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Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter | Alton Marshal's Office, Iowa Alton Marshal's Office, Iowa

Town Marshal

Joseph Kaschmitter

Alton Marshal's Office, Iowa

End of Watch: Monday, March 27, 1911

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 3/25/1911

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Never identified

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Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter was shot and mortally wounded as he was walking near the depot at approximately 2:00 am.

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 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 attracted to the scene carried Marshal Kaschmitter to the home of a local doctor where he died two days later. A posse failed to locate the suspects.

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I never got to know you and my dad was really too young to remember much about you, but we were all told about your heroism and death. I am very proud to call you Grandpa.

Mike Kaschmitter, Spencer IA
June 11, 2014


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