Railroad Policeman William Applestiel

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel

Northern Pacific Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Wednesday, December 19, 1917

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William Applestiel

Railroad Policeman William Applestiel was shot one of five men he surprised looting a freight car at the Northern Pacific transfer shed three miles south of Auburn. The men were loading liquor into a car when Patrolman Applestiel attempted to arrest them. Railroad Policeman Applestiel attempted to return fire but his bullets failed to explode.

The car was traced to a Auburn garage where two were arrested. The three others were apprehended later the same night. The gunman was the foremen of the switching crew. Two of the suspects were railroad employees supervised by the gunman. All five were charged with murder.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Washington
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Charged with murder


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On today, the 102nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a LEO but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Armed Forces-especially during the Spanish-American War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 19, 2019

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