On June 8, 1882, Miles Kellogg (shown left) and his wife were traveling together on a stage enroute to Tombstone. When the stage was about one mile outside of town, a masked man fired a shot at the stage. Kellogg died moments after the shooting. A man rode a stage horse to Tombstone to get help. The sheriff’s office sent a posse to the crime scene accompanied by an undertaker.
The undertaker conducted a thorough examination of Kellogg’s body but did not find any wound present. When the undertaker reported that Kellogg did not die of a gunshot, everyone present was astonished. The undertaker determined that Kellogg had died from a heart attack. The death provided an excellent example that things may not always be as they first appear.
On June 10 The Tombstone Epitaph printed the following funeral announcement:
“DIED. KELLOGG –On Thursday, the 8th inst., M.E. Kellogg, a native of Ohio, in the 48th year of his age. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend, the funeral from the City Undertakers at 4 p.m. today.”
Kellogg was buried in Tombstone’s Boothill Cemetery and his epitaph is in alignment with the undertaker’s conclusion on cause of death. Perhaps the fright of being shot at was the contributing cause of death.
Kellogg was a prominent resident of Tombstone. In 1880, he and a Mr. Morris were proprietors of The Diana Lodging House and Saloon, 316 Allen Street, below Fourth Street. By June 1880, Tombstone had approximately sixteen saloons of which the Diana Lodging House and Saloon was one. The Diana had previously been the Evening Star Saloon that Kellogg had refitted to have a lodging house with a saloon in the front.
Kellogg was a talented musician and a band member performing for local balls and social parties. Kellogg apparently provided less appropriate entertainment for his customers evidenced by his 1881 conviction for keeping a disorderly house.