Sherwood News Sheet March 20,1912
James C Smock was born in Nodiway County, Missouri, August 13,1848. Date of
death, March 15,1912,at 9:40 a.m.
he moved to Oregon in 1854, coming to Sherwood when only 19 years old. On June
30,1869,he was married to Ella Sebastian, to which union was born seven
children as follows: Henry Lee, Nettie May, Rosa belle, James C., Dora Ellen, Ira
I, and Irwin Ray, five of whom are living, James C. dying in infancy and Henry Lee
being killed in a railroad accident about ten years ago.
Services were held over the remains of the deceased in the Congragational
Church last Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Mrs. Jesse Edwards, of Newberg, delivering the
sermon. Internment took place at the Hood View cemetary, a large number of
friends following the remains to the final resting place.
Mr. Smock was a member in good standing of the United Artisans, A.O.U.W. and
I.O.O.F., the latter having charge of the burial. He was also a mayor of the
town of Sherwood at the time of his death, which office he held several
different times, About thirty years ago he established the first store in
Sherwood continuing the business about twenty three or twenty four
years, selling out to J.E. Morback something like six years ago. When the post
office was established here Mr. Smock was appointed as postmaster, holding that
position for several years and was also first railroad agent at this
point, serving in this capacity for nearly twenty five years.
Mr. Smock has been a member of the Friends church something like twenty three
years, during which time he has always tried to live an upright and exemplary
Christian life. Up till a few years ago, when his health was impaired, he took an
active part in the church work of this community, being teacher of the bible
class in the Sunday School and singing in the church choir. Those who knew him
best say that if he has an enemy the person is not known. With the relatives
the community is bereaved. They mourn for the loss of a noble character, one who
has been an uplift to the town , and who, by his straightforward, manly
conduct, has endeared himself to all alike.