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:
Date/Time of Incident:
Wednesday, August 10, 1892
09:00 pm
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Main and Jackson streets, Eugene
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
Edged weapon
Suspect Disposition:
Pardoned in 1899
Burial Place:
Eugene Cemetery, Eugene

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   Town Marshal Abraham Conrad was stabbed while at a fire at Conley's 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 seven 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.

Historical Note

Town marshals were elected to unlimited, two-year terms until 1917 when state law was amended to require they be appointed to office by the trustees of the town board.

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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