CHIEF OF POLICE STEALEY DEAD,
Succumbed Wednesday Afternoon After Four Days Illness.
The Clarksburg Telegram., January 10, 1902
Chief of Police Edward L. Stealey died at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, after only a short illness. The news was a great shock to his friends, who were legion, as but few knew of his sickness at all.
Mr. Stealey was in his usual health last week and the very picture of health and manhood. He went home Friday night. That night he was taken ill, but no alarm was felt until Tuesday when he grew very much worse and continued to sink until the death summons came. The cause of his death was catarrh of the stomach.
The dead chief was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Stealey, pioneer settlers, and was born and reared here. His father died several years ago. His mother, now in her 89th year, survives him. The other members of the Stealey Family are Mrs. T. G. Brady, who was his twin sister, Miss Fannie Stealey, and Nathan G. Stealey, all of this city; Mrs. T. S. Hursey, of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. J. M. Wiley, of Waynesburg, Pa; and William Stealey, of Piedmont.
Mr. Stealey was 38 years of age. He was a machinist by trade and followed his vocation in Pittsburg several years. He also engaged a while in the secret service. He returned here and was engaged in the undertaking business, until nominated and elected chief of police last spring on the Republican ticket.
His majority over his opponent, John Howe, was unprecedented. He entered upon his duties as chief the middle of last April and at once became a very popular officer, and proved himself throughout a very capable chief. He was of genial disposition and possessed great personal magnetism. His enemies were few and his friends were counted by the hundreds.
Funeral services were conducted at the Lyon residence at 10 o’clock this Friday morning and interment was made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
**The year of death seems to have been inscribed wrong ; conclusion based on Birth year and location where interred. The picture is from the James Lyon Family Plot and Chief Stealey was born in 1864 based on obituary