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Harvey Smith Succumbs to Fatal Stroke

March 17, 1946

Harvey Faris Smith, 72 a practicing attorney and a businessman in Clarksburg for the past 49 years passed away at 3:35 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, 514 Philippi Street, after having been seriously ill since Wednesday night.

Although Mr., Smith had suffered several years from a heart ailment, he continued his legal practice and was active in his business interests until Saturday March 9, when he suffered a ruptured blood vessel in his head. Even after that though he was able to be about his home. Wednesday night, however, he suffered a stroke of paralysis and from that time on no hope was held for his recovery.

Mr. Smith devoted a great deal of his time to farming and real estate dealings and at his death was one of the larger real estate owners in Harrison County.

His ancestors were early settlers in the West Milford section and at the death Mr. Smith owned the farm given to his family in the original government grant.

In his home he keeps a prized plaque telling of the Smith estate, from the time it was given to his family in 1743.

The original grant of land was to Thomas Smith, who established the right to it. The farm then went to Watters Smith, the first white child born at West Milford. In successive order, other members of the family who owned the land were Charles Smith and John Alvin Smith. Atty. Smith, a nephew of John Alvin, became owner of the land in 1910.

Atty. Smith was born at West Milford July 20, 1873 a son of Thomas M. and Annie Hoff Smith.

He attended the public schools at West Milford and at the age of 16 years taught the first two terms of school. This school was the Sand Hill School near the present location of the Country Club.

Atty. Smith in 1896 received his A.B. degree from West Virginia University and a year later was graduated with the B. L. degree from Columbia University in Washington D.C., now George Washington University.

Immediately after his graduation from law school, Atty. Smith returned to Clarksburg and began his practice.

Early in his career he became interested in real estate and farming. He started cattle raising as a hobby and it developed in to an important business with him.

At his death Mr. Smith owned and operated three farms on Duck Creek near West Milford and another in West Milford section. He had the hobby of studying genealogical records and had spent considerable sums in following his line of endeavor.

Atty. Smith for many years had his law practice on Court Street but for the past few years had maintained and office instead at his residence.

He was a member of the American Bar Association and for more than 20 years never missed a session of that group. At one time he served a a national committeeman with the Bar Association. Mr. Smith also belonged to the Commercial Law league of American for the advancement of Science. Thoughout his life he remained active in Phi Sigma Kappa at West Virginia University.

On June 17,1903 Mr. Smith married Anita Collins of Pennsboro, a daughter of the late Creed Collins of Ritchie county and Susan Haymond Collins of Harrison county. His wife survives. Also Surviving are a son Collins Haymond Smith of 514 Philippi Street, and a daughter Mrs. Rachel A. Hershey, wife of Harry D. Hershey of Rochester, N.Y.

The Smith family was saddened seven years ago by the death of a second son Thomas Harvey "Tommy" Smith, in an airplane flight in Newfoundland. Tommy's body was never found. The father caused widespread searches to be made for the body but without success. Today is Tommy's birthday anniversary.Mr. Smith also leaves a sister Mrs. Floyd E. Morrison of Philadelphia, Pa. A brother Atty. E. G.  Smith of Clarksburg died two years ago. John Blackshire Smith a member of the West Virginia Public Service Commission is a nephew and Mrs. R. Turk of New York City is a niece.

Mr. Smith was active in Jackson Lodge No. 35 of the American Free and Accepted Masons in Good Hope and later transferred his membership to Clarksburg. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner.

Although he never help Public office, Mr. Smith during most of his lifetime took an active interest in politics and often stumped" for candidates who he favored.

Source:  Clarksburg Exponent March 17, 1946

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