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Compiled by Jennifer Brancaccio
*Editor’s note: This week, correspondent Jennifer Brancaccio take a look at hometown tragedy reported by the Colorado Republican, early concert activity in Fairplay, ski-yachting championships on Dillon Reservoir reported by the Ten Mile Times.
Killed by Explosion- Denver man blown to atoms
Colorado Republican, June 1905
Tragedy sometimes hits close to home in small communities. From car accidents, suicides, to recreational accidents, it saddens many to open a newspaper and read headlines about unfortunate events in the community. In June of 1905, the Colorado Republican wrote of a family man who met both an unfortunate and unusual death on the streets near his home.
Merrit B. Walley fell victim to an explosion, believed to have been caused by dynamite or nitroglycerine, near his home in Denver. Nearby, his children, Edna and Raymond, heard the blast streets away; not knowing their father was involved. Walley’s wife, waiting for her husband to return to her sister’s home, heard the explosion as well and both she and her sister ran outside to see a huge cloud of debris and dirt settling.
Police and medical examiner officials were puzzled as to what caused the blast and whether or not it had been an accident or premeditated suicide. Walley never let on to friends or family that he may have had any emotional troubles and was described as a loving family man. Continue reading
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