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    This just in from Dale "Lark Parker" McPhearson:

    Arthur E. Smith, 97, of Wesley Manor in Frankfort, passed away on September 12, 2015 at St. Vincent Frankfort Hospital. His sudden and unexpected death was the result of a fall near his residence.

    Born March 25, 1918 in Elkhart, IN, he is the son of Arthur E. Smith Sr. & Grace E. (Shelmadine) Smith.

    Mr. Smith graduated from South Bend Central High School in 1936 and Indiana University in 1940 with a Business Degree. He married Dorothy P. Silverthorn of Rossville in 1941, and she preceded him in death in 2001.

    Always interested in cars, Art joined Jordan Motors as a sales representative in South Bend. In 1952, he bought a Studebaker dealership, later Lincoln-Mercury, in Frankfort, which was named Art Smith Motors. He retired from the automobile business in 1978. Art and Dorothy lived in Rossville and Punta Gorda, Florida before moving to Wesley Manor Village in 1998.

    Art Smith was an active Studebaker dealer and I was surprised to hear that he was still living.

    He was featured on Page 7 of the February 1963 Studebaker News, receiving an award:



    The fellow on the far right, Harley McClughen, is Dale "Lark Parker" McPhearson's uncle, who worked at the dealership as a Lube & Oil Change Tech. Harley's attention to detail was legendary; he so thoroughly lubricated / oiled / whatever was specified for every part of a car brought in for service, that Art Smith Motors enjoyed a good Lube & Oil Change trade from people owning competitive makes. Who knows how many Studebakers were sold because lube & oil customers were so pleased with Harley's service, and they had time to look around the dealership while their car was being massaged?

    RIP, Art Smith. BP
    We've got to quit saying, "How stupid can you be?" Too many people are taking it as a challenge.

    Ayn Rand:
    "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."

    G. K. Chesterton: This triangle of truisms, of father, mother, and child, cannot be destroyed; it can only destroy those civilizations which disregard it.

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    Rest in Peace, Art.

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      Indiana Memory digitaal Collection

      http://cdm16066.contentdm.oclc.org/c...66coll27/id/61
      T442163
      Crisitel@oit.Rutgers.edu

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