Old St. Andrews



Death of Adam Smith



Death Visits the Home of Adam Smith


Oct 26, 1859
Scarlatina and Fever
This disease has been very prevalent among the children here for some time, and we regret to say has proved fatal in many cases,, as may be seen by reference to our obituary list for the last few weeks; it is of a very bad type, accompanied by sore throat. There is scarcely a family of children in the town, which has not been attacked, and the cold weather seems to have had no effect upon the epidemic.


Nov 2, 1859
To Our Readers
The Standard today is published as half a sheet; and we feel confident our subscribers and patrons will make allowance, when we state, that seven of our children have been prostrated by the fearful epidemic now so prevalent—scarlet ever and putrid sore throat—and that one of them, a beloved son, principal assistant in the office, has been taken from our midst, by an All-Wise god, to whose will be humbly bow. We feel unable mentally and physically to issue the Standard in its usual form; and in our bereavement and affliction, rely upon the sympathy of our readers, to excuse any omissions in the contents or size of the paper, until we can make arrangements for publishing it in the usual form, which we trust to accomplish as soon as possible. To our friends in St. Andrews, we tender our warmest thanks, for their numerous kind offices and expressions of sympathy.


Nov 30/1859
Poem selected by children "as being appropriate to the recent death of their brother."


Dec 23/1857
In editorial on Christmas, Smith notes the "vacant chair," of the deceased or the departed, that will occupy a presence in the room. (As he himself will experience, some years later, in the death of his 13-year-old daughter.)


Dec 25/1872
A. W. Smith’s third daughter dies of consumption after long illness.


Jan 1/1873
To many, ourselves among the number, the year that has passed, has its said memories. In how many households is the “vacant chair” reminding of loved ones, once the light and life of the family, but now forever removed. From their sight, to a happier, purer and holier sphere; teaching us that we too must soon follow to that “undiscovered country” and admonishing us “be ye also ready.” (ill four years)