Lewiston Morning Tribune|
Friday, December 13, 1918
Death of Charles Smith
Charles Smith passed away last evening at the emergency hospital from pneumonia following influenza. Mr. Smith was about 40 years of age and had been about Lewiston and Clarkston for the past several years. He was stricken last week while attending the federal court at Moscow as a witness in a liquor case.
Mr. Smith came to Idaho from West Virginia. For the past two summers he had been employed by H. C. Kuehl at Thirteenth and Highland in Clarkston, and last fall he was engaged in salmon fishing below the Lewiston-Clarkston bridge, where he operated the Hirzel nets. He was the inventor of a current motor and organized a company known as the Smith Manufacturing company. For the past two years he had endeavored to sell sufficient stock to begin the manufacture of the current motor. It is probable the funeral will be conducted today.