WILLETT SIDNEY BAILEY
FATAL AUTO ACCIDENT
Retired California Jeweler Meets with Sudden Death When His Machine Is Overturned
Los Angeles, Cal., Aug. 21.–Willett Sidney Bailey, one of the best and most widely known jewelers of southern California, lost his life in an automobile accident in San Diego county on Aug. 14.
Mr. Bailey, accompanied by his wife, his brother, Arthur J. Bailey, an optometrist of this city, and Miss Abbie Pearson, of Long Beach, a cousin of Mrs. Bailey, had been to San Diego to say farewell to Lieut. Leroy H. Bailey, who is a surgeon in the military service and who for the past year has been at Fort Rosecrans, near San Diego. They had started home in two automobiles. Arthur H. Bailey, accompanied by Mrs. W. S. Bailey, was ahead in one car, and W. S. Bailey and Miss Pearson came behind them in another car, Mr. Bailey driving the latter. Coming down a steep grade about 20 miles from San Diego, W. S. Bailey in some manner, probably while changing gears, momentarily lost control of the car, and it ran up on the bank and tipped over into the road, pinning Mr. Bailey under it and killing him almost instantly. Miss Pearson was but slightly injured. Mr. Bailey had had but little experience driving cars, and the one in which he was returning was not his own and was one with which he was not familiar.
The deceased was born in East Troy, Wis., and was 58 years old. He came to Pomona, Cal., 30 miles east of Los Angeles, in 1884, and was engaged there in the jewelry business for more than 20 years, acquiring a competence. He then retired, and about 10 or 12 years ago came to Los Angeles and had since made his home here. Since coming to Los Angeles he had not been engaged in business regularly for any great period of time, but his services have been secured a number of times to take charge of the estates of deceased jewelers or to dispose of stocks in bankruptcy, and he has occasionally helped out leading jewelers here as a salesman during the busy holiday season. During the past year he has served as an appraiser for the local Federal Land Loan Bank, in which capacity he has visited many parts of southern California, viewing ranch property and estimating the amount of loans which could be secured by it.
He owned some ranch property near Pomona. As announced in the Los Angeles correspondence of The Jewelers' Circular, he recently discovered gold ore in rock which had been thrown up from a well dug in a ranch owned by him near Pomona.
He leaves, besides his widow, two sons, both in the military service–Dr. Leroy Bailey, who has just left Fort Rosecrans for an unknown destination, and a younger son, Elba, who recently left a training camp in Georgia, also for an unknown destination, but who is presumably on the ocean en route for France. He also leaves six brothers and two sisters–Charles H, Lemoore, Cal.; Hollis M., Seattle, Wash.; S. B., well-known Los Angeles jeweler; A. J., optometrist, Los Angeles; Dr. Nelson D., Berkeley, Cal.; Hiram, Los Angeles; Miss Ella V., Los Angeles; Mrs. Galine B. Hosmer, Long Beach, Cal.
Source: The Jewelers' Circular - 28th August 1918