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Death of Dr. J. H. Smith

Dr. James Herman Smith died at the home of his mother-in-law, Mrs. E. V. Rhea, in this city, last Sunday morning at half past seven o’clock, aged thirty-nine years, five months and thirteen days. The funeral, conducted by Rev. T. W. Rainey, occurred from the residence on the corner of Topeka avenue and Seventh street, Monday morning, and the remains were interred in the Larned cemetery, and a large number of relatives and friends followed the body to the grave.

Dr. Smith had been afflicted with kidney trouble in the nature of Bright’s disease for several years, but had been able to practice his profession up to within about three weeks of his death. He had been a resident of this city about three years, coming here from St. Louis in the hope that a change of climate would benefit his heath, and for the purpose of establishing himself in the practice of his chosen profession.. During this time he built up a good practice, and was becoming very popular, both as a quiet, genial citizen and a successful physician.

About six months ago he married Miss Mable, eldest daughter of the Late Dr. W. M. and E. V. Rhea, and the saddest feature of his decease is the fact he leaves a young wife, scarcely out of her teens, to mourn with other relative his untimely death. A comparatively young
man, a resident of Larned less than three short years, it is to his credit that it can be said his death is sadly regretted by a large circle of friends who have known him as a genial follow citizen and trusted him as their medical advisor.

Transcribed and Contributed by Richard Schwartzkopf

Last Updated:  Friday, November 25, 2005 17:51:49

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