|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1868|
St. Louis City
|Death: ||Oct. 2, 1906|
Sheriff of Gila County.
Hung Zack Booth.
Arizona Silver Belt, Oct. 4, 1906, front page; from the Library of Congress:
"The tragic death of Ed. P. Shanley, sheriff of Gila ounty, on Tuesday afternoon, from a bullet believed to have been discharged from his own revolver, a 45-Colts, caused a sensation in Globe and is deeply deplored by everyone who knew him.
The fatal shooting occurred at the Shanley home in the section of the town known as the old ball grounds. Returning from down town shortly before 5 o'clock, apparently in his customary cheerful frame of mind he conversed with his wife and sister-in-law, Mrs. Will Shanley, and after remaining in the kitchen about twenty minutes, he went out to the barn in the rear of the house and about thirty feet distant. A few moments later a shot was heard, and Mrs. Will Shanley, who was standing on the back porch at the time, ran screaming into the house, and then as soon as she could collect herself telephoned for a doctor. Mrs. Ed Shanley was the first to reach the barn and there she found her husband lying on the ground with life blood flowing from a wound in his head. Other members of the family quickly gathered.
Dr. Fitzsimmons arrived within a few minutes, but Mr. Shanley was then dead. Dr. S.B. Claypool reached the scene shortly afterwards. Both physicians testified at the coroner's inquest as to the location and nature of the wound. Both expressed the opinion that the point of exit at the right temple. The wound on the left side was small; that on the right side, froom which the hemorrhage came, much larger. There was no sign of powder burn. Apparently the bullet had passed through Mr. Shanley's head and diagonally into the wall of the barn, going entirely through the plank, about six and a half feet above the floor.
Mr. Shanley was making preparations to start the following day with some friends on a hunting trip, and the theory has been advanced that he went into the barn to fix some pack saddles which were on the floor, and that in stooping over the revolver fell to the floor and was discharged with fatal result.
The theory of suicide has been rejected because the evidence is conflicting and puzzling, and the coroner's jury were unable to arrive at a satisfactory decision. The jury was composed of Arthur Kenyon, Frank L. Gates, J.F. Hechtman, E.F. Kellner, Jr., Harry Sultan, J.N. Porter and S.R. Boardman, and their verdict is:
'We, the jurors in the above entitled matter, on our oaths, do say: That the name of the deceased was Ed. P. Shanley, that he was in his 38th year, and was a native of St. Louis, Mo.; that at the time of his death he was sheriff of Gila county, Arizona, and that he came to his death in Globe, GIla county, Arizona, on the 2nd day of October, 1906, from a gunshot wound, and from the evidence and the circumstances this jurty is unable to determine the exact manner of his death.'
Deceased was always of a cheerful disposition, his family relations were pleasant and he had no financial or other trouble, so far as known, to worry him.
Probably no further light will ever be thrown on the deplorable affair, but Ed P. Shanley will be kindly remembered for the many good traits of character he possessed.
The funeral took place at 2:30 o'clock this afternoon from Odd Fellows' hall and was the largest and most imposing obseques ever witnessed in GLobe, the hall being far too small to accommodate the great throng who gathered to pay a last tribute of respect to one who was honored in the community. The funeral was under the auspices of globe lodge No. 489, B.P.O.E. Elks, assisted by the Odd Fellows, United Workmen and Eagles, of which orders deceased was a member in good standing. The impressive service of the Elks was conducted in the hall by Exalted Ruler Geo. R. Hill and his other officers of the lodge, and MR. Hill delivered an eloquent eulogy on the deceased. A male quartette sang appropriate hymns and the band assisted in the service and leaded the cortege to the cemetery, there being 250 members of the four orders on foot, and upward of 75 carriages and biggies in line. At the cemetery the Odd Fellows, Eagles and Workmen all participated in the last sad rites over the mortal remains of their departed brother. All the business houses in town were closed during the afternoon.
Deceased would have been 38 years of age on the 30th of this month, and he had lived in Globe and vicinity for the past twenty-eight years. His untimely death was a severe blow to the young wife, to whom he was married only a few months ago, and to his mother, Mrs. Annie Shanley, for both of whom the greatest sympathy is felt. Mr. Shanley is also survived by three sisters and two brothers -- Mrs. Pat Rose and Miss Nannie Shanley of Globe, Mrs. A.L. Waters of Park county, Montana, and Will and George Shanley, both residing here.
Patrick Shanley (1837 - 1894)
Annie Dwyer Shanley (1845 - 1912)
Sarah Jane Shanley Rose (1865 - 1912)*
Edward P Shanley (1868 - 1906)
George Shanley (1871 - 1911)*
Mary A Shanley Moore (1874 - 1903)*
Patricio Shanley (1882 - 1894)*
AGED 38 YEARS
Created by: Anonymous
Record added: Apr 27, 2008
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