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Edward Hamilton Harrel, fatally injured when the automobile which he was driving turned turtle on the Dollarway on the afternoon of Sunday, April 28, died at the general hospital this morning [May 14, 1918] at 12:20 o’clock. Death was caused by a fracture at the base of the skull…from the first only slight hopes had been held out for his recovery. Yesterday it was known that there was no hope of recovery, and practically all of the relatives here were gathered at the beside at the time of his death. Mr. Harrell had not been wholly conscious any time since the accident.
He had lived in the valley for the last 16 years and was one of the most prosperous and well known residents. The accident from which his death resulted was one of the most serious Ellensburg has ever known and the community was …stirred by it. Mr. Harrel was born in Tennessee 43 years ago and had been a farmer all his life. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
Besides his wife, Mr. Harrel is survived by five children, Arlie, Willie, Ervan, Claude and Ella, ranging in age from seven to 20 years. Four brothers, Thomas, Luther, Stephen, and Herbert and eight sisters, Mrs. W. T. Rutledge, Mrs. J. R. Morefield, Mrs. Nancy Cates, Mrs. William Packwood, Mrs. F. G. Prater, Mrs. Frank Springer, Mrs. Edith Hicks and Mrs. Kate [Rachel] Hensly and Harrel’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Harrel, also survive. The entire family with the exception of Edith Hicks and Mrs. Hensly who live in Tennessee, reside on farms in the valley.
The funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 o’clock from the Christian Church, under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge. Rev. F. Billington officiating. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery. Masons are asked to assemble at 1 o’clock at the Masonic Hall.
Contributed by: Shelli Steedman