SMITH - At his home in Lamoni, Iowa, May 7, at eight a.m., John Madison SMITH. He had been in failing health for nearly a year, but was only confined to the house two weeks. Deceased was born in Reelsville, Putnam county, Ind., November 15, 1861, being at the time of death 43 years, 6 months and 23 days old. His early life was spent at place of birth, where he was early deprived of that best of earthly friends - his mother. After Graduating from Reelsville High School he tried clerking for a year, after which he studied medicine for a short time; and then he, like many boys that are robbed of a mother's influence, became restless and anxious to see more of the world. He left his home and located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he engaged in various occupations.
On May 31, 1890, he was united in marriage to Miss Mamy C. MERRIL of Council Bluffs, who, with three children, Mary Louise, aged fourteen, Lyman Merril 12, and Nellie Gladus aged 10, survive him. He also leaves four sisters and one brother to mourn. On account of the brother recently losing both of his feet in a railroad accident none of them were in attendance at the funeral.
Mad, as deceased was familiarly called, moved to Decatur county in 1895, and has lived in vicinity of Lamoni until time of death. In 1897 he was converted and united with the Baptist Church, remaining a true and earnest worker until death. He was always cheerful and ready to look on the bright side of life, ever ready to lend a helping hand to any one in deed, even to giving his last dollar, which the writer has known him to do.
Funeral services were held at the home Monday at two p.m., in charge of Frank SPURRIER, singing by schoolmates and teacher of oldest daughter, prayer by Rev. HARVEY, sermon by Rev. G. W. SMITH, text last clause of Job 14:10, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Creveling cemetery, there to await that great day.