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Calvin W. Smith


   The Michigan Christian Advocate (Jan. 2) publishes the following obituary of a former pastor:

   "Calvin W. Smith was born in Oakland county, Michigan, February 3, 1842. He was one of six children, and at an early age it became necessary for him to earn his own living. When but thirteen he went alone to New York city and without a friend to help or advise, he worked his own way for six years, attending night school to gain the education he so longed to have. In 1861 he enlisted in Co. E. Fourth regiment of New York volunteer infantry, and served during the war. Soon after returning to New York city he found Christ as his personal Saviour, and united with the church, to which he devoted the rest of his life. December 5, 1866, he was united in marriage with Margaret Donaldson, and for six years they worked together in the old Duane church, New York. In 1872 they moved to a new farm near Bear Lake, Mich. Remaining there four years he then yielded to the call that he had heard for ten years, and entered the active service of the church. For two years he preached in schoolhouses near Bear Lake, and the result that followed convinced him that he had not mistaken his call. He entered the itinerancy in 1878, his first charge being the Traverse City circuit, where he braved the pioneer life of northern Michigan. He served successively as pastor the following charges: Shepherd, Morley, Clare, Pierson, Harrison, Gladwin, Scottville, Wesley; also supplied Almont and Ferry, giving all told twenty-five years in the active work. Five years ago he moved to Morley to enjoy his remaining years with his loved ones. April 3, 1907, his beloved wife and helper passed on to her reward, where her husband joined her December 10, 1908, at the age of 66 years, 10 month and 7 days. Funeral services were conducted December 12 by the pastor, W. Carl Murden, assisted by Rev. Hawley of Morley; Rev. N. L. Bray and T.H.M. Coglan of Big Rapids.

[Note: Actual Recorded Date of Death is: unk. Name: Calvin W. Smith]
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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