(November 15, 1883 - November 13, 1951)
The Lusk Herald
November 15, 1951
Former Chief of Police Minis Smith Dies Here Tuesday
Minis J. H. Smith, former Lusk chief of police and well known Niobrara citizen, died early Tuesday morning as a result of stomach cancer.
An operation had been performed in an attempt to save his life. He died soon after the operation.
Mr. Smith first came to Niobrara County to settle on a homestead in the Cheyenne River area in 1919, coming from Missouri Valley, Ia. In 1937 he took a position with the Newcastle police force and in 1940 he became a guard at the Wyoming State Penitentiary at Rawlins.
During 1943 he became the chief of police of Lusk, a position which he held until recently. Since leaving Lusk he had been employed as police officer in Edgemont.
Funeral services were held at the Peet Chapel in Lusk Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Burial will be made in Edgemont.
Minis Smith is survived by his wife, Lilly L.; one son, Everette Smith of Lusk; as well as four daughters; Eva Evans of Edgemont, Mrs. Esther Morris of Chadron, Mrs. Ethel Morris of Milton, Ore. and Mrs. Ella Fisher of Winnemuca, Nev. Among the local survivors is a grandson, Kester Akers of Lusk, who had made his home with the Minis Smith family. One brother Albert Smith of Lusk is also among the survivors.
The Lusk Herald
November 22, 1951
Last Rites Held For Minis Smith
Last rites for Minis J. H. Smith were conducted from the Peet Chapel Sunday afternoon at one o'clock with the Rev. Billy Hughes, pastor of the Church of Christ officiating.
The bearers were M. S. Jordan, Matt Bast, Leonard Seegrist, Dan Webster, Clint Morehouse and C. E. Marvin. Interment was made in the cemetery of Edgemont, S. Dak.
Mr. Smith was born Nov. 15, 1883 in Cherokee County, Kansas, the son of Moses and Josephine Smith. He died in Lusk Tuesday morning, Nov. 13, just two days before reaching his 68th birthday.
When he was two years old his family moved to Harrison County, Iowa. In September of 1902 he married Lillie McEvers and in 1919 the family came to Wyoming and located on a homestead some 50 miles north of Lusk. They have continued to make this state their home.
In 1943 Mr. and Mrs. Smith moved into Lusk where they bought a home and Mr. Smith became chief of police. For the past year he has been in the same empoyment at Edgemont.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife at the family home in Lusk and by their five children: Everette Smith of Lusk, Mrs. Eva Evans, Edgemont, S. Dak, Mrs. Ethel Morris, Milton, Ore., Mrs. Esther Morris, Chadron, Nebr.,and Mrs. Ella Fisher, Winnemucca, Nevada. All the children were here for the services.
He is also survived by three brothers, George Smith, Chamberlain, S. Dak., James Smith, Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Albert Smith, Lusk, 29 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.
Related Genealogy Entries: 'Minis John Henry Smith'
Kester Wayne Akers (July 21, 1928 - January 27, 2017)Ida Foley (March 17, 1908 - May 7, 1994)Neil John Jordan (August 6, 1974 - June 3, 1995)Dorothy Zana Kelly (September 22, 1924 - November 15, 1999)Dorothy Leeling (July 7, 1926 - July 25, 2002)Rodney Eugene Ross (June 9, 1955 - July 18, 2010)Charles Smith (June 5, 1930 - July 11, 2012)Delbert Moses Smith (October 5, 1928 - June 10, 2005)Douglas Patton Smith (December 3, 1944 - May 3, 2016)Everett Minis George Smith (July 19, 1903 - April 27, 1969)Frank E. Smith (February 9, 1934 - April 7, 2009)George Henry Smith (April 20, 1937 - December 14, 1955)George W. Smith (Date Unknown - July 13, 1952)John Albert Smith (July 21, 1921 - April 16, 2010)Lillie Louisa Smith (June 5, 1886 - January 20, 1974)Marcus Albert Moses Smith (March 13, 1887 - December 20, 1956)Patricia Anne Smith (September 26, 1931 - May 26, 2006)Rosemary Smith (April 25, 1930 - August, 1989)Violet May Smith (May 8, 1903 - December 9, 1999)Nancy Lee Wade (August 6, 1947 - August 6, 1947)Robert Wade (May 1, 1922 - July 6, 1962)
Related Historical Entries: 'Minis John Henry Smith'
No related entries available.
Type your search terms into the box below and his 'Search!' to begin searching the
The Niobrara County Library Foundation, Inc. accepts online donations. Click to contribute via PayPal or credit/debit card.
Peruse our extensive genealogical archives, with entries sorted alphabetical by first and last name.
We are currently adding birth record information to the website, with entries sorted alphabetical by first and last name.
This resource provides an alphabetical listing of names, broken down by cemetery, of
those buried in area cemeteries. This resource can assist you in locating the exact location of these grave