Deputy Sheriff Jefferson F. Beard

Deputy Sheriff Jefferson F. Beard

Snohomish County Sheriff's Office, Washington

End of Watch Monday, November 6, 1916

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Jefferson F. Beard

Deputy Jefferson Beard and Deputy Charles Curtiss were shot and killed during a workers strike at the local docks. Several hundred citizens had been deputized because of the fear of violence. When a boat of strikers arrived it was ordered not to dock, but did so anyway. When the occupants were ordered to not disembark gunfire erupted and both Deputy Beard and Deputy Curtiss, one of the deputized citizens, were fatally wounded. The Sheriff was also shot and wounded.

Although the exact circumstances are unknown, it is thought that both deputies were struck by friendly fire.

Deputy Beard was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, November 5, 1916
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

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Forrrest Beard is my Great-Grand-father. I would like to find out more about him and his linage, that I believe goes back to either Kansas city MO, or Kentucky. I am a songwriter and went back to everett on Veterans day NOv 11 2012 to my own fathers grave site, as that was the date he died 30 yeas previous. It would mean a lot to find out about my families lineage, as my current generation knows so little about his life and times. Anyone with info please contact me. Blessings JTB

Jay THomas Beard
Great Grandson

July 2, 2013

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