I am not related to the Smothers, but in researching the history of yellow fever epidemics in the town of Bryan, Brazos County, Texas, I ran across a Miss Minnie Smothers whom I cannot identify.
Can anyone provide more information on the woman mentioned in the following newspaper articles?
Bryan, Oct. 23, 1873.The fever dealt gently with us last night, notwithstanding the unfavorable weather.No new names have been added to the sick list, and those already down, with an exceptional case or two, are doing as well, bad weather considered, as could be expected.Business is not entirely suspended, as some few of the stores remain open, driving their local trade.The sun is shining warm, but the weather is cool and blustering.Second Dispatch – Bryan, October 23.Three of the afflicted, Mrs. Hall, Lem Hall and Miss Minnie Smothers, are very sick, and I fear the destroyer will not be as merciful as last night.All the others are doing well.The plague has assumed no appearance of epidemic.No never fevers within the past twenty-four hours, and the white faces I remarked yesterday are beginning to wear their habitual red.Galveston Daily News, 24 October 1873, page 2
Bryan, Oct. 24.Miss Minnie Smothers died last night.Mrs. Hall and three others are not expected to live till night.There are three new cases, making nine in all.The weather prognosticators talk of all manner of inclemencies, some even hinting of sleet or snow.A fire is comfortable and necessary.Second Dispatch – Bryan, October 24.I can only inform you that there are two persons who will probably die to-night.No change or death since my noon report.Galveston Daily News, 25 October 1873, page 2
I don't know where Minnie Smothers was buried - the 1986 Brazos County cemetery book did not find a tombstone for her in Brazos County.Nor is she listed in the Bryan city cemetery sexton's records of who is buried in the Bryan city cemetery.