Job Hill Smith was born in Page county, Iowa, November 2, 1854.
He was the only son of Joseph and Almina Smith and a grandson of "Dad Joe" Smith of Black Hawk War fame.
From his early pioneer days in Iowa he drifted into the frontier life of Missouri. Big-hearted, freehanded and generous, he was open and frank as the life that he loved.
He was a typical hospitable pioneer os the truest type. He was a staunch observer of the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as ye would have them do unto you."
He was married in Cass County, Missouri, March 29, 1874, to Mary Elizabeth Owen. To this union was born eight children, six of whom survive him, viz: Mrs. C. C. Haskins, Mrs. R. A. Purscell, Joseph C. and little William Earl, who is his mother's right
hand man on the home place, all of Arnett, Oklahoma; Mrs. Pearly Cloyd of Ioland, Oklahoma and Mrs. E. J. Casebier of Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Among those present at the bedside of the deceased were his faithful and beloved wife, the six children, the son-in- law, daughter-in-law, five grandchildren and two of his four surviving sisters.
Deceased departed this life Monday April 12, at 7:30 a.m., after a lingering illness, aged 54 years and 57 days.
Everything that loving kindness and devotion could suggest was done by the grief-stricken relatives and thoughtful neighbors and friends. He died as he had lived--- a brave man. When asked if he feared death he replied: "No I am not afraid to go," and in answer to t
the question whether he had made his peace with God he murmured, "Yes, I'll be there."
The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Blanton of the Arnett Baptist Church, at the home Wednesday, at 11 a.m. The remains, followed by many sorrow-sorrowing friends, were taken to the Harmon cemetery where they were laid to rest.
The grave was beautifuly decorated in white and evergreens, part of the evergreens forming the word "Father." His favorite song "Precious Jewels," was sung.
The pall-bearers, all of whom were friends and neighbors of the deceased, were: Messrs, Chas. Bush, James Hanlan, Wm. Clendenin, J. S. Beees, J. Wysong and Frank Mahannah.
His family, has lost a kind and loving father; his neighbors a noble and generous friend.