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Smith, Gilford – Obituary

Gilford Smith’s BurialThe Galveston, Texas News has the following concerning the burial of Gilford Smith, the 20-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. A.B.C. Smith, of this place. Gilford Smith, the young man who was drowned in the bay on March 6, and whose body was recovered Friday, was buried yesterday morning at Lakeview cemetery at 8:30 o’clock. His comrades, the crew of the Gertrude, were the pallbearers, and the immense heap of flowers which covered the coffin testified to the esteem in which he was held by his friends. Rev. G.S. Sexton, pastor of the Central Methodist Church, performed the burial service at the grave. Young Smith’s home was Elgin, Or. Capt. T. J. Bludworth of the Gertrude, received a telegram yesterday from the young man’s father inquiring if the body of his son had been found and asking the captain to see about its burial. Young Smith was known to be a man of exceptional good habits. Gilford H. Smith was drowned at Bolivar Point, six miles from Galveston, Tex., March 6th, 1904. He was born in Chester county, Illinois, Nov. 25, 1883, and came to Elgin, Ore. in 1891, with his parents, two brothers and sister. He lived here until the Fall of 1902, when he went to Tacoma, Wash., where in Dec, of that year he shipped as a sailor on the Eaton Hall for Callio, Peru, landing there in March of last year. From there he sailed on the English ship Endora, to Chile, thence to Hamburg, Germany. He then returned to the U.S., landing at Galveston, Tex., in November 1903, where he engaged...

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