The following unidentified newspaper article was found in a scrapbook owned by Betty Burton of Lowell:
JOHN SMITH was born in St Catherines, Canada, July 4, 1851, and died at his home in Lowell, Ind., September 14, 1904, aged 53 years, 2 months and 10 days. When he arrived at the age of young manhood he came to Michigan, where August 17, 1883, he was united in marriage with Mrs. Amy (Kelsey) Bockus. After their marriage they came to Lowell, Mrs. Smith's former home, where they have since resided. Mr. Smith was an honest and industrious man and very generally respected by all who knew him. He has been in quite poor health for several years, having been suddenly attacked several times with such severity that his life was despaired of, but each time he rallied. His fatal illness began Saturday night, September 3rd, from which time he gradually failed until the end came. A postmortem revealed heart trouble as the cause of his death. A good man has gone from among us. His funeral occurred from the Methodist church at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Rev. D.D. Hoagland preached the funeral discourse. He was assisted in the services by Elder John Bruce. The M.E. church choir furnished the music. Funeral Director John Castle had charge of the burial service. The following acted as pall bearers: W.W. Ackerman, H.H. Purdy, Sam Nichols, George S. Clark, E.S. Clark and H.H. Ragon. Interment in the Lowell cemetery. He leaves to mourn him his wife, four step-daughters, one step-son and a number of other relatives and friends, to whom the TRIBUNE extends sincere sympathy in their hour of sorrow and affliction.