Palos Star [Dos Palos, CA]
Friday, Sept 20, 1946
E. K. Angle, Former Mayor, Fatally Injured
When Theatre Building Scaffolding Collapses;
Funeral Tomorrow at 2:00 P.M.
E. K. Angle, Dos Palos pioneer and local theatre owner, died Wednesday night in the local hospital 8 hours after he was seriously injured when a large scaffolding collapsed in the theatre building burying him underneath. He and his nephew, Raymond Angle, were the only men injured of the seven in the building at the time of the accidents. Death resulted from a crushed chest, shock and compound fracture of the left leg. Local physicians and a Fresno specialist attended the injured man. Raymond suffered a fractured bone in the right foot. Funeral services are to be held Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Methodist church and the city council and chamber of commerce have requested that all business houses close during the services.
Gutted by fire in March, the rebuilding of the show house has been underway for some time, and the inside scaffolding for the 40 ft. x 100 ft. structure was being torn down when the tragedy occurred.
According to Shelton Angle, son of the theatre owner, he was standing near his father when the scaffolding began to fall. Shelton Angle Jr., 18, the fatally injured man's grandson and Raymond Angle were on the scaffolding, and Shelton, being near the end, ran and jumped free of the tumbling lumber. Raymond went down with the scaffolding, but was standing over the balcony section of the theatre the height of which lessened the force of his fall.
Shelton, Sr., said he grabbed the elderly Angle's arm to pull him to safety, but in his concern for his grandson and nephew, Angle ran into the path of the falling timbers. Shelton, Sr., said he was unable to account for the temporary structure giving away. William Halt and Richard Steward were also in the building.
This is the second accident in the theatre since the rebuilding commenced. Alex McKenzie, Poso Canal superintendent has been confined to a hospital since a portion of a scaffolding fell and struck him on the head in April.
Here Since 1905
Born September 25, 1882, in Louisiana, Mo., Elmer Kincaid Angle was 64 years old at the time of his death. He came to Dos Palos in 1905 and but for a short interim of work in the bay area following the San Francisco earthquake had resided here since that time. He and his brother, Warren, were building contractors throughout the valley for many years.
Leader in the community affairs for a number of years, Angle was elected first mayor of Dos Palos following the incorporation in 1935 and served in that capacity until 1941 when he retired from office. During his residence here, in addition to building, he has been engaged in the lumber business, theatre, and owned and operated farm land.
Survivors, besides his wife, Mrs. Ella Mae Angle of this city, are Shelton and Mrs. Mary Hatcher of Dos Palos, Mrs. Doris Ceccarelli of South Dos Palos, three brothers, Warren Angle, city treasurer, Harry of Denver, Colo., and Carson of Oakland. Grandchildren are Pvt. Elmer Hatcher now stationed in Alaska with the U. S. Army, Fred Ronald Hatcher, Robert Ceccarelli, S.K. Angle, Dorothy and Mrs. Mary Ellen Mathews and one great-grandson. Two sisters, Mrs. Maude Kettleson and Mrs. Grace White, both of Dos Palos, preceded him in death.
The last rites will be conducted by Rev. William Kirby and Masonic services by Dos Palos Lodge No. 681 F. & A. M. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Whitehurst Funeral Chapel. Internment will be in the Dos Palos cemetery.