|Helen Margaret Smith|
Helen was four years old when the enumerator visited the family home in Washington Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on June 25, 1900.
On October 24, 1906, Helen’s 18 year old sister Edith, blind as the result of measles, died of typhoid fever at Mercy Hospital. Edith had been a resident of the West Pennsylvania Institute for the Blind for 16 days prior to her death. Edith was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
The enumerator visited again on April 26, 1910 when Helen was 14. She and her family lived in Paulton, Washington Township.
At some point in 1911, Helen fell ill from endocarditis, an inflammation of the inner layer of the heart according to Wikipedia.
On March 9, 1912, Helen’s father died in Bell Township, Westmoreland County. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo.
Sadly, Helen’s life was a short one. She suffered for two years until her death in Paulton on March 18, 1913 at the young age of 17. Helen was buried on March 20, 1913 in the family plot at Apollo’s Riverview Cemetery. She shares a tombstone with her parents and sister Edith.
|Helen is in the front row, first girl from the left|