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THE TILLER AND TOILER, 10 January 1929
Obituary of CHARLES H. SMITH
Death of Charles H. Smith
Former Pawnee County Farmer,
Although Well To Do, Died at
County Farm in California

Long Beach, Calif. Jan. 1, 1929 – To the Tiller and Toiler:

I am writing you today and with your permission will ask you to publish this letter to let the Pawnee county friends of Chas. H. Smith, one of the pioneers of Kansas, know that he died at the Los Angeles Co. farm December 8, 1929. I called today to see him as I have numerous times before, and was surprised to hear that he had passed away. To me his death is especially sad as he was well to do financially as most of his old Pawnee county friends know, and after transferring his property to others he was placed in the county farm, where he remained till his death. In my last talk with him as I recall, about the first of December, he told Mrs. Davidson and myself that if he was able to walk he would be on the road to Kansas in fifteen minutes. Pervious to that he seemed to be satisfied with his lot. I am writing this believing Mr. Smith’s many friends in Pawnee county will wish to be notified of his death.
Very respectfully,
J. E. Davidson,
2015 Linden Ave.
Long Beach, Calif

Charles H. Smith formerly was a Pawnee county farmer, and lived five miles northeast of Larned. He left here about four years ago. He came to Pawnee county in the late seventies his father having homesteaded the farm on which he lived at the time he left Pawnee county. Mr. Smith was a bachelor most of his life, but married at the age of 60 before leaving this county. His wife subsequently died in California. There were no immediate relatives, except a half brother whose whereabouts are unknown.
The Tiller and Toiler
Thursday, January 17, 1929

Remains of Chas. H. Smith May Be
Interred Here

“An effort may be made by the Pawnee county friends of the late Charles H. Smith to have the body disinterred in California, and brought to Larned and buried in the Larned cemetery,” said Ernest Gore this week.
Mr. Smith died at the Los Angeles county, Calif., county farm in December, and presumably was buried in the potter’s field. His friends here feel that his remains should not be allowed to rest there, and may raise a fund to bring them to Larned. Mr. Smith, a well-to-do Pawnee county farmer until four years ago, moved to California. He deeded all of his property to others, and died at the county farm.
Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

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