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Entire Contents Will Be Auctioned Harmony House Opens For Preview ByPATPARKER Harmony House, the beautiful country estate of the late Cyril J. Smith Sr. of Crosby, will be opened opened for public preview at 9 a.m. Aug. 13, prior to the auctioning of the entire contents of the home at 1 p.m. Located at 3729 Shore Shadows Drive on Lake Houston, Harmony House is named for two Smith family heritage estates, Mount Harmony in Tennessee and The Red House, a popular stagecoach inn on the highway to Nashville, Tenn. Guarded by a secluded entrance, entrance, Harmony House has an exterior of feather lava stone, thermal glass and redwood galleries. Of particular interest are two bells installed on the grounds. One is the bell from the Joe Wheeler, a sternwheeler steamboat steamboat {named for Lt. Gen. Joe Wheeler, a Confederate Cavalry officer) which plied the Tennessee Tennessee River from 1899 to 1920, and for two decades stopped at the Jackson's Ferry Farm where Smith was born and reared. Expressing his sentiment for the bell, Smith said, "I am glad to have close by the bell from the Joe Wheeler to hear again its ring, to remember the Tennessee River as it was when I was a boy and to recall the end of the river steamboats. Its sound stirs me to visualize the Wheeler and feel the excitement as she was coming round the bend," The other bell belonged to Smith's maternal grandparents and was used on their farm as a means of communication, calling the workers to dinner and alerting the owner that company had arrived. arrived. The bell is brass and its clear tones carry for a mile or more. Now without practical use, the bells are still rung by children visiting Harmony House, often at a passing boat on the lake when all will wave and the children laugh. Majestic peacocks of all colors walk the well manicured grounds of Harmony House as Smith was a connoisseur of beauty and an ap- preciator of nature. Equally beautiful, the living area is enhanced with cathedral ceilings and a rock fireplace. Sliding glass .doors run the entire length of the home, showcasing the beautiful view of Lake Houston. A private library contains contains the large collection of books belonging to Smith. Each room is tastefully graced and accented with quality antiques, antiques, custom and contemporary furniture, quality glass and oil paintings. The beautiful and rare furniture includes a turtle top white marble Victorian table, Victorian fluted gold gilt side chairs, Victorian entrance mirror and wall table, two Victorian walnut raised panel medallion fireside seats, an Egyptian hall bench, Victorian gentleman's and lady's curl up chairs, and a four place marble top table set. Large fireside greyhounds with glass eyes rest beside the impressive impressive fireplace. Rare valuable paintings and prints with frames valued at $500 a foot accent the walls of this lovely estate and elegant imported glass pieces grace the tables. A prominent Houstonian since his arrival in 1942, Smith was a successful lawyer and author of a book dealing with women's status, "Tradition of Eve." Smith dedicated his entire life to the pursuit of freedom, adding to it a new sense of fairness to all mankind. A life-long Presbyterian, Smith was a strong advocate of individual individual religious freedom, the compelling reason Smith's Huguenot ancestor, Guillaume Fouquet, came to America. In a speech to a group of Houston Huguenots, Smith said, "We, of French Huguenot descent possess a great heritage of religious freedom and civil liberties, a heritage of which we must be worthy, worthy, and which we must pass on to those who follow. "It is the Huguenot belief that there is an essence in man which is inviolate, call it conscience, faith, reason, or by other name. To attempt ,its suppression by force, duress, pressure, or improper improper influences is to violate the very 'law of life.' Violations, in whatever form or guise, must forever be resisted, no matter what the cost." For over 40 years, Smith advocated advocated the full equality of women in the domestic area, the economy, law, politics and all phases of society. Realizing the need for complete civil freedom of women, Smith endeavored to free women from all discrima- tions. In appreciation of his efforts, efforts, he was presented an award by the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs in a ceremony in Dallas in 1962. A graduate of Yale Law School, Smith attributed his success to work. Considered one of the best young trial lawyers in Tennessee, Smith said that the great majority majority of the cases he won resulted from their detailed preparation before a trial and that few cases are won by the lawyer's brilliance in the courtroom. Smith was a senior member of the law firm of Smith & Murdaugh Murdaugh with offices in the Houston Natural Gas Building. He specialized in the creation and representation of water, sewer and drainage districts and in municipal bonds. Smith was considered considered an authority in the field of water district law. A lifelong Democrat, Smith served as chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee Committee in the early 1950s. He was imbued imbued with the value of the two- party system, and believed that all should maintain a continuing interest in politics and government. government. For over 40 years, Smith managed local level campaigns for Democratic candidates for president, congressman, senator and governor, and also held various non-paid party and governmental positions. A precept of his political philosophy was that a free government of the people, in order to fulfill its purpose and to be imperishable, must protect the individual freedoms of its citizens, and that all who believe, must be willing unwaveringly to oppose those who would limit these freedoms. Smith was named to numerous Who's Who lists in the country, including including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the Southwest and Who's Who in Texas Law. A charter member of Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation, Smith was a director of Texas Bank & Trust Company, an advisory director of Houston's Fidelity Bank, president president of S & M Inc., and president of Basic Investment Inc. He served served as a director of the Texas Turnpike Authority and also the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Smith is survived by a sister, Alya Dean Irwin; a son, Cyril J. Smith Jr.; and a daughter, Barbara Barbara Christley of Crosby. Invitations to view Harmony House have been mailed coast to coast to associates and friends of Smith. Every item in the house will be sold at auction from the balcony overlooking the pool and Lake Houston. Chairs will be placed around the pool for auction participants. According to auctioneer auctioneer Rocky Walker Jr., "Every item will be sold 'absolute,' 'absolute,' with no minimums or reserves, to the highest bidder, with the exception of one automobile." For further information, information, contact Old Texas Auction Co. at 328-4000 or 328-7000. the July 8 and Mr. Timothy the

Clipped from The Baytown Sun11 Aug 1983, ThuPage 7

The Baytown Sun (Baytown, Texas)11 Aug 1983, ThuPage 7
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