Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - William E Smith

This marker is for my paternal grandfather, for whom I was named, William Emanuel Smith (1869-1939). He died four months after I was born, and he was the age I am right now, four months ago. This is at the Coon Rapids Cemetery, Coon Rapids, Iowa.

William was the first son of Michael SMITH (1829-1902) with his second wife, Margaret Nellie (Maggie) SODERSTROM (1846-1901).

Families are Forever!  ;-)


  1. I remember my mother (Ellen Bethene Smith Pierce) talking about when he died. She was living at home helping to care for him at the time. From what I remember (wish I had paid better attention), he basically went in his bedroom, sat on the bed and died. I presume he had a heart attack, but I don't know that for sure.


  2. Interesting. I don't really remember my folks being specific. They were busy at their own farm, of course, a few miles away. Thanks for the memory!! ;-)

  3. Bill, you are going to live a very long and healthy life, but still both my husband and I always think about loved ones who died the age we are now. Hate that feeling.

  4. Barbara,
    Last summer, I made a list of all the ages of many grandparents, 4 generations, as I recall, at death... just for curiosity. Of course, they are all over the place - 53-96 or so... no patterns. Some interesting individuals, but... anyway, I agree. One cannot help but think about it, a bit, as much as we do look at the stats! ;-)