"The News-Bee" (Toledo, OH), Tues., Dec. 7, 1937, 1-1-8:
Headline: Fall Kills Job-Hunter, 26. on Safety Building Steps/Skull Broken, Applicant for Patrolman Position, Succumbs 6 Hours Later.
-Colin Smethurst went from Woodward High School to Willys-Overland, to the Spicer Manufacturing Co. He worked there for the last five years. But what the 26-year-old machinist really wanted was to be a policeman. He talked about it all time, he read police stories, he followed the work of the Police Department.
Physically, he was well-qualified, a 180-pound, six-footer, who served eight years in the Naval Reserve.
Yesterday afternoon he left his home at 4212 Walker Avenue to go downtown for an interview with the Civil Service Commission, on his application for appointment as a patrolman. He had not yet taken the civil service examination.
As he came up the steps to the Safety Bilding he slipped. His head struck the stone masonry. Taken to St. Vincent's Hopsital he died six hours later. Coroner William M. Shapiro says there were no witnesses to the accident, although it is apparent Mr. Smethurst slipped on the steps.
Mr. Smethurst lived with his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Smethurst. He was a member of the Collingwood M. E. Church and Collingwood Lodge, F. & A. M. Besiders his parents, Mr Smethurst leaves a sister, Mrs. Lora Vonck of Toledo, and two grandfathers in England.
Services will be in Boyer West Toledo Mortuary at 2 p.m. Thursday. Buiral will be in Collingwood.
Colin's obit suggests that both of his parents were living. However, I cannot find any obit for Charles or Colin's sister, unless they died between 1954 and 1957 or outside Ohio.
Charles registered for the WWI draft in Toledo on June 5, 1917. He said he was born Nov. 4, 1888 in Lancashire, England, was a machinist at Overland Corp. and was married with two children.
"The Blade" (Toledo, OH), Tues. Nov.10, 1981, 2-25-4:
Mrs. Elizabeth Smethurst, 95, formerly of Luna Pier, Mich., died Monday in Brookhaven Convalescent Center, where she had lived the last three years. She was the widow of Charles Smethurst. There are no immediate survivors. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the Boyer-VanWormer-Scott Mortuary, Sylvania Avenue, where the body will be after 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Elizabeth was the d/o Edmund and Betty (nee WOLFANDALE) TAYLOR. If Elizabeth lived in Luna Pier, MI before 1979, perhaps she then lived with her daughter.