Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, September 01, 2007 at 11:57:26 :
Thursday, September 27, 1934
ANTHONY SMITH Passes Away
Captain Anthony Smith, who has been connected with the Golden Gate Ferry Co. for a long period, died early Wednesday morning at his home in Sausalito. He had been at work Tuesday and played cards with friends that evening, evidently in the best of health. A heart attack is believed to have caused his death at two o’clock.
Captain Smith, who was a native of New Zealand, had resided in this county for many years.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Inez Smith, two children, Anthony and Shirley, a sister, Mrs. Andrew Lair, and a brother, Marsdon Smith, of Sacramento.
Services will be held Friday morning at 11 o’clock at the parlors of Keaton and Dusel with the Rev. B. J. Reemtsma, pastor of the Sausalito Presbyterian Church, officiating.
“Tony” Smith, as he was popularly known for 30 years among the friends on the rivers and tributaries to San Francisco bay, had been a steamboat master and river pilot for more than 25 years. In his early river boat days he navigated the upper reaches of the Sacramento and other California rivers not now open to navigation. He was probably one of few remaining river pilots holding a pilot license to Red Bluff. He also served some time on the famous Yukon river in northern Alaska.
Capt. Smith was one of the original captains to follow the now historic steamer Avon J. Hanford when it changed ownership from the Rodeo Vallejo Ferry to the Golden Gate Ferry. For twelve years he served the traveling public between Hyde street and Sausalito. By nature sociable and jovial, he had many friends among the commuters as well as in Sausalito and Ross where he made his home for a number of years.
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