Spring, who bore him six children. Two died early in life and another, Mrs. John Teeter, died two years ago. The following survive: Michael, of St. Clairsville; Franklin, of Everett, Washington state, and Rudolph, of Bakers Summit, with whom Mr. Smeltzer resided since the death of his wife. Besides his children there are 46 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren living. We know that we shall miss Grandpa as we all called him, and hope our loss will be his gain in the celestial world where all is bliss and where care and trouble was never known. Funeral services were held in the Brethren church at Bakers Summit, conducted by Rev. John Holsinger assisted by Rev. Fred Dively. Interment in Holsinger cemetery. The deceased was aged 81 years, 11 months and 3 days.
Morrisons Cove Herald, 3 April 1903
(Courtesy of Ellen Copper)


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