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Mr. Nathan Smye

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The Seattle Daily Times
Friday Evening, January 13, 1911
Page 12, Column 2

Police Asked To Hunt For Georgetown Man

Nathan Smye, Wealthy Bachelor 47 Years Old, Missing From Home in Suburb Since December 19 Last Last Heard From At Portland, Ore., Hotel

Nathan Smye, 47 years old and a bachelor, who retired several years ago and has since enjoyed an income from property valued at upwards of $50,000 in this city, has been missing from his home at Georgetown since December 19, last and the police have been asked to take a hand in the search conducted by neighbors and his nephew, Thomas C. Ptolemy of 2604 First Avenue South.

Although he did not labor, Smye dressed as a laborer and was attired in overalls when he left home. Since that time neither his nephew nor neighbors have heard from Smye. On other occasions when called away from hone Smye has never failed to write to his nephew. Friends have learned that he had stayed at the Johnson Hotel, 321 ½ Water Street, Portland, Oregon on December 21. From there, all trace of him is lost.

Smye’s home is a comfortable residence at 4963 Tenth Avenue South. He lived alone. A native of Canada, Smye is of light complexion and wears a sandy mustache, which is shaved off at irregular intervals. When seen at Portland, he was attired in a dark suit and wore a brown derby.

The Seattle Daily Times
Monday Evening, January 30, 1911
Page 5, Column 3

Body of Missing Rancher Recovered

The body of Nathan Smye, the wealthy Georgetown rancher who disappeared from home a few days before Christmas, was recovered from Elliott Bay, near the Montana Mill Company, on the East Waterway, yesterday morning and turned over to the Butterworth Morgue. Money found on his person and the absence of marks of violence indicate that Smye must have fallen into the water and been drowned while making his way home.

Smye retired from active work several years ago, but conducted a small ranch near Georgetown. He had considerable property under rent. He was 45 years old and unmarried.


Generously contributed by: Sheila Simpson