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70 Years Ago


June 15-June 21, 1935
70 Years Ago In Overton County (from the files of the Overton County Library)

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Mrs. Mattie Bowman Smith, 67, wife of S.A.D. Smith, died at her home in East Livingston Monday night at midnight, after an illness of eighteen months. The immediate cause of her death was pnuemonia.

She was one of the most highly respected ladies of Livingston, and had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for more than forty years. She was also a member of the Eastern Star.

She was married to Mr. Smith more than fifty years ago. She was reared in DeKalb County and had been a resident of Livingston for some twenty years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Robert and S.B. Smith, of Livingston; two daughters, Mrs. L.H. Byrne, of Livingston, and Mrs. E.B. Duke, of Cookeville; six sisters, Mrs. J.A. Greer, of Nashville, Mrs. Frank Deaton, of Houston, Texas, Mrs. J.A. Price, of Sarasota, Fla., Mrs. L.A. Sullivan, Mrs. Charles Chattock, and Mrs. R.A. Lafollette, of Lake Charles, La. She is also survived by three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the residence of Dr. J.H. Miller, of Lebanon, assisted by Rev. S.D. Organ, pastor of the Methodist Church, of Livingston, and Rev. R.H. Brown, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, of Cookeville, with burial in the Good Hope Cemetery. The pallbearers were Ed H. Copeland, L. Ridley Mullins, John T. Stonecipher, H. Alex Smith, Cato C. Taylor, Alfred M. Keeton, Floyd M. Speck, and R. Benton Coffman.


Mrs. Jane Livingston West, widow of the late Isaac West, of Rickman, died June 23, at the home of Mrs. R.C. Boatman, of Algood.

Mrs. West was 88 years old, and had been a widow 24 years, living during this lonesome period with her relatives. She was of the stock of old pioneer, Livingston, who settled in the early days in Overton County. She was a most energetic and enthusiastic houswife, and church worker in her earlier days, entertaining hundreds, and perhaps thousands of ministers, laymen, and church attendants during her active life. She began her Christian life when a girl by entertaining her church membership at Old Olivet, near Oak Hill.

Her ten children all reared families except one, who just lived to be 14 years old. Their names are given in order of their birth, Mrs. Permelia Frances Dawson, deceased, Mt. Vernon, Ill., Andrew Jackson West, deceased, Rickman, George Washington West, of Algood, Mrs. Mollie Cobble, deceased, Algood, William Thomas West, deceased, Rickman, Mattie Lee Boatman, of Algood, Lillie Mae Martin, of Paducah, Ky., Sallie M. Poston of Rickman, and Lula Belle Poston of Nashville, and Isaac Joseph West, of Rickman.

Mrs. West also has 53 grandchildren, 78 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. She has one brother surviving her, William T. Livingston. Her oldest sister, Mrs. Mary McCormick, lived to a few weeks ago when she died at the age of 90 years, also the late Sam and Fate Livingston, Mrs. Sarah Barr, and Margaret Freeman were her brothers and sisters.


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