Town Marshal
Abraham Conrad
Eugene Town Marshal's Office
Wednesday, August 10, 1892

Age: 45
Served: 1 month
Badge #:
Panel 58W, Line 22
Panel L7, Line 8

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Stabbed
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, August 10, 1892
09:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Main Street, Eugene
Incident County:
Vermillion
Incident Township:
Eugene
Weapon Used:
Knife
Suspect Disposition:
Pardoned
Burial Place:
Eugene Cemetery, Eugene

   Town Marshal Abraham Conrad was stabbed after responding to a fire in the town saloon.

   As Marshal Conrad attempted to maintain order an intoxicated suspect slashed his throat in one powerful slash.  The gathered crowd was ready to lynch the suspect, but was persuaded not to by the town's clerk.  The suspect was indicted for murder with a change of venue to Fountain County where he was sentenced to 21 years in prison, but was pardoned six years later.

   The effect that Marshal Conrad's murder had on the town, in large part, led the town to dissolve its existence in 1896, less than four years after its incorporation.

   Town Marshal Conrad was Eugene's first marshal and was survived by his wife and five children.


The responsibilities of the Eugene Town Marshal's Office (1892–1896) are now under the jurisdiction of the Vermillion County Sheriff's Department.


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