Notes on Sarah Martha Ahinoam Smith (1871 - 1959)
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Notes on Sarah Martha Ahinoam Smith (1871 - 1959)

Also see:  Sarah Smith's Diary of her 1895 Trip to Yorkshire

Spencer and Sarah Smith Huntington
Spencer and Sarah Smith Huntington

From the Oelwein Register, March 1959.

Mrs. Huntington Services Tuesday

          Services for Mrs. Sarah Huntington will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Brant funeral chapel, Dr. M. B. Green officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn cemetery in Oelwein.
          Mrs. Huntington, 87, died at Mercy hospital Saturday at 9 p.m. She had been residing at the Carey Home in Oelwein.
          She is survived by one brother, Richard H. Smith, Oelwein, and the following nieces and nephews: Richard Smith Jr., Art Schneider, Cecil Schneider, Mrs. Ben Jenkins and Mrs. Archie McLeish, all of Oelwein.
          Preceding her in death were her husband, Spencer Huntington, in 1931; one brother, Thomas Smith, in 1953, and three sisters, Mrs. Alice Day, Mrs. Mary Ellen Martin and Mrs. Jane Schneider.
          Mrs. Huntington was born in Fayette county June 3, 1871, the daughter of Samuel and Hannah Park Smith. She had resided in Oelwein 28 years.
          The body lies in state at Brant funeral home.

From the Oelwein Register, December 1931.


          William Spencer Huntington was born on a farm in Oran Township, June 23, 1867, the son of William and Maria Spencer Huntington. He attended Oran Center school until the family moved to Oelwein in the early 70's, where he completed the course of study in the Oelwein schools. Subsequently he taught in the country schools in this vicinity. Later he took the engineering course in the State University in Iowa City, graduating in the class of 1895.
          He was the first superintendent when the Oelwein water works were installed. Two years later he entered the employ of the Minneapolis Steel Works. In 1898 he was the engineer for the St. Paul Foundry Works and continued with this company until 1908. The following year he moved to Kansas City Structural Steel Company. In 1913 he was located for a year in Galveston, Texas where he was employed in his profession. Later he was connected with the Moultrie Construction Company of Moultrie, Georgia, as a partner and as engineer. This connection continued until 1927 when Mr. Huntington retired.
          During those years he was sent by the company to Cuba to supervise their contracts. In the World War he was for a year and a half in the imploy of the United States Government and was located at New York City and at Nitro, West Virginia.
          Since 1927 he has made trips to California and he had been in every state but one. During the past summer he and Mrs. Huntington had been the guests of relatives in Oelwein, leaving here three weeks ago to motor to Florida where they planned to spend the winter. While on the way he was stricken at Wenona, Ill., and was taken to the hospital at Streator, Ill., where he passed away December 5.
          Mr. Huntington became a member of the Methodist Church in Oelwein under the ministry of the Rev. F. M. Robertson. He was active in Sunday School and Epworth League serving as treasurer in both. He was a high type of the Christian gentleman with all that implies--living the life he professed. He was the author of books on refrigeration which have been published, and also was a contributor to engineering magazines.
          In 1899 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah M. A. Smith, a member of one of the oldest pioneer families of this section, who had been for several months a pupil in the school where he taught. She has been a faithful helpmate in the years that have followed. He is survived by her but by no other immediate relatives.
          The last services will be held from the M. E. Church Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment at Woodlawn cemetery.

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