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Constable James Alexander Byrd | Kingston Police Department, Oklahoma Kingston Police Department, Oklahoma

Constable

James Alexander Byrd

Kingston Police Department, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Monday, August 29, 1927

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Incident Date: 8/26/1927

Weapon: Blunt object

Offender: Not available

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Constable Byrd succumbed to injuries received three days earlier when he was assaulted while patrolling the annual county picnic. While standing on a street corner at 7:00 pm a man walked up to him, grabbed his gun out of its holster, and struck him on the head several times with it, causing a fractured skull.

Constable Byrd was survived by his wife and three sons.

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Constable Byrd was/is my grandfather. He was married to Rena Hoggard they had a son Pete. She died and Mr. Byrd married Grace Greer. They had 2 sons, John and Ray. John is my father. Both John and Ray are deceased. Ray has said they only memory he has of his father is going to the funeral. Daddy never talked about him. The 2 younger boys had to be put in some sort of home during the depression, because their mother was not able to care for them. Daddy ran away numerous times. Losing their father at such an early age and not understanding why their mother couldn't care for them, bothered them up until a few years before they died. The death of loved ones has far reaching consequences.

Anne Legg
granddaughter
July 27, 2013

 

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