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Deputy U.S. Marshal C. R. V. Schefsky | United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

Deputy U.S. Marshal

C. R. V. Schefsky

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch: Sunday, September 7, 1879

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Assault

Location: Texas

Incident Date: 9/7/1870

Weapon: Unknown weapon

Offender: Unknown disposition

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In 1870, census taking was one of the duties of the US Marshals. This task was so time consuming that it caused the Marshals to hire deputies for that specific purpose. US Marshal Thomas Purnell appointed C.R.V. Schefsky as a Deputy US Marshal for the Western District of Texas. Deputy Marshal Schefsky lived in Bastrop and took the census for that area.

A passerby noticed a buggy alongside Fiskville Road about four miles from Bastrop. He also saw a horse nearby, grazing on grass. He approached the buggy and found a man slumped in the seat. Officers discovered the dead man was Deputy Marshal C.R.V. Schefsky. He had been brutally beaten about the back of his head. His gun, money and the census rolls were missing. An inquest jury ruled that Deputy Marshal Schefsky had met his death through violence by unknown persons. The Austin newspaper speculated the killer or killers might have thought Deputy Marshal Schefsky was carrying tax rolls. It is unknown at this time if anyone was ever arrested or convicted for the murder.

Deputy Marshal Schefsky was survived by his wife, Johanna Schefsky. His place of burial is unknown.

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To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 134th anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater
April 29, 2013

 

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