Cecil Gerald Smalley

Cecil Gerald Smalley

Birth
Mount Clare, Nuckolls County, Nebraska, USA
Death 21 Sep 1950 (aged 38)
Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Edgar, Clay County, Nebraska, USA
Plot Block 22 Lot 22 Grave 1 Row 1
Memorial ID 49935963 · View Source
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Cecil Smalley, 38, groundman employed only since Sept. 18 by the Grand Island electric department, was instantly killed about 4 o'clock Thursday afternoon (Sept. 21) when he came in contact with a 6,900-volt power line at the Kuester Lake area.

Mr. Smalley was walking behind a truck and holding a cable when the boom on the truck, elevated in position to set a pole, came in contact with the power line.

Other crew members released him from the line within 30 seconds and members of the Grand Island emergency unit squad attempted resuscitation for more than an hour. The resuscitation efforts of the squad drew praise from the County Attorney Donald Weaver, who said the efforts did not cease until a half hour after a physician had pronounced Mr. Smalley as dead.

Another workman suffered severe shock when he attempted to push the truck back. He was hospitalized but dismissed a short time later... ---Grand Island Independent.

Cecil Gerald Smalley, eldest son of Lee and Edith Smalley, was born at Mt. Clare, Nebr., Sept. 24, 1911, and departed this life at Grand Island, Nebraska, Sept. 21, 1950, at the age of 38 years, 11 months and 28 days.

When an infant Cecil was baptized in the Methodist faith.

At the age of 13 he with his parents, moved to Oak, Nebr., where he attended both grade and high school.

There he worked with his father as lineman for the Southern Nebraska Power Co. for a number of years.

On July 21, 1931, he was united in marriage to Ada Belle Gillan of Oak. To this union was born one son, Donald Eugene.

Cecil served a number of years as city electrician in Superior until he entered the armed service in March 1944 at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.

From there he was sent to Camp Abbot, Ore., Camp Beal, Calif., Ft. Lewis, Wash. and Camp Swift, Texas. He sailed overseas in January 1945, landing in southern France, where he served as a corporal with the 1012 Treadway Bridge Co. until May 1945. He was with the army of occupation until April 1946 when he sailed for home. Cecil was awarded the EAMET Medall, the Good Conduct Medal and two battle stars.

Mr. Smalley was a member of the American Legion and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

After serving his country he, with his family, moved to Franklin, Nebraska, where he served as line superintendent for the rural electrification, later serving in that capacity at Nelson, Nebr. On Sept. 18, 1950 he was employed as a city electrician in Grand Island.

There on Sept. 21 he met his untimely death.

Besides his wife and son, he leaves to mourn his departure his mother, Mrs. Edith M. Biegert of Shickley, Nebr.; one sister, Maudie-Lee Frederickson, Los Angeles, Calif. His father preceded him in death June 5, 1935, and his brother Marvin on June 24, 1944.

Cecil was a kind and loving father with a happy, genial disposition, and was always able to see the bright side of life. His friends were numbered by his acquaintances.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Oak Community Church by Rev. Wallace of Geneva.

The pallbearers were Claude Gillan, Jack Gillan, Harold Gillan, Cleo Roemmick, Harry Snyder and Willard Springer.

Burial was made in the cemetery at Edgar, Nebraska.

The Nelson Gazette, Thursday, September 28, 1950


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  • Created by: Marilyn Sanner Keim
  • Added: 19 Mar 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 49935963
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Cecil Gerald Smalley (24 Sep 1911–21 Sep 1950), Find a Grave Memorial no. 49935963, citing Edgar Cemetery, Edgar, Clay County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Marilyn Sanner Keim (contributor 46809294) .