Twenty-six year old Henry "Harry" Kiely was a math
professor at St. Louis University and played cover
point defense on the St. Louis Worlds Fair Hockey
team for coach Robert "Pop" Gillespie,
as well as center halfback on the Spalding
association football team in St. Louis.
the 1903-1904 season
played Portage Lake of Houghton
in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, one of
the best teams in the
International Professional Hockey
League. Portage Lakes
beat St. Louis badly;
Harry Kiely came away with a busted nose and the
team with dampened spirits. On the way back to St. Louis, Harry's
team mates headed on south while Harry stayed on in
Chicago to spend time with five of his siblings who
lived there. He also had two siblings in
Duluth, one in Ontario and his brother John taught
French and religious at St. Louis University.
The afternoon of December 30,
1903, Harry went to Klaw & Erlanger's production of
Mr. Bluebeard at Chicago's newest playhouse, the
Iroquois Theater. I've not yet learned who
else was in Harry's party or where he was seated.
All that is known is that he perished and his
body was taken to Buffums Funeral home where
it was identified by his brother, Joseph Kiely.
The body was
transported to St.
Louis on the Grand Trunk Railway. Funeral services
were held at the Holy Family Church and burial was
at Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Louis.