Obit: Smith, Olive T. #2 (1875 - 1937)

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Surnames: Smith, Huntzicker, McMahon, Root, Kohler, Lange, Rosekrans

----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 8 July 1937

Smith, Olive T. (10 April 1875 - 1 July 1937)

Mrs. William L. Smith, Sr., for many years a resident of Neillsville, passed away Thursday, July 1 at the Methodist hospital in Madison, where she had been a patient for eight weeks.

Mrs. Smith whose maiden name was Olive T. Huntzicker was born in the Town of Eaton, April 10, 1875, the daughter of Jacob and Mary McMahon Huntzicker. She attended what is now known as the Eaton Center School until 1890 when the family moved to Neillsville, the father having previously passed away.

June 26, 1901, she was united in marriage with William L. Smith, who for some time had been a teacher in the Neillsville schools.

They continued to make their home in this city, after Mr. Smith become manager of the Badger State Telephone Company. With temporary residence in Madison while Mr. Smith was State Senator and later private secretary for Gov. Kohler, this city has been their home until the past year when they maintained a resident in Granton.

During the past winter, Mrs. Smith went to Florida with her little grandson Billy Smith and shortly after returning was taken ill and became a patient in the hospital at Madison where she died.

Mrs. Smith was a woman of fine type of mind.

In her contact with people she developed a grace and culture that was devoid of ostentations. Her kindness and consideration were marked with a quiet sincerity that made her loved and admired by those whose good fortune it was to know her well. The city of Neillsville, the village of Granton- indeed a wide community has lost one who always had the good of humanity at heart.

She leaves her husband and two sons, William Lyman, Jr., and Herbert both of Neillsville; three grandchildren, Billy, Mary and Jerry; also two brothers Victor Huntzicker of Milwaukee and Fred Huntzicker of Fresno, California, and her step-father, H. M. Root of Neillsville, Wis.

Funeral services were held at the Masonic Temple Tuesday afternoon, the beautiful Eastern Star ceremony being used. Dr. Sarah Rosekrans sang three hymns.

The body was taken to Eau Claire, there to rest in a crypt until a family mausoleum is built in the Neillsville Cemetery.

Among the friends and relatives present were Mr. and Mrs. Huntzicker, Greenwood; Miss Katie Smith, La Crosse; Mrs. John Lange, Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. ** Rest cut off.



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