|Birth: ||Oct. 20, 1920|
|Death: ||Sep. 4, 1951|
Elwood and his wife, Geneva King Brown, who is buried next to him , died in an early morning fire in their apartment at 7305 E. 17th St., Kansas City MO. They rented a second floor apartment in a house just north of Havens Structural Steel where Elwood was employed as a utility man and the house was owned by Mr. Havens, company president. Their downstairs neighbor was awakened by the fire and tried to rescue them but was driven back by the fire. Elwood's brother, George, also lived in the apartment but he was on duty as night watchman at Havens at the time of the fire. Elwood had three other brothers who lived just 2-3 blocks from him. Elwood served in the US Army during WWII.
Havens Steel (now out of business) was the firm which, in the 1980s, fabricated the steel for the suspended walkways installed in the lobby of the Crown Center Hyatt Regency Hotel in Kansas City and it was the failure of the suspension system of one of them that caused the "Hyatt Skywalks Disaster".
A woman named Eva Lee King Bryant lived for many years next door to my late inlaws and when Eva Lee sold her house and moved to senior housing she threw out some old photos and papers and, among them, was an article clipped from the Tuesday Sep. 5 1951 Kansas City Star which told about the tragedy. Eva Lee was Geneva's sister.
South Point Cemetery
Created by: Vernon Hales
Record added: Jan 28, 2010
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