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Pioneer Memorial Cemetery ~ Luke Daniel Smith
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Smith, Luke Daniel
LAST: Smith FIRST: Luke MID: Daniel
BORN: 9 Aug 1857 DIED: 3 Aug 1900 BURIED: 
BIRTH PLACE:  Gervais, Marion Co., Oregon
DEATH PLACE: Gervais, Marion Co., Oregon
Name of father John T. Smith 
Maiden name of mother Mary Jane Ringo
1880 OR CENSUS - Luke D. Smith, age 22, b. Oregon, working on a farm, is enumerated with father T. John Smith, age 62, b. Tennessee, occupation farmer, and Mary J., age 58, b. Missouri, along with Albert M., age 16, working on a farm, and Clara J., age 14, both born in Oregon.
MARRIAGE - "L. D. Smith, over 21 & Florence Esson, over 18, m 06 Jan 1897 at house of A. Esson by H. B. Ellsworthy, M. G. Aff: W. B. Brown. Wit: Grover Simmons & M. R. Settlemeir. #5214 pg 496".
1900 OR CENSUS - Luke D. Smith, age 41, farmer, b. Aug 1857 in Oregon, is enumerated with his wife of 3 years, Florence, age 28, b. Feb. 1872 in Oregon.
PROBATE - "File #1977. Intestate. Died 03 Aug 1900 at Gervais, age 42. Adm: Alfred M. Esson, 20 Aug 1900. Heirs: Florence E. Smith, widow, 28, & son born since his death, aged 3 days, [born 11 Aug 1900], Luke D. Smith - both of Parkersville".
PROBATE - "Smith, Luke D. File #2148. Guardianship of son of Luke D. Smith, Sr., who died 03 Aug 1900. Gdn: LeRoy A. Esson, uncle, 09 Mar 1907. Luke became 21 years of age on 08 Aug 1921. Florence E. Smith, mother, of Gervais, died 06 June 1906 - had been his gdn. since 04 Aug 1902. Luke attended Dental College in Portland. Alexander Esson was maternal grandfather. Christina Esson, wife of Alexander, Woodburn. Luke entititled to 1/11 share of Esson estate".
L. D. Smith Killed
Particulars of the Accident---Arrangements for the Funeral on Sunday
The Gervais neighborhood is saddened over the untimely death of L. D. Smith, a well-known farmer, who met with an accident on Friday that proved fatal. He was a man of prominence and was a candidate for the legislature in 1894 on the Democratic ticket.
Pariculars of the Accident
He was engaged in getting out some railroad wood and was assisted by O. E. Smead and Frank Marshall. They had fallen a tree and were mnoving the Pelton horse power used to run the saw. Smith was driving the lever hitched to the block end of the power. Smead was holding the tingue, when the power struck a bank, throwing the tongue up, carrying Smead several feet into the air, whereupon he let loose and hollowed [sic?] whoa! The tongue flew over, striking Smith on the back of the head, throwing him to the ground with great force, actually filling his face full of burrs and trash, and breaking the frontal bone.
The power weighs 4,000 pounds and its entire weight was thrown into the blow. he was never conscious again. Dr. Shroey, of Woodburn, attended him and said from the first that he could not live. It was about 8 o'clock when the accident occurred and he died at 11.
He was not obliged to get out cord wood, but was doing it to help a poor neighbor for home he had gond on bonds for a wood contract with R. R. Eby and Mr. Mitchell. Mitchell had exchanged work with Luke and he was reciprocating.
It was an untimely death and the country loses a young man who was one of God's noblemen, honest, upright, loving and considerate. His gray hairs would have been glorious. His family, friends and the neighborhood are prostrated over his death.
Deceased was well and favorably known at Salem. He was a brother of Mrs. Chas. Calvert of this city and a partner of Mark Skiff in a hop yard near Gervais. he is an uncle of the Townsend boys of Salem.
He also leaves a wife, a brother and sister, vis: Albert M. Smith, of Biggs, Oregon, and Mrs. Clara Shields, of Spokane, Albert Smith arrived last night from Biggs. Mrs. Shields is on the way.
His father and mother are both dead, having passed away in recent years.
Luke Daniel Smith was born on the home farm, upon which he was accidentally killed on August 9, 1857 and is therefore 42 years old or nearly 43. He resided on the home farm all his life.
The funeral will take place from his late home on Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.
Interment in the Jones' cemetery, Rev. T. Brouillette will officiate. 
The Daily Journal 4 Aug 1900, 1:4-5
Luke D. Smith
Aug. 9, 1857
Died Aug. 3, 1900
Saucy Survey & Photographs
1880 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, pg 109A)
Marriage Records of Marion Co., Vol. VIII pg 39
1900 OR CENSUS (Marion Co., Gervais, ED 220, sheet 3B)
Marion Co. Probate, File #1977, & #2148 
DJ 4 Aug 1900, 1:4-5

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