Bessie Smith

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Tuesday, May 8, 1934

Miss Bessie Smith Dies At Her Orchards Home

Miss Bessie Smith, a resident here since 1908, died yesterday morning at 1 o'clock at the home of herself and sister, Mrs. Omie Smith, Lewiston Orchards, after a lingering illness.

Miss Smith was a native of Montana, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Smith. She was born at Camp Stambeau, Montana, January 22, 1874. When the camp, which was established to preserve order in the mines, was disbanded in 1875, her parents moved to Fort McKinney, at Buffalo, Wyo. Her father was a dispatch carrier at Camp Stambeau and became a beef contractor at Buffalo. It was at Buffalo that Miss Smith received her schooling. She received her business education at Stevensville, Mont., and became bookkeeper for a mercantile house at Wallace, Idaho.

The parents of Miss Smith came to Lewiston, but their daughters had preceded them here in 1908, having at that time purchased the five-acre tract that they afterwards occupied in 1916, and it has since been their home.

The mother died here in 1927 and the father in 1930. Two brothers survive, Alfred M. Smith and George E. Smith, both of Buffalo.

The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Brower-Wann chapel, with services under auspices of the Christian Science church.

Contributed by Bailey

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