Merced Express [Merced, CA.]
Friday, March 17, 1933


John V. Smith, for many years a resident of Merced, and for the past six years Merced county jailer, passed away in the University of California Hospital in San Francisco at 9 o'clock Tuesday morning, death resulting from a complication of ailments. Although his health had been poor for several months past, he was able to perform his official duties until early last week. He was taken to the San Francisco hospital last Friday.

Funeral services were held in Our Lady of Mercy Church at 10 o'clock yesterday morning, a requiem mass for the repose of his soul being offered by the Rev. Father Howard. Entombment was in the Evergreen mausoleum. The pall-bearers were W. T. White, J. C. Ivers, E. D. Hoffman, R. W. Cothran, M. M. Morse, A. L. Silman, J. F. Gilbert, J. C. Brooks, Dean Dudley and O. H. Eastin.

John Vierra Smith was born in the Azores Islands, March 20, 1861, and came to the United States with his parents in 1866. The family settled in Mariposa county, coming to Merced in the eighties and residing here almost continuously since. After coming to Merced Mr. Smith was successively engaged in the various occupation, including driver of stages operating between Merced, Mariposa and Yosemite Valley; manager of the Washburn stage stables in Yosemite, steward at County Hospital, city night policeman and county jailer. He was a member of Yosemite Lodge of Knights of Pythias of this city and of the Merced Camp of Woodmen of the World.

Surviving relatives are his widow, Annie Smith, whom he married in 1882; four daughters, Mrs. Minnie Rowell, Mrs. May Maltos, Mrs. Margaret Castro and Mrs. Josephine Bryan, all residents of Merced, and two brothers, Manuel and Frank Smith, both of this city. There are also eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

John Smith was a patriotic citizen, an efficient and conscientious public official and a loyal and sympathetic friend. Genial and big hearted, he was one of the best known and most popular residents of this community, and he will long be remembered by his world of friends.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone