William "Billy" L., III (1930 - 1940)
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Surnames: Smith, Churchill, Longenecker, Krueger
----Sources: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thurs., 5 Sept. 1940
Smith, William "Billy" L., III (29 Dec. 1930 - 2 Sept. 1940
William L. Smith, III, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Smith, Jr., passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield, shortly after the midnight hour, Monday morning, September 2, after a four-day illness with infantile paralysis.
Billy was born here December 29, 1930. About four years ago he was taken seriously ill after a stage of pneumonia, being in the hospital at Eau Claire for many weeks. During the convalescent period he was taken to Florida where he regained his strength rapidily, and apparently he was completely restored to health.
Billy was a wholesome, vivacious lad, sweet and likable, a favorite among the children of the neighborhood and at school. He made a way for himself with older people as well. The little boy accepted certain duties about the home and performed them faithfully.
Billy was particularly interested in building model roads and bridges. He had worked for days, recently, constructing a road in the back yard of the Smith home. Billy was an excellent student, and was to enter the fifth grade this week.
Surviving are his parents, a sister, Mary Ann, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Smith, Sr., and grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Churchill.
Owing to the nature of the disease, private funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Lowe Funeral Home, Rev. G. W. Longenecker conducting the rites. Interment took place in the Neillsville Cemetery.
Mr. and Mrs. Milton Krueger of Cokato, Minn., and Lawrence Churchill, Minneapolis, were here for the rites.
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