Harry Kenneth Smith

Lewiston Morning Tribune
Sunday, August 25, 1957

Attack Takes Harry Smith

Juliaetta - Harry Kenneth Smith, 66, farmer and retired railroad man, died yesterday morning on the way to St. Joseph's Hospital in an ambulance, after suffering a heart attack at 9:15.

Mr. Smith was stricken at his farm on Catholic Creek near Arrow.

Mr. Smith was born in Greece April 24, 1891, with the last name of Assimakopulous, which he changed to Smith after coming to this country in 1907. At the age of 16 he went with the Northern Pacific Railway and for the next 99 years worked at various railroad points in the Midwest, Montana and Washington. In 1916 he came to Lewiston with the NP.

Mr. Smith became an American citizen and managed his own education, teaching himself to read and write. He had an extensive vocabulary and enjoyed reading.

On Nov. 27, 1920 he married Margaret Turley at Lewiston. In 1928 they moved to the present farm on Catholic Creek. He was instrumental in the construction of a new building for the Assembly of God Church, of which he was a trustee for a great many years.

At the time of his retirement last year, he was section foreman for the Camas Prairie Railroad at Arrow. He made a trip to Greece in 1956 with some of his family.

Surviving are his wife, at their farm; four daughters, Mrs. Irene Parker, San Ysidro, Calif., Mrs. Elaine Kravitz, Seattle, Mrs. Louise Wilson, Lapwai, and Mrs. Lois Robison, Everett, Wash., two sons, the Rev. Edwin Smith, Wichita, Kan., and William H. Smith, Juliaetta; two brothers, Tony Assimakopulous, Montreal, and Jim Assimakopulous, Greece.

Arrangements are pending, at Brower-Wann Funeral Home.

Contributed by Bailey

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