Thomas W. Smith
1864 Death of Thomas W. Smith
01 21 Last Friday afternoon, the 15th, Mr. Van Alstine received a telegraphic dispatch informing him that his nephew, Thomas W. Smith, had just expired in Nebraska City from the effects of frost, falling victim during a terrible snow storm. Mr. Smith was about 32 years of age – in the prime of early manhood. Orphaned in infancy by the death of his parents, he was adopted by Mr. J. B. Van Alstine of this city and by him brought up. He was always regarded by Mr. Van Alstine as a son, and so intimate and tender were the relations which long intercourse and association had created, that this sudden bereavement, occurring as it has, in the midst of lively expectations of soon giving him a cordial and hearty welcome to the familiar home circle, has come with all the sorrow and desolation which could be felt for the loss of an only child . . . WD
01 28 Masonic Funeral
The remains of the late Thomas W. Smith are expected to reach this city on Thursday, the 28th. On their arrival they will be placed in the Lodge Room of Watertown Lodge No. 49, of which the deceased was a member, there to remain until Saturday, when the funeral will take place, under the direction of the Lodge, in the following order:
The brethren of the Lodge and all other Master Masons in good standing will meet at the Lodge Room at 10 o’clock, precisely, when the usual ceremonies of the order will be observed. At 1 o’clock the procession will be formed in Masonic order, under the direction of Bro. Jacob J. Enos as Marshal and will proceed to the Congregational Church, where appropriate religious services will be held by the Rev. C. Boynton, after which the body will be interred with Masonic honors in the Old Cemetery.
Brothers W. P. Brown, W. S. Greene, J. Kilmer, J. H. Sleeper, A. Stein, J. G. Pease, H. A. Ranaus, and H. S. Howell will act as pall bearers.
The Masonic Hall will be open on Friday afternoon from 2 until 4 o’clock, when the friends of our deceased brother are invited to view his remains.
By order, Harlow Pease, W. M. WD
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