SMITH, OTIS GRANT - Dawes County, Nebraska | OTIS GRANT SMITH - Nebraska Gravestone Photos

Otis Grant SMITH

Greenwood Cemetery
Dawes County,

Otis Grant Smith was buried in Block 11, Lot 39, Space 10 on October 4, 1924. This is a photo of that location. There is no gravestone. Space 10 is on the right in the foreground.

The information below has been supplied by a family researcher. Thank you!

"Descendants of Otis Grant Smith
1 Otis Grant Smith b: October 28, 1860 in Boscobel, Wisconsin d: October 02, 1924 in Chadron, Nebraska
. +Ada E. Foster
*2nd Wife of Otis Grant Smith:
. +Jennie Newton
............ 2 Francis Smith b: in Kearney, Nebraska
............ 2 May Bell Smith b: in Kearney, Nebraska
............ 2 Lucy Elizabeth Smith b: May 02, 1882 in Kearney, Nebraska d: December 18, 1934 in Seattle, Washington
............ 2 Ote Ernest Smith b: February 17, 1888 in Kearney, Nebraska
................ +Ester
............ 2 Vern Smith b: Abt. 1889 in Kearney, Nebraska d: December 09, 1903 in Kearney, Nebraska

Kearney Paper October 3, 1924
O.G. Smith dies at Chadron
Former Kearney Resident has a Stroke of Paralysis

O.G. Smith, formerly of Kearney, died at Chadron on Thursday afternoon following a stroke of paralysis which he suffered a few weeks ago. The funeral is to be held in Chadron, on Saturday. Mr. Smith left Kearney about four years ago, to enter the ranching fields near Chadron. Previous to taking up his residence in Kearney he owned and lived on a well improved acreage about three miles east of Kearney, south of the Union Pacific tracks. Active in political and civic life, Mr. Smith became widely known. He acted as president of the National Farm Congress for one term and was a member of the state board of agriculture. He also served on term as president for the Nebraska Good Roads association and at the time of his death he was president of the Farmer's Elevator association. Since locating in Chadron, Mr. Smith was chosen county assessor, secretary of the Chadron Chamber of Commerce and he was a member of the county fair association board of directors.

O.G. Smith, Prominent Citizen, Died This A.M.

O. G. Smith, passed away at his home at 4:45 o'clock this morning as the result of an illness of several months, which recently terminated in a partial stroke of paralysis. Following this, Mr. Smith seemingly improved until last Thursday when everything turned for the worse. Mr. Smith came to Chadron five years ago from Kearney, purchasing the Chaulk-Birdsall ranch five miles northwest of Chadron. Two years ago following that, his wife and two daughters moved to Chadron. Mr. Smith is well known at Kearney, having lived in that vicinity for nearly thirty years. Since moving here, Mr. Smith has been made secretary of the Chadron Chamber of Commerce, secretary of the Fair association, and Dawes County assessor. He was at one time president of the National Farm Congress, president of the Good Roads association, member of the State Board of Agriculture, and first president of the Farmers Elevator company in Nebraska following its organization. Mr. Smith has been prominent in politics and one of the progressive farmers of this locality. An obituary will be published next week. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at two o'clock from the Methodist church.


Came to Chadron Five Years Ago; Bought Ranch Northeast of City
In Poor Health For Several Months
Prominent in Public Affairs and Has Held Many Offices Of Great Importance
Thursday morning at four forty-five, our fellow townsman, O.G. Smith passed away at his home on Bordeaux street in this city. Mr. Smith has been in poor health for several months and a few weeks ago suffered a light stroke while at the ranch.
However, he recovered from that and was brought to his home in town where he seemed to be getting along quite well until last Thursday when he was taken worse again. He was very low all the week and slipped away early Thursday morning. Mr. Smith cam to Chadron five years ago and purchased the Birdsall-Chaulk ranch northwest of Chadron. Hi son Ernest and wife came at that time and have lived on the ranch since. Three years ago Mr. Smith brought his wife and two daughters, Maybelle and Frances, from Kearney to Chadron. During the time Mr. Smith lived in Chadron, he was active in public affairs. He was County Assessor, secretary of the Chamber of Commerce and also of the Fair Association. For some thirty years, Mr. Smith lived at Kearney where he was also active in public matters. At one time he was president of the State Good Roads Association and the Farmers Elevator Association. For some ten years he was a member of the State Board of Agriculture. In the passing of Mr. Smith, Chadron loses a good citizen, and one who always boosted for Chadron. We who knew him well feel deeply, the loss of a very sincere friend. The plans now are that funeral services will be held Saturday at two o'clock from the Methodist church.

O.G. SMITH-O. G. Smith was, born in Fennimore, Wisconsin, October 28, 1860, and departed this life October 2, 1924, at his home in Chadron, Nebraska.
On July 22, 1885, he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Newton in Lincoln, Nebraska. The same day they moved to Kearney, Nebraska where they resided until they made their home in Chadron. Some five years ago, Mr. Smith visited Chadron and purchased property at Dakota Junction, five miles west of town. Two and a half years later, in the month of June, he moved his family to our city.

Mr. Smith was characterized as an aggressive tireless worker, an upright and honorable citizen, taking an active interest in the welfare of his town, community and country. Before coming here he held many prominent positions of trust and responsibility in the state and city where he lived. All of which were in addition to his life's work of agriculture. His business ability and sterling character were soon recognized as a valuable asset to our city. At the time of his death he was secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, Fair Association, and county assessor.

His interest in material things did not lesson his interest in things spiritual. With his wife and children, he at once transferred their church membership from the old home church to the Methodist church in Chadron, that be might better promote the interests of his Master's kingdom.

Mr. Smith has been very active in political affairs in the state for many years, gaining much prominence over the state through his work as president of the National Farm Congress; president of the Good Roads association; member of the State Board of Agriculture; and the first president of the Farmers Elevator Company of Nebraska. The following clipping from the editorial columns of the State Journal reveals his standing in state affairs:

"The death at Chadron of O. G. Smith, of Kearney, takes from the state a man who has given much time to public work. He was first known to Kearney people as the state industrial school farmer. After that he was interested in pure bred hogs. From the farm it was natural that his attention should be called to marketing. He was one of the early members and potential forms in the Nebraska livestock and elevator association, an organ which fared many concessions from railroads for cooperative concerns. He was practical in viewing problems that arose, and his ability and counsel were assets in the days when the fight against the grain buying combinations were being made. Mr. Smith was a frequent visitor to Lincoln and was as well known here as many of the other public men of the day."

Besides his many friends throughout the state, and countless numbers of business associates and the friends at Chadron, Mr. Smith leaves his wife and four children to mourn his departure from this life. His wife, Mrs. Jennie Smith, and two youngest daughters, Misses May and Frances, are at the present making their home in Chadron. Another daughter, Miss Lucy Smith, of Tacoma, Washington, and his son, Ernest Smith of Dakota Junction, are the other children. He has one brother, living at Los Angeles, California.

Following the funeral services in the Methodist church Saturday afternoon by Rev. O. S. Baker, the deceased was laid to rest in the Greenwood cemetery, near Chadron.

Contributed on 4/21/08 by JimNebraska99
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Record #: 52715

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