Smalley (second husband of Emma Elizabeth Ellaway)
died 10 August 1916
SMALLEY IS FOUND DEAD
Beedle Makes Gruesome Discovery When Friend Fails
to Appear - Breaks in Door
Dan Smalley, an old
resident of this city, was found dead this morning in his home on
North Fourth street, Westside, by a neighbor who had missed the
elderly gentleman since last Wednesday. Since the death of his wife,
who was killed three years ago this September when run down by an
automobile, Mr. Smalley had been "baching it" at the old family
homestead, where he closed his eyes upon the world.
Oscar Beedle, a close
friend and next door neighbor, missed Mr. Smalley this morning and
not seeing him since Wenesday, he went to the Smalley home to find
out where his friend had gone. Mr. Beedle was unable to get into
the house. Believing that Mr. Smalley might be sick and unable to
answer his call, Beedle broke down the door. He was surprised to
discover the body of his friend lying on the bed.
It was quite apparent
to Mr. Beedle that he had been dead for at least twenty-four hours.
Mr. Beedle notified relatives of the deceased and Deputy Coroner
At the inquest held by Meyers the jury returned a verdict that "Dan
Smalley came to his death by an unknown cause, probably due to excessive
heat." Mr. Beedle testified as follows at the inquest: "I reside
the first door south of Dan Smalley, 109 North Fourth street. I
missed Smalley about last Wednesday. I went to his door this morning
and forced my way in. I found my friend lying on the floor, his
feet tangled up in the bed clothes. He had complained lately of
The decedent was born
in Fayette County, Pa., in 1837, and had resided many years in this
city, at one time being a coal miner, at which trade he worked for
many years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Lloyd Lyons Cote'
of Mooseheart, and Mrs. George Hutson, of this city, and one step-daughter,
Mrs. Wm. King.
The funeral survices
will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of Oscar
Beedle, with interment in Riverview cemetery.
There are at least two errors in this account - "Mrs. Lloyd
Lyons Cote'" correctly spelled Lyon, was not Dan Smalley's
sister, she was his step-granddaughter.
to Michele Tate who provided the above information which was transcribed
from a newspaper article from August 1916. The death occurred in
Streator, Illinois, USA.
2005 Gerald Majumdar