By Keith Dameron, Historian-Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial

Mounted Officer William Shellman, 45, died on August 12, 1906, at St. Mary’s Hospital from the effects of being struck by lightning. He was patrolling his beat in the Bessemer district on Sunday, August 5, during an electrical storm when he was struck by lightning and knocked off his horse. He complained of feeling unwell all week and on Saturday night called police headquarters to report that he was on his way to the hospital. He died there several hours later, early Sunday morning.

William A. Shellman (Kjellman) was born November 23, 1860, in Doderhult, Kalmar, Sweden. He came to America in 1875 and settled in Salina, Kansas. He married Mathilda Andersdotter on November 23, 1883, in McPherson, Kansas. They lived in Pueblo for 22 years. He joined the Pueblo Police Department in May, 1905. He was a member of the Odd Fellows (IOOF) Lodge 17 and the Woodmen of the World (WOW) Camp 49. Shellman was noted as a popular, conscientious and reliable officer. They lived at 1408 Evans Ave.

He was survived by his wife and six children, Bertha, 20, Pearl, 14, Winnie, 12, Frances, 11, Myron, 8, and Allida, 3. The funeral was held at the family home on August 13. It was conducted by the pastor of the Northern Avenue M. E. Church. Policemen, firemen, IOOF and WOW accompanied the family to the burial at Roselawn cemetery.

An earlier version of this story was published in the CSP Alumni Assoc. newsletter, July 2019

EOW:  12 Aug 1906
Cause of Death: Weather

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