Mary Frances Smoot-Washington Danenhower

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Mary Frances Smoot-Washington Danenhower - DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. .lames Itcctor Smoot...
DEATH OF AN OLD CITIZEN. .lames Itcctor Smoot I'hhm-h Away Alter lion? IVrioil ot III-lH-.--.ttli. While the c ?mniunity in genera! w? re surprised t<? ?bear of tin death ?>? Mi. .lames Kr? lor Bmoot, h- SIOSt intimate ntanoes, folly aware of bis s?t???i? condidon, liad Rcveral weeks ?ago pre? pared themselves for ihe announcement Wbit h was made al??,ut four o'cloi k y. -- terday evening t?? th?? effect that he wa no more. He had been in feeble health for some time and of late had been un? able to leave his bom??. The deceased was ?n his 78d year, ami throughout hi lile h< hod been identified with the nu-mess of hi- native city. Mr. Sin????: was ;i -,,n of ||i> ?.ai? dames Smoot ami a brother of Mr. Wm. A. Smoot. lie was born in Alexamlria in !?*?.''') ami spani his youth ban and in the county. OC was ?it the portals Of early manhood when fibe Orange and Alexandria Rail ' rood was bciii-' constructed ?md ?become ; a member of the ? ngineer corps. and shortly after entered the employ of bis uncle the Iota George H. thacot, a I prominent lumber dealer lere in by-gone years. S??me years helor.? the beginning ofthe civil war Mr. Sni????t embark??'! in . ihe ?lumber business with the late John ! Perry, which partnership was continued up to a short time previons to Mr. ?Ferry's death. Of late years he had conducted the business under tbe urne of Smoot ? Oo. I'oi' - 'in?? lim?? |?. -: Mr. Siikk.I j had been the oldest merchant <?;i the ! river front t?f this city, both in point of j [ age and continuous career in business. Mr. Bmoot W_S married three times. His first wife was a ?daughter of the late : Anthony Frazier, of Alexandria county, and of this union two children, Mrs. Washington Danenhower, of Washing? ton, an?! Mr. Anthony K. Smoot. of this city, survive. His eecond wife was a daughter of th?? late ? hai les L. Powell, of this city, and s,)ln,. i\Uir aiXet ber death he married Mue Anna, of Nelson county, who -u ? vives hin). There were on children by his second and third wives. During Mr. Bmoot'? long and li-el'ul career be accepted but one position of public tru-t, that of fire warden. During the many yens the deceased c inducted btudnes? in ibis city bo had employed numbers of bonds, ea-j pectaliy in late years in connection with liis mill. Hi- kind aad sympathetic eoiir-e with them ????? and all einleared then to him and numbers have work? ed for him for years, ?beginning as ap? prentices and ?becomingmiddle-aged men It) his srrviee. I'.lll it Was not Olllv his telali ?us with bis employees which brought ??ut his t).1 nature, but there arc numbers In th.- city who were at different times the recipients of hi lavors. a? no on?? ever sought his help in vain. There were many such instance? in bis lit;? whirl) noie? uve be and the beneficiaries ever knew, ?but there was one ?public act, known probably to but few. which should be tol?l. How that In is in? ili??;??. The morning after ?the Ilight Of 1 ic ?29th Ol September, 1896, when a dreadful cyclone bad unroofed many houses in ibis rity and Washing? ton it was found that the demand Ibr roofflng paper could hardly be met Mr Bmoot ha?! a large stock <?n band and ?as was tbe case when people from other cities wanted to buy op the coal banks a mollili or two ago at large advances dealers from Washington wen in this city bright and early tbe morning after the cydone ?and ??tli-roi Mr. Bmoot a large profil OB l?i- rootling paper pr?> vi.le?! Ii?? WOttld turn tin? entire stock over li them. II?? refuse?! to ?1?> so, and quietly ordered those in hi- employ to sell the paper only to Alexandrians an?! at the old price; nmre ?ver t?> let any penons whose houses had been dar ami who were without money to purchase the material to repaire Ibeiu to have the same to be paid for when the pur? chasers found themselves in a position to do so. Such an act should shine ? a jewel among ?the remitdniscencee in the life of the .lames Elector Bmoot. I I

Clipped from Alexandria Gazette04 Nov 1902, TuePage 3

Alexandria Gazette (Alexandria, Virginia)04 Nov 1902, TuePage 3
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