Re: How did Louis and James Smith die?
I lasted from Jan 1917 till March. Louis's son, Kinyoun Smith, was living as a boarder in Delavan in 1920--all of 14 years old, so I assume he was at odds with his father's family. He runs away to California and isn't heard of again until my grandfather (who was the baby mentioned in the trial)is notified of his death as an indigent in 1979.
I believe you already sent me a couple of articles from the Janesville Gazette re the trial, back in August.
After the trial The Delavan Enterprise indicated Louis wasn't welcome in town. Despite the jury's aquittal, it was widely held, like OJ Simmpson, that he had killed his wife and gotten off due to mishandling of evidence.
It seems like the Gazette would have covered the death of Louis and James though because the Smith/Bowers family had lived in Rock county since the 1850's but perhaps they weren't very likeable.
The trial was the longest in Wisconsin history at that point, all the rage, and then all the players are gone--poof! If you wander across anything leading the way please keep me in mind.