Thursday, July 24, 2008

George W. Smith's Cause of Death?

In my post on Disneyland-related obituaries, I wrote that George W. Smith, a 40-year-old foreman, died July 4, 1955. The obituary did not list a cause of death, which made me curious about how he passed on. I just found a reliable source that says during construction a construction man fell off a roof. But the source didn't go into more details about the date, name, or other circumstances, so I can't say for sure that it's a match.

4 comments:

Chris Jepsen said...

Strangely enough, the County of Orange does not have a death certificate on file for any George W. Smith who died on 7/4/1955. The mystery deepens.

Progressland said...

Chris. I went back to the original post and saw that you posted George died in LA County. I guess that would argue against him dying because of a fall at Disneyland--unless he were transported to LA. What was the Orange County hospital situation like in 1955?

Anonymous said...

If it helps any, my name is Bryan Stull, the grandson of George William Smith. He was my mother's father who passed away when she was 11 years old. We possess a letter from Walt Disney thanking him for his contributing work on Disneyland. He died of an apparent heart attack July 4,1955. My mmother is still alive and healthy but doesn't know too much about him so if anyone knew him please, feel free to call me at 805-863-8084.

Cyndi Walker said...

Your Grandfather is my Great Uncle! Small world! We had some great pictures on our side of Disneyland under construction that unfortunately after my Grandmother's passing have not been found again.