SMILEYMother: Belle Hall, born October 30, 1890
Father: Chas Oscar, born March 17, 1890
Lilath Merle, born June 20, 1914
Gretta May, born December 27, 1915
Charlena, born February 9, 1927
All Died May 9, 1927
So I don't know what to think about this story other than I think I would like to check it out. There are several stories of Mr. Smiley at the Mills Cemetery in Garland, Tx. One is.... that one tragic evening, he killed his family then himself.hhhuumm ok... But the story I tend to believe is that of a Tornado came through Garland on May 9,1927 and destroyed most of the city.
The reason I tend to believe this story is because if there had been a mass killing of a family,then suicide, you would be able to find more documents on the event. It to me, would have been "news worthy". You know, lots of articles written about it.
But there ARE documents of a violent Tornado that hit the City of Garland on May 9, 1927 and destroyed much of the city, therefore that would explain the deaths of Mr. Smiley, his wife and three daughters all on the same day. It is a sad story, whatever the truth is, but Mr. Smiley was only 37 and his youngest daughter was only three months when they all met their fate. What a sad, sad story.
The story goes, that his spirit walks around the cemetery at night, his soul tormented at the lost of his entire family. There is another story...that takes place on Halloween night that has to do with the cemetery but if it waayyy out there so I don't want to pass it on. If you are interested you can look it up on the internet I'm sure.
Although I have never been there(but plan on going soon)they say his grave is easy to find. Just enter off Commerce Street onto Mills and it is just to the left.
So, that is my cemetery story for today. If anyone has been there, please let me know what you thought.