RALPH EDISON SMITH - He was born at Belvidere, Boone County, April 21, 1868 and departed this life May 15, 1928 at the age of 60 years and 26 days. He was the son of Randall and Mary Westmore Smith. At the age of two years he moved with his parents to Princeton, where he resided until 1922 when he with his family, moved to Rock Falls, making his home there until his death.

He was united in marriage to Anna Swanlund, March 20, 1906, at Princeton. Mr. Smith was a member of the Princeton Christian church for several years. He was a patient sufferer during his long illness. He is survived by his beloved wife and companion, one son, Ralph L. Smith of Rock Falls, and one daughter Mrs. Mary Lucretia Hayden of Clear Lake, Iowa; one brother Randle T. Smith of Detroit, Mich., and one sister Della Swan of Batavia, and other relatives and many friends who mourn his passing. The sympathy of loved ones and friends is attended to the family in their sorrow.

(The Daily Gazette, Sterling-Rock Falls, Illinois, May 22, 1928 - Tuesday, p 8, submitted by Melva L. Taylor)




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