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Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter

Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter of the Alton Police Department was shot and mortally wounded as he was walking near the depot at approximately 0200 hours.

Marshal Kaschmitter encountered two men who covered him with their revolvers and ordered him to throw up his hands. He obeyed and at the same time said, "I am the town marshal." At this point, both men opened fire, the bullets entering his chest and stomach. As the suspects fled, Marshal Kaschmitter drew his revolver and fired several times. Citizens carried Marshal Kaschmitter to the home of a local doctor where he died two days later. A posse failed to locate the suspects.

E.O.W. March 27, 1911

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Created: 02-07-2006
Last Updated: 10-09-2006 (JLR)