Cortland Standard - July 9, 1928
George W. Smith, 84, one of the last two surviving veterans from this city of the old 76th New York State Volunteer infantry, died last evening at 8:30 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Myron A. Lowell of 176 Main Street. While Mr. Smith had been in poor health for the past year, it was only one week ago today that he took to his bed.
Mr. Smith was born at the old Smith homestead at Blodgett Mills on July 26, 1843. He was the youngest of a family of three children of the late Mr. and Mrs. Merrick Smith and received his education in the old cobblestone school house near his birthplace.
He enlisted as a member of Co. F of the 76th New York Volunteer Infantry at the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. He took part in many of the major engagements of the war of the Rebellion and on July 1 he was wounded in the hip and left leg at Gettysburg, the injury necessitating the amputation of the lower portion of the left limb.
Mr. Smith after receiving his honorable discharge at the close of the war returned to his former home at Blodgett Mills. Later, he went to Messengerville where he became engaged in the grocery business and then moved to Marathon where he continued the same business until two years ago.
The death of his wife, Mrs. Mary A. Smith, occurred at Oxford some two years ago.
Mr. Smith enjoyed unusually good vision up to the time of his death, being able to see and read without glasses. he was well-versed on various subjects and kept in touch with the times by daily reading of the newspapers. His companion and fellow soldier mate, U. A. Burnham is now the lone survivor from this city of the old 76th.
Mr. Smith was a member of Marathon post, G.A.R. during its existence and also of the Odd Fellows of that village.
He leaves two daughters and a son, Mrs. Myron Lowell of this city, Mrs. Fred Bolt of Owego and William Smith of Oxford.
The funeral service which will be conducted by the Odd Fellows of marathon will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Myron A. Lowell of 176 Main Street. The burial will be made in the Cortland Rural cemetery.
- photo, above, Carlisle Barracks photo RG985 CWP113.95
Cortland Standard, Wednesday, July 11, 1928
Marathon, July 11 - George W. Smith, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Vida Lowell, in Cortland July 8. The funeral services were held this morning, Marathon Lodge, I. O. O. F. having charge. he was the oldest member of this lodge. Mr. Smith was born July 26, 1843 and was a Civil War veteran having lost a leg in that war. he was a resident of Marathon for a great number of years, until the death of his wife a few years ago when he went to live with his daughter.
He is survived by three children, the daughter with whom he lived and Mrs. Pearl Bolt, and a son, William Smith of Oxford.
- Courtesy of JoAnn Bartlett, grand-daughter of G.W. Smith. Ms. Bartlett may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
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