Obituaries

Charlotte Baade Kraper

Mrs. Charlotte Kraper, wife of Henry Kraper, Sr., died on Monday morning last, aged 61 years, 7 months and 5 days. Mrs. Kraper's maiden name was Baade. She was born in Hanover, Germany, and came to this country in 1846, stopping first in the vicinity of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she was married to her husband, who survives her. In 1848 the family came to this country, settling in Washington precinct, where they have ever since resided, and where they have built an elegant home, surrounded with all the comforts of life. Twelve children were born to Mrs. Kraper, 7 of whom survive her. Mrs. Kraper was an exceedingly hospitable lady, entertaining her friends in such a manner as to make them glad of an opportunity to renew their visit. The funeral occurred yesterday and was attended by an immense concourse of friends and neighbors from both country and city, who gathered to tender a last tribute of respect to the deceased. May she rest in peace, is the sincere wish of a friend who remembers her in kindness. 


Heinrich (Henry) Kraper

Henry Kraper, Sr., a prominent German citizen, of Washington precinct, died on Sunday evening last, Nov 1st 1896, at 9 o'clock in the evening, of typho-malarial fever. Mr. Kraper was born at Friedewalde, in Prussia, Germany, May 3rd 1821, hence he was 75 years, 5 months and 28 days old. He came to the United States in 1846 settling first at Cincinnati where he was married to Charlotte Baaden(Baade) in 1848. To them 12 children were born, 5 of whom are deceased and 7 are living. The sons are William, John, Henry and Fred Kraper. The daughters are Mrs. Louise Chatfield, Mrs. Anna Walbright and Amelia Craig, all of whom live in this county, excepting Mrs. Craig, who lives in the Indian Territory(now OK). Of Mr. Kraper's brothers and sisters, none are living, except Mrs. Thos. Brannon, of the county. The funeral occurred on Wednesday, Nov 4, at Zion's Church in Benton precinct. Services by Pastor Westerman. The family requested to tender the sincere thanks of the friends of the deceased for the great kindness exhibited at this sad dispensation. 


Harry Smith

Contributed by Debbie Woolard

Services for Harry (Smitty) Smith, 75, of Louiseville, formerly of Metropolis, Ill., will be at 1 p.m. Saturday May 14, 1983 at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis. The Rev. Terry Moore will officiate and burial will be in Pell Cemetery. Mr. Smith died Wednesday at the Veterans Administration Hospital here. His wife, Mrs. Renee Smith, preceded him in death. Surviving are a daughter Geary Jo Bell; a brother, Raymond Smith; five sisters, Mrs. Leola Fava, Mrs. Myrtle Weber, Mrs. Betty Morrison, Mrs. Barbara Nolte, and Mrs. Mary Buttesworth; and two granddaughters, Mrs. Stacey Harding and Mrs. Cheryl Cregger.


Joe Smith

Contributed by Debbie Woolard

Joe Smith, 73, was born July 15, 1879 in Pope county and passed away May 16, 1952 in Metropolis. Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Aikins funeral chapel with the Rev. James T. Bryant officiating. Burial was in Pell cemetery, Brookport. He was married to Anna Croach, who preceded him in death Dec. 14, 1939, and to this union were born four sons, William Aubrey Smith, Raymond Arnold Smith, Harry Smith and George Smith; and six daughters, Mrs. Alice Bedell, Mrs. Mary McLeod, Mrs. Jo Morrison, Mrs. Myrtle Merriam, Mrs. Leola Fava, and Mrs. Barbara Woolard. He also leaves to mourn 21 grandchildren, and one great grandson and two brothers, Elza Smith and Hawk Smith. Mr. Smith was united in marriage to Lola Grothman of Metropolis in September 1950. 


Lola Hardin Smith

Contributed by Debbie Woolard

Lola Hardin Smith, daughter of Frank and India Hardin, was born December 16, 1900 in Simpson and departed this life May 16, 1952 at eh age of 51 years and 5 months. She received her education at the McKee school, Simpson, the Metropolis Community high school, Metropolis, and Norman College, Carbondale. She taught school in Southern Illinois 19 years. Early in life she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, uniting with the Methodist church of Metropolis, and later uniting with the First Baptist church of Metropolis, of which she was a member at the time of her death. In 1925 she united in marriage to Arnold Grothman. To this union three children were born, Arnold Dale, Lowell Wayne and Mary Joe Ann. In 1949 she was united in marriage to Joseph Smith of Metropolis. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and India Hardin, and by her daughter, Mary Ann, age six at the time of death. She leaves to mourn her passing two fine and devoted sons, Arnold Dale and Lowell Wayne; one devoted sister, Mrs. Frank Holzer and one niece Elizabeth Ann Holzer; one daughter-in-law, Blanch Grothman; one grandson, Dale Lewis; one uncle, Joe Franklin; and one cousin, Marie Franklin; and a host of relatives and friends. In addition to her school duties Lola devoted a great portion of her time and talents to the organization and direction of the Sunshine Singers, a group of gifted youngsters who five their talents to churches and various civic groups. This splendid group of youngsters will remain a living memorial to her interest in and love for her students. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. at the Aikins funeral home with the Rev. Merrel Scott, pastor of the Seven Mile Baptist Church, officiating, assisted by the Rev. J. T. Bryant, pastor of the First Methodist church. Burial was in Glendale cemetery, Pope county.


Lorraine Winnie Smith

Contributed by Debbie Woolard

Funeral services were held Monday, February 5 at 2:00 p.m. in the First Christian Church for Mrs. Lorraine Winnie Smith, age 47 of 513 E. 7th st., who died Saturday, Feb. 3 at Massac Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Smith is survived by her husband, Harry; father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Geary Johnson; one daughter Mrs. Geary Jo Bell; two grandchildren; five sisters, Mrs. Bessie Tidwell, Mrs. Willie Shelton, Mrs. Jeanette Barrett, Mrs. Bobbie Finch and Mrs. Helen Graff. The Rev. Alec Langford and the Rev. O. L. Angel officiated at the services. Serving as pallbearers were Harold Gowins, Freeman Gowins, Gary Gowins, Ben Hall, Henry Niecamp and Howard Teckenbrock. Laura Barton at the organ accompanied by Mrs. O. L. Angel and Mrs. Marie Hunt. Interment was in the Pell cemetery, with Aikins Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.


Winnie Lorraine Smith, born Jan. 10, 1915 in Metropolis, Ill. to Geary and Harriet Hicks Johnson and died Feb. 3, 1962 at the Massac Memorial Hospital at the age of 47 years and 23 days. On Dec. 31, 1935 she was united in marriage to Richard Harry Smith and to this union was born one daughter, Geary Jo. In April 1946 she was baptized and became a member of the First Christian Church of Metropolis. Lorraine was preceded in death by her mother, Harriet Johnson and one sister, Francis Nell Johnson. She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Harry; father and step-mother Geary and Hazel Johnson; 1 daughter, Mrs. Geary Jo Bell; 2 grandchildren, Cheryl Lynne and Stacey Ann Bell; 5 sisters, Mrs. Bessie Tidwell, Mrs. Winnie Shelton, Mrs. Jeanette Barrett, Mrs. Bobbie Finch and Mrs. Helen Graff; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.


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