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Death Of Dr. Smith

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Parent Issue
Day
17
Month
March
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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The death of Dr. Willard B. Smith, Friday a few minutes before 6 o'clock, was a great shock to the community. He had been suffering fi-om as severe attack of pneumonía, and his phyKicians gave ais friends little hope. Dnring the previous nighthe had been a little more comfortable so that more hope was again feit for his recovery. Dr. Sinith was born March 7. 1838, in Orleaus county,New York. He was the oldesfc sou of Dr. Ransom S. and Ernily B. (Burroughs) Smith. His father was born ín Connecticut. The deceased with his parents removed to Ann Arbor in 1858. He lost his mother when two years of age. He prepared for the university in the Ann Arbor high school and graduated from the medical department of the University of Michigan in the class of 1861. He settled down to practice in the city of Ann Arbor where he resided untii his death. He was intensely patriotic and in 1862 he was commissioned assistant surgeon for the lst regiment, Michigan engineers and mechanics and until he was taken ill did raluable service in the army of the Cumberland. Upon recoveriug his health he was again at the front, and was stationed in front of Petersburg and Fortress Monroe, retnaining with the army tintil he received his honorable discharge. Nov. 14, 1863, he married Sarah F. , daughter of Linas North. They had one daughter. Ernily JL., who survives her parents. Mrs. Smith died May 28, 1897. Oct. 5, 1898, he was again raarried, his bride being Miss Jennie, daughter of Hou. Marcus H. Phillips Hulberton, Orleans, cotinty New York, who also survives him. Dr. Smith was au active member of both the medical societies of Washtenaw county and state of Michigan. He was most active in the movenient to orgauize the system of boards of pension exajiiners maKing two visits to Washington at his own expense. Upon the organization of the board in this countv he was made a member with the position of president until he was relieved during the actoinistration of President Cleveland. Dr. Smith was a very active republican and did his party great service. He was three tirnes elected to the office of mayor. He took great interest in the Ann Arbor schools and for inany years was a member of the school board. He also filled many other public offices such as chief of the fire department and at the time of his death he was president of the board of public works. He was connected with many business enterprises. After his father's death he ;ook his place as director of the Ann Arbor Saviogs Bank. He was a promnent Masón being a member of Fraternity Lodge, No. 262, F. & A. M. , Washtenaw Chapter, No. 6, R. A. M. and No. 13 K. T. and Welch Commandery, G. A. R. He took an active part in all business affairs of the city. He was also largely interested in the buiding up of Ottumwa, Iowa. The deceased was one of the men that believed in not letting his left haud know what his right hand was doing. Tbere are many families in this city w ho have bad their necessities relieved by beiug the recipients of his bcnnly. While his uarae never appeared on a subscription paper, he was known in more tfjan one instauce to astooish the solicitors, by putting his hand into his pocket and giving a much larger amount in cash thau was expected, but always with the injunetion, "I do not wish my name to appear, and I do not wish you to mention the matter to anyone. " He was really of a very kind nature, although ofter appearing as ratber brusque. Many poor people in this city willmiss the quiet help receive in their time of trouble. His death will be keenlyj feit by a large circle of friends and business aw?ociates.