Chief of Police Orville Frank Aderholt

Chief of Police Orville Frank Aderholt

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, June 8, 1929

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Orville Frank Aderholt

Chief of Police Orville Aderholt was shot and killed during the Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina. Seven men from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, had come to the town to agitate the strikers at the mill.

The seven men were convicted of second degree murder in connection with Chief Aderholt's death. Four of them were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Chief Aderholt was survived by his wife, three daughters, and three sons. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
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Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, June 7, 1929
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Chief Aderholt,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens Gastonia.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

June 8, 2019

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