Tragic Smith Family

Updated Aug 15, 2019

A photo of Columbus Edward Smith and his children with Minerva (Pool) Smith. Minerva was milking a cow in 1906 at her farm in the Packsaddle community in Scott County, AR. The cow was easily scared and was skittish. Minerva climbed into the loft to throw down some hay to busy the spooked cow.
She evidently lost her footing and fell into the stall where the cow was tied. She was kicked repeatedly. The cow tore up the barn, stomping the milk bucket almost unrecognizable.
She made her way into the house but never regained true consciousness and died of a brain hemorrhage two weeks later at the age of 24.

Taken: in Scott County, Arkansas United States

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AncientFaces 1906 Arkansas - his wife, their mother, was killed by the family cow at age 24.
Aug 15, 2019 · Reply
What a truly tragic and sad story. How did you come across this story? Was it passed verbally down at family gatherings or did you run across it in an article? Is the younger or elder child in this photo Minerva? Thanks for sharing!
Aug 13, 2019 · Reply
Minerva was his wife, their mother. This must have been after she died?
Aug 15, 2019 · Reply
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