Sheriff Joseph H. Baker

Sheriff Joseph H. Baker

Portage County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Tuesday, October 12, 1875

Joseph H. Baker

Sheriff Baker was shot and killed when he attempted to serve an eviction notice and other court papers to a pair of brothers. Sheriff Baker was outside the premise and was shot by one of the brothers who had fired from a second floor window. The sheriff was taken to a nearby house where he died the following day. Both suspects were taken into custody a short time later.

A week later an angry mob broke into the jail and hanged both suspects. The suspect who shot Sheriff Baker had served several years in New York's Sing Sing Prison for murder.

Sheriff Baker served four years with the 18th Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War. He received a severe wound at the Battle of Shiloh. He entered the war as a private and came out a 1st Lieutenant.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, October 11, 1875
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Lynched

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Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

February 27, 2014

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