D.H. Smith, Yarker Died on Thursday. He Was One of the Best Known residents of That Village
Napanee, Sept. 1 - On Thursday afternoon about 4:30 death claimed one of the best known and highly esteemed residents of the village of Yarker in the person of Dennis Hartman Smith. The deceased had not been in the best health for the past two or three years, and was a sufferer from heart trouble, having at times been forced to take to his bed. On Saturday afternoon he left the house to go down to the village and while conversing with friends suffered a slight stroke.
His passing came as a shock to his wide circle of friends, as it was not thought that the end was so near.
The deceased was one of a family of twelve, a son of Mr. Ira and Matilda Smith, and was born in the village of Colebrooke. His father was a successful blacksmith, a trade which the deceased followed, and which trade descended to the third generation, his son Clinton being a blacksmith in Yarker.
His early years were spent in Colebrooke where he attended school and when a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Edith Lee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ora Lee of Yarker. After their marriage they resided for a time in Colebrooke after which they moved to Centreville where they remained for two years. Leaving Centreville they came to Yarker, and have been honoured residents ever since. Owing to declining years the deceased ceased active work some time ago, and entrusted the work to his son.
He was one of the staunchest Conservatives in the county and never wavered from his party allegiance. he was also a prominent member of the Orange Order, being a member of the Blue Lodge as well as Preceptory. he had taken every degree in Preceptory, and was the only member of Colebrooke Lodge who was connected with the insurance fund. He was the oldest member of Colebrooke Lodge and was held in high esteem by his brethren. He joined the orange order when eighteen years of age and was a member for 54 years.
Forty-four years ago he was united in marriage and when he came Yarker he was with Isaac Benjamin for a short time, after which he purchased it from Mr. Benjamin and it has remained in the family ever since. He was a member of the United Church, was for many years a trustee, and a member of the official board.
In his younger years he took a great interest in music and when the village hummed with activity owing to the Benjamin works, a band was organized in the village and he was among the first to enroll. Many years after the band had ceased activities Mr. Smith would go to Napanee and assist at times in the Napanee Citizens' Band.
His death marks the first break among the sons and the third break in the family of twelve.
Besides his widow he leaves to mourn his loss an only son, Clinton, who with Mrs. Smith reside at home, six brothers, William, of Centreville, Arthur of Port Colborne, D. Eugene, of Odessa, Arnold E. of the Gibbard Furniture Shops, Napanee, Everton of Napanee, and Howard of Collingwood, also three sisters, Mrs. Deline of Port Colborne, Mrs. Kerr of Belleville, and Mrs. Hubble of Corbyville.
The funeral is to take place on Saturday from the family residence to the Yarker United Church and will be in charge of the Worshipful Master and brethren of Colebrooke Orange Lodge No. 532. Interment will take place in the Yarker Cemetery.
[Source: From the Scrapbook of Mrs. Jennie Benn]