Mastoid Fatal to Delos Smith, Lake Veteran
Head of Port Washington Fishing Firm Dies in Hospital Here; Funeral Services to Be Saturday
Capt. Delos Smith of Port Washington, head of the widely known Smith Brothers fishing and restaurant firm and the oldest fisherman in years of service on Lake Michigan, died of a mastoid complication Wednesday in Milwaukee hospital. He was 73.
Born near Cedar Grove, Capt. Smith had fished since he was a boy of 10, and was active until shortly before his death. He came from a family of fishermen, his grandfather having started back in 1845.
Started Firm 50 Years Ago
Following the death of his grandfather, Capt. Smith's father took up the work. Nearly 50 years ago Capt. Smith and two brothers, Herbert C. and Ray K., organized the Smith Brothers firm at Port Washington and Sheboygan.
In his years on the lake, Capt. Smith had some thrilling adventures and saved many lives. About 30 years ago as he was lifting his nets north of Port Washington he saw the Goodrich steamer Atlanta about four miles away. The Atlanta did not seem to be moving so the captain decided to run over and see if it was in trouble. As the fishing tug approached, the fishermen saw the steamer was on fire.
Rescued 63 Persons
By the time Capt. Smith's tug reached the steamer flames were roaring over the entire deck. Sixty-three persons were aboard and every one was taken off by the tug.
Capt. Smith is survived by his wife, Belia (sic - Delos's wife was Delia Smith (was Wassink)); a son, Oliver H., and two daughters, Evelyn and Mrs. Hope Huwatschek, all of Port Washington; also by his brothers Ray and Herbert and a sister, Arlyle of Sheboygan, and a brother, Leland C. of Poison, Mont.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday in the Masonic temple at Port Washington. Burial will be in Union cemetery.