December 20, 1913

A Daughter of the American Revolution died in Milwaukee—former resident here

Minerva E. Smith, one of the oldest pioneer residents of this section of Wisconsin, died last Saturday at her home in Milwaukee, 518 - 34th Street, age 80 years, after a short illness with pneumonia.

The deceased was born in Pulaski, N. Y., June 2, 1833, and when 11 years old came to Wisconsin with per parents via the great lakes in the VANDALIA, the trip requiring three weeks time in reaching Milwaukee. From Milwaukee, the family came overland by ox-team to the old homestead at Amsterdam, in the town of Holland, Sheboygan county. Here she was married in the old log cabin home of Mr. Ellis Oliver on June 2, 1852. Within a year she had become wife, mother and widow. A son was born to them, Ellis C. Oliver, now a resident of Portland, Oregon. On March 10, 1854, the subject of this sketch married Gilbert H. Smith, a pioneer fisherman of the west shore, living in Amsterdam, then a thriving village. To this union there was born nine children, seven of whom survive. They are: Harmon of Sioux Falls, S. D.; Delos and Herbert of this city; Leland of Angela, Montana; Roy of Sheboygan; Mrs. Jessie Stronks and Miss Arlisle Smith of Milwaukee.

Mr. Smith died 21 years ago. Mrs. Smith, after 45 years of continuous residence at the old homestead sold it in 1899, and removed to Port Washington where she and her daughter Arlisle resided for some years, ultimately moving to Milwaukee.

Mrs. Smith was a Daughter of the American Revolution and also was eligible to membership in the Daughters of 1812. Her modest character prompted her to keep this enviable mark of distinction in the background and few, indeed, knew of her distinguished ancestry.

A short service was held on Monday at the residence in Milwaukee and the body brought to Port Washington for burial on Tuesday. Services were held at the Congregational Church in this city at 1:00 p.m., in accordance with the expressed wish of the deceased. The obsequies were attended by practically all of the members of the Ladies' Auxiliary, of which the deceased was a member and by many friends of the family.
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