Anyone know anything about the State Trooper that shot my great-uncle, Orville Smiley through the heart near Pocahontas in 1928?
He threw half of a brick at the cop when cornered in some brush. He was a WWI vet too.
December 7, 1928
STATEPOLICE KILLS EX-CONVICT
OrvilleSmiley Attempted to Escape After Leading Officers on Ruse
.Orville Smiley, of Collinsville, aged 32 years and anex-convict, was shot and instantly killed Monday afternoon by State PatrolmanGeorge Kuelks on a farm north of Pocahontas.
Smiley was arrestednear Collinsville last Sunday afternoon by Patrolman Kuelks on suspicion ofbeing connected with a number of robberies, among which was the holdup of afilling station near Collinsville last week. When taken, Smiley was armed and another man escaped from the house whenofficers were approaching.
When questionedconcerning the robberies, Smiley denied any connection with them but told theofficers the house next door was being used as a “fence” for stolen goods. The house was raided and about 150 gallons ofalcohol was discovered, but no stolen articles were found.
Smiley then agreed toaccompany Patrolman Kuelks, Chief of Police Tim Kane and Henry Wegener ofCollinsville to a farmhouse near Pocahontas where a woman could give theminformation concerning the robberies. Accordingly the party went to the Pocahontas farm and on arriving Smileyoffered to summon the woman. Receivingno response to a knock on the front door, he walked around to the rear and whenhe failed to appear the officers became suspicious and started aninvestigation. There was no one on thefarm and Smiley was found hiding in a clump of bushes. As the officers approached, Smiley threw abrick at them and started to run. Patrolman Kuelks commanded him to halt and fired a shot in the air whichwas unheeded. Kuelks fired another shotat Smiley which pierced his heart and he fell dead.
The sheriff andcoroner of Bond County were notified and took the body of Smiley to Pocahontaswhere an inquest was held Monday night and resulted in a verdict of justifiablehomicide.
Following the death ofSmiley, Jack Adams, held in jail at Collinsville as a robbery suspect, declaredit was Smiley and companion who held up “Doc” Schneider’s filling station onSt. Louis road on Wednesday night of last week.
Smiley served sixyears in the Chester penitentiary on a robbery charge and was paroled about sixmonths ago, since which time he was known to have been active in boot-leggingand has also been suspected of participating in a number of robberies.
Funeral services forSmiley were held Thursday afternoon at the home of a brother in Collinsville,after which the remains were shipped to Ohio for burial. He was a World War veteran and is survived byfour brothers and four sisters.