Today we bring you a sad tale. From all accounts, Minnie Smith was a lovely girl. Her parents were Charles and Mary Jane Smith (who featured in a display at the museum last year) and she was born in 1894, no doubt at Broadwell House which was Smith Headquarters.
Charles was a pond digger and often away from home but it would seem that the family coped well and we gather that other members of the family were hard working, friendly people with a determination to do well.
We shall see, in the near future, some schoolwork, which Minnie did in 1904, as a ten year old. It is clear that she was a clever girl.
We also learn from written comments by relatives, that Minnie had a beautiful singing voice. She would sing like a lark when she was not in pain.
Sadly, Minnie developed cancer and when she was taken to hospital, the doctors decided she was far too weak and far too much would need to be removed for her to have any chance of surviving an operation.
Minnie died as a 12 year old in 1906.