Burnett T. Smith – “Highly Respected” Oregon Pioneer passes

“B.T. Smith, a highly respected pioneer died at the residence of his son, Marvin Smith, four miles southwest of Junction, January 24, 1910,  aged 80 years, 2 months and 3 days.  For a number of years deceased lived in the Harmony neighborhood and was well known and respected by all.  He is survived by his son and four daughters.  Burnett T. Smith was born in New York, November 22, 1829.  With his family early in life he moved to Michigan and from that state to Indiana, and later from there to Iowa.  In 1865 he crossed the plains from Iowa to Oregon, settling in Lane county, where he had resided ever since.  Funeral services were held at the home of his son Tuesday by T.H. Downs.  The remains were interred in the Odd Fellow cemetery.

In Memoriam

Patiently he bore his sufferings; peacefully he passed away;  Joyfully we hope to meet him on that resurrection day.

Jesus knows the woes that follow all the weary steps of life; so in love, he took our father from the struggles and the strife.

And we trust in God’s kind mercy when our time has come to go; that we all may meet dear father, on that heavenly, golden shore.

Card of thanks

We take this method of expressing our sincere thanks to neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us during the last illness and death of our beloved father.  Edna Goodlin, Emma Ingram, Marvin Smith.”  Eugene Morning Register, Feb. 4, 1910, pg. 2

It is not common that we find an obituary, memoriam and card of thanks all together in one column.  Many times a memoriam poem will follow several days after the obituary – and often submitted by fraternal, sorority or religious organization.  Cards of thanks can be great ways to learn the married names of someone’s children if they are not listed in the obituary.

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