Chief of Police Orville Frank Aderholt

Chief of Police Orville Frank Aderholt

Gastonia Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, June 8, 1929

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Orville Frank Aderholt

Chief of Police Orville Aderholt was shot and killed during the Loray Mill Strike in Gastonia, North Carolina. Seven men from New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, had come to the town to agitate the strikers at the mill.

The seven men were convicted of second degree murder in connection with Chief Aderholt's death. Four of them were sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Chief Aderholt was survived by his wife, three daughters, and three sons. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Gastonia, North Carolina.


  • Age 54
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, June 7, 1929
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 8, 2015

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