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Marshal George Horton Cady | Grand Tower Police Department, Illinois Grand Tower Police Department, Illinois


George Horton Cady

Grand Tower Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, February 26, 1881

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 53

Tour: Not available

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Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/4/1881

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: One sentenced

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Marshal George Cady succumbed to gunshot wounds he suffered nearly two months earlier while escorting a group of rowdy and drunken lumberjacks out of town.

The marshal had told the lumberjacks, who were creating a disturbance in the late afternoon, to leave the town and followed them on foot to the nearby railroad depot. As they approached the depot, one of the men pulled a rifle and shot Marshal Cady, striking him in the chest.

Marshal Cady, who never carried a gun, was able to make his way to the Tremont House, a local hotel, where he collapsed. Marshal Cady survived nearly two months before he died of his wounds.

A posse located two of the lumberjacks, but not the man who allegedly shot Marshal Cady. They were jailed in Murphysboro to avoid a lynching from angry citizens seeking vengeance, but escaped while awaiting trial. One suspect was recaptured and served a long sentence at the Chester Penitentiary. The other suspect was never apprehended.

Marshal Cady had served in the Confederate Army and was survived by his wife and 4-year-old son, who later went on to serve as the Grand Tower marshal and a Jackson County deputy sheriff. He was known to often wear the vest his father wore which prominently displayed the bullet hole that took his father's life.

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Marshal Cady's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-4-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
January 4, 2017


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