Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal Abraham Conrad was stabbed while at a fire in the town saloon.
As he attempted to maintain order an intoxicated subject slashed his throat in one powerful slash with a knife. 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. 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, having been elected less than a month earlier. He 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.