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Deputy Sheriff J. R. Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

Deputy Sheriff

J. R. "Bud" Allison

Williamson County Sheriff's Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Saturday, August 30, 1924

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Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Deputy Sheriff Bud Allison was shot and killed during a gun battle with Ku Klux Klan members in Herrin, Illinois.

Deputy Allison, two deputies, and their sheriff were attempting to seize an automobile, used for hauling bootleg liquor, from a local garage that also served as the headquarters for the local Ku Klux Klan. Feeling was running high after the acquittal of two men for the murder of a local klansman. As the officers entered the garage gunfire erupted. Deputy Allison, four klansmen, and an innocent bystander were killed.

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This page is a wonderful discovery and tribute. "Bud" Allison was also my great grandfather and my father spoke often and fondly of him. We grew up hearing about the events that led to his death--it was a deep and lasting loss in the family, yet he also lives on in all of us. There is a book, "Bloody Williamson" that chronicles the events of that time. One day I was in a tiny rural post office in Colorado and happened to be talking about Bud and the shootout when the postal clerk overheard and suddenly exclaimed " Bloody Williamson! My guys were the Klansmen!" Apparently, the Klansmen that had been killed were his relatives and the next day he returned with an old photo of them in their white robes. We marveled together at our strange and small world.

Lesli Allison
Great Granddaughter
September 21, 2016

 

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