|Howard Stanley Smith|
On June 25, 1900, nine year old Howard lived with his family in the Washington Township of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. As he should have been for his age, he was attending school.
Howard’s 18 year old sister Edith, blind as the result of measles, died of typhoid fever on October 24, 1906 at Mercy Hospital. She was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
On April 26, 1910, Howard’s family lived in Washington Township but Howard wasn’t living with them. He would have been 19 years old at that time so that’s not unexpected. Instead, I found a 19 year old male named Howard Smith living as a “hired man” with the Thomas R. Martin family on Apollo Road in the Washington Township on April 25, 1910. Oddly enough, there is another Howard Smith living as a boarder just three houses away but he was 22 years old. I feel the Howard Smith living with the Martin family is most likely the Howard I’m looking for. Howard was working on the Martin’s farm as a farm laborer. His family wasn’t far away. I make it a practice to check the census page to see who else lived in the neighborhood. I didn’t see the Smith family on that sheet, but when I checked the next sheet, there they were. The Martin’s lived at house number 70 and the Smith’s lived at house number 81.
Howard’s father, John, died in Westmoreland County on March 9, 1912. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo.
Another sister, Helen, died in Paulton on March 18, 1913. She was only 17 years old. Helen was buried on March 20 in the family plot at Apollo’s Riverview Cemetery. She shares a tombstone with her parents and sister Edith.
|Howard and Myrtle (Stewart) Smith|
Howard became a father on January 11, 1919 when his first son, Stewart Stanley Smith, was born in Apollo, Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
|Howard, Myrtle, and child|
On January 12, 1920, Howard and Myrtle lived with her mother and brother Harry on the south side of North Fourth Street in Apollo. Howard was a clerk in a mill office. Their son Stanley was 11 months old.
Howard’s only daughter, Alma Margaret Smith, was born in Apollo on February 25, 1922. His third child, a boy they named Richard Franklin Smith, was born in Apollo on July 17, 1924.
On April 11, 1930, Howard and Myrtle lived in the First Ward of Apollo. Howard was 24 when he married Myrtle, she was 23. He was a hardware merchant. They had a radio in their house, valued at $3000, which they owned.
On April 4, 1940, Howard and his family still lived in the North Fourth Street house in Apollo. The highest grade he had completed was the 8th. He was a salesman in a hardware store. His son Stewart, who still lived at home at the age of 21, worked as a mortician’s helper.
|Howard and Myrtle Smith|
Howard’s mother, Amanda Larimer Horne Smith, died on January 11, 1943 following a stroke in Washington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. She was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo with her husband and daughters Helen and Edith.
Howard retired as a hardware store owner in 1946.
Howard’s brother, Benjamin, died on December 15, 1957, Bedford, Virginia within 10 minutes of having a heart attack. He was buried in the Elks National Cemetery, a section of Oakwood Cemetery designated as the burial place for residents of the Elks National Home.
On December 23, 1959, the Leader-Times of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, reported that “Howard S. Smith, Apollo borough secretary for 38 years, has resigned his post due to ill health. He is recuperating at his home from a heart attack suffered last month.”
Howard’s brother George died on April 24, 1959 in the Washington Township of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was buried at Riverview Cemetery in Apollo.
|John T. Smith, his wife Virginia (Johnston) Smith,|
Howard S. Smith, his wife Myrtle (Stewart) Smith, George D. Athya,
his wife Bertha (Smith) Athya, George N. Smith, his wife
Verda (Hilty) Smith, and Benjamin G. Smith
Howard and Myrtle lived in their home on 507 North Fourth Street in Apollo for 44 years. In addition to serving as a well-respected member of the Apollo Council for 38 years, Howard was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church and a life member of F and AM Masonic Lodge 437 of Apollo. Friends called him “Smitty.”