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Eli Smith
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Birth: Aug. 20, 1861
Death: Aug. 23, 1917
Harris County
Texas, USA


Victim of the Camp Logan Riot.

. . . Four blocks later, at Heiner Street, the troops encountered a seven passenger touring car driven by James E. Lyon. This car had two civilian passengers and police officers John E. Richardson and Ira Raney, who had hitched a ride to get to the area of the action.

The mob disarmed those in the touring car and held them in the road with their hands up. When Richardson inadvertently let his hands down a soldier struck him over the head with butt of his rifle. At that point, Raney and the civilian passenger Eli Smith took off running in opposite directions. The 56 year old Smith was an easy target for expert riflemen. Smith was later found in the ditch at Heiner Street. He had also been bayoneted in the hip and the left arm pit, a thrust that penetrated his heart. Officer Raney's dash placed him in the illumination of the car's lights where he was shot. Raney's body was beaten and bayoneted like that of Officer Daniels. . . .

Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings
Chapt: "The Tragic Violence Along Buffalo Bayou in 1917"
by Louis F. Aulbach
Glenwood Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sec. NSR, Lot 599, no marker
Created by: Rebecca Ewing Peterson
Record added: Jun 17, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92047950
Eli Smith
Added by: Robert Hague
Eli Smith
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May songs of the angels welcome you and guide you along your way. May the smiles of the martyrs greet your own as darkness turns into day. Every fear will be undone and death will be no more as songs of the angels bring you home before the face of God.
- Robert Hague
 Added: Sep. 7, 2013

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