Date of Death: 1 Apr 1906
Subject: Henry Smith
Source: Rochester [IN] Evening Sentinel, 2 Apr 1906
The community was greatly shocked yesterday evening when Henry Smith fell on the street from apoplexy and died soon after being carried into Richter's drug store.
Mr. Smith had been busy about his home during the day, but had not been feeling well for some days and told his wife he would go down town and get some groceries and maybe see a doctor and inquire if he needed some medicine. He walked down with Hugh Barnhart and chatted and laughed in his usual merry manner and stepped into a grocery and made some purchases. The next any one noticed him he fell to the pavement near the Bank of Indiana corner, and was carried into Richter's drug store where Dr. Chas. Gould hurried to him but death was already present.
Henry D. [sic] Smith was born at Loral, Pennsylvania, November 6, 1835. There in 1858 he was united in marriage with Katherine Laney, and a few years later they moved to Savannah, Missouri, where they resided until her death in 1896. In 1898 he came to Rochester and on December 23, 1899, was married to Mrs. Perscilla A. Carter, and they have since lived in Rochester. Mr. Smith leaves one daughter, Mrs. Fred Hartley, of Savannah, Missouri, two sisters, Mrs. Albert Highway, of near Athens, and Mrs. Ellen Wiltshire, of near Macy, and one brother, Jerry D. Smith, of this place.
Henry Smith was an ideal old gentleman. As a neighbor and husband he was always a cheerful and jovial companion, and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was an active member of the Methodist church, a strong advocate of temperance, honesty, and all of the higher qualities of citizenship, and the community has lost a man whose daily life was an honor to him and a blessing to all of his associates.
The funeral will be held at the residence, Wednesday morning, at 11 o'clock, the Rev. W. F. Switzer, of the Methodist church, officiating. The body will be taken to Mr. Smith's old home, Savannah, Missouri, for burial, leaving here on the Erie 12:50 train Wednesday. Mrs. Smith is unable to attend the funeral.