EDWIN WALLACE SMITH GRAVESTONE PHOTO
The Thayer News, Friday, April 14, 1905,
Vol. XIV, No. 25
Edwin Wallace Smith was born in
Anson, Maine, May 10, 1839 and died after a lingering illness of more than three
years at his home April 6, 1905, aged 65 years, 10 months, and 26 days.
He was married at Prairie Centre,
Illinois, Jan. 5, 1869 to Carrie C. Kellogg. To this union was born three
children, who with his faithful wife survive him. There are also two
sisters and on brother, Mrs. Sarah Bellknap of Prairie Centre, Ill., Mrs. Mary
Kellogg of Alma, Neb., and L. D. Smith of South Dakota left to mourn his loss.
When Lincolnís call came for
volunteers he responded and enlisted in the 64th Ill. Regiment becoming a member
of Co. G receiving an honorable discharge at the close of the war.
He came with his family from
Illinois to Kansas in 1882 locating in Thayer at their present home.
On Dec. 13, 1902, having expressed
a wish to accept Christ as his savior, he was baptised and united with the
Methodist church and has ever since showed every evidence of trusting faith in
the promise of Christ. Thus he is gone to that Beautiful Isle.
Somewhere the sun is shining,
the song birds dwell,
Hush then thy sad repinting,
God lives and
all is well.