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 Harry C. Semansky

Harry C. Semansky

Death 18 Oct 1937 (aged 54)
Burial Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Memorial ID 19434098 · View Source
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Obituary from the Shreveport Journal newspaper, Oct. 19, 1937, Tuesday, pp. 1 & 9:

Funeral Rites For Harry C. Semansky Are Held Tuesday – Veteran Member of Police Force, Once Acting Chief, Succumbs After Long Illness.

Funeral services for Lieut. Harry C. Semansky, 50, one of the most popular members of the Shreveport police department, in which he served for the last 19 years, who died at a local sanitarium Monday evening after a long illness, were held Tuesday afternoon from the Wellman funeral home, with Rabbi Abram Brill of B'Nai Zion temple officiating. Interment was in the Hebrew Rest cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Capt. C. R. Kent, Lieut. A. M. Bishop, Sgt. W. W. Mabry, Louis Selber, Clarence Leman, Claude Dance, Benny Levy, Dave Schuster and Sgt. Sam Jones.

Honorary pallbearers were Police Commissioner Lal C. Blanchard, Police Chief E. E. Norvell, Sheriff T. R. Hughes, Harold DeGeneres, Simon Ehrlich, Bernard Weiss, Sid Elliott, Charles Laskey, Judge R. D. Hendrick, Max Nathan, Nathan Bernstein, A. D. Saenger, Dr. E. M. Bodenheimer, Dr. Harry Triffon, Dr. Peachy Gilmer, all members of the Shreveport police department, members of the Masonic lodges and El Karubah temple of the Shrine.

Lieutenant Semansky is survived by his widow, one daughter, Emma Gene, and two sisters, Mrs. A. L. Snider and Mrs. Rose Black, both of Shreveport.

The deceased was stricken about a year ago and entered the sanitarium about six months ago.

Lieutenant Semansky became a member of the police force on Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918. In 1919 he was made sergeant and held that position until 1923, when he was promoted to lieutenant.

During the administration of the late T. C. Dawkins, public safety commissioner, Mr. Semansky served as acting police chief from April 1, 1931, to Aug. 1, 1933. For many years he was in charge of the old Jordan Street sub-station. Mr. Semansky also served as a member of the executive board of the Police and Firemen's Insurance Co. of Indianapolis.

Lieutenant Semansky lost the sight of one of his eyes during the latter part of 1919 when he and Lieut. A. M. Bishop attempted to arrest a negro desperado on Stoner Hill and the latter shot the officer with a shotgun, the load striking him in the face. He was in the hospital for two months.

The negro later in the day was killed by former Chief of Police D. D. Bazer. Lieutenant Semansky, on a number of occasions, showed his bravery and efficiency at the risk of his life in apprehending criminals. He was well liked by his fellow officers and the public generally, as he had a pleasing personality. Police officials also held him in high regard and considered him one of the most valuable men on the force.

Before Mr. Semansky joined the police force he was for a number of years stage foreman at the old Grand Opera house operated by the Ehrlich Bros.

The deceased was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 115 and of El Karubah Shrine.

Among the many beautiful floral offerings was one from friends at the Louisiana State Fair grounds.

(Obituary provided by Shawn Bohannon.)

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