Constable Albert "Ross" Hager

Constable Albert "Ross" Hager

Kanawha County Constable's Office - Washington District, West Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, April 21, 1934

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Albert "Ross" Hager

Constable Hager was shot and killed while he and another constable transported a prisoner to jail. The two constables had arrested the man on a peace warrant.

As their vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection of Clendenin Street and Virginia Street the man produced a revolver and shot Constable Hager several times, killing him. The other constable jumped into the backseat and struck the suspect in the head with a pair of handcuffs. He then subdued the suspect with the help of several citizens.

The suspect was taken to jail and coincidentally placed into the same jail cell as one of Constable Hager's sons, who was serving a sentence for arson.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison November 18, 1934.

Constable Hager had served in law enforcement for 16 years. He was survived by his wife, five sons, four daughters, five brothers, and sister.

Bio

  • Age 60
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Albert Ross Hager [298151],1 son of Michael Henry Hager [28619]2 and Venila Walls [44943],1 was born on 14 Apr 1874 in Boone County, West Virginia,1 died on 21 Apr 1934 in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia at age 60, and was buried in Watt Childress (Hager) Cemetery, Alum Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

General Notes: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=1263222&Type=Death

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62894027

Son of Michael H. Hager & Verlia Wall
At the time of death, he was the Husband of Laura Midkiff

1st Wife: Martha Ellen Midkiff
2nd Wife: Clara A. Pauley
3rd Wife: Laura Midkiff

Occupation: Constable

Cause of Death: Gunshot Wound to the Head and Chest
Shot by Herbert Harrison on the corner of Virginia Avenue & Clendenin Street in Charleston, WV

Noted events in his life were:

• He appeared on the census in 1920 in Alum Creek, Washington Dist., Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Albert married Martha Ellen Midkiff [221742] [MRIN: 7490], daughter of William Henry Midkiff [249295] and Julia Ann Lively [249296], on 15 Apr 1896. Martha was born about 1877 in Lincoln County, West Virginia.

Albert next married Clara Ala Pauley [298150] [MRIN: 108366], daughter of Daniel W. Pauley [37014] and Edith Osborne [37015], before 1906. Clara was born about 1886 in West Virginia.

Children from this marriage were:

2 F i. Beulah Wood Hager [167470] was born on 16 Sep 1905 in Olcott, Washington Dist., Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Beulah married Cameron Midkiff [89714] [MRIN: 101313], son of Edward W. Midkiff [55950] and Okla Jane Midkiff [55948], on 7 Mar 1925 in Ashford, Peytona Dist., Boone County, West Virginia. Cameron was born on 13 Aug 1904 in Kanawha County, West Virginia and died in Mar 1985 in Winfield, Putnam County, West Virginia at age 80.

Marriage Notes: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=11661216&Type=Marriage

http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=11657229&Type=Marriage

3 M ii. Isaac Arnold Hager [167471] was born about 1907 in Kanawha County, West Virginia and died in Y.

Albert next married Laura Midkiff [167507] [MRIN: 92592], daughter of Charles A. Midkiff [55944] and Effie Alice Turley [37057], on 4 May 1911 in Kanawha County, West Virginia. Laura was born on 20 Jan 1891 in Brounland, Kanawha County, West Virginia, died on 27 Mar 1956 in Charleston Memorial Hospital, Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia at age 65, and was buried in Watt Childress (Hager) Cemetery, Alum Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Another name for Laura was Laurie Midkiff.

Marriage Notes: http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/va_view.aspx?Id=12685930&Type=Marriage

Children from this marriage were:

+ 4 M i. William Robert Hager [362490] was born on 13 Apr 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, died on 27 Sep 1973 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio at age 61, and was buried in Watt Childress (Hager) Cemetery, Alum Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

William married Dorothy Belle Midkiff [335927] [MRIN: 17291] (b. 8 Apr 1918, d. 14 Aug 2008) before 1935.

William next married Evelyn Louise Harper [336483] [MRIN: 122179] (b. 20 Aug 1934) on 21 Nov 1955 in Walton, Harper Dist., Roane County, West Virginia.

5 M ii. Orville Ross Hager [87246] was born on 4 Aug 1913 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, died on 28 Jan 1979 in St. Albans, Jefferson Dist., Kanawha County, West Virginia at age 65, and was buried in Watt Childress (Hager) Cemetery, Alum Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

General Notes: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Hager&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=52&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GSsr=681&GRid=107572580&df=all&

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=107572580

Orville married Betty McGhee [87247] [MRIN: 65377]. Betty was born after 1913.

6 F iii. Mary E. Hager [402695] was born in Apr 1917 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

7 F iv. Effie Elizabeth Hager [167474] was born on 5 Jan 1919 in Alum Creek, Washington Dist., Kanawha County, West Virginia, died on 19 Sep 1972 in St. Albans, Kanawha County, West Virginia at age 53, and was buried in Watt Childress (Hager) Cemetery, Alum Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

General Notes: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=134018711

+ 8 M v. Karl Albert Hager [285899] was born on 8 Aug 1921 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Karl married Ruth Mae Gibson [353715] [MRIN: 129190] (b. Jun 1927) on 25 Mar 1946 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.

+ 9 F vi. Nellie Elaine Hager [293589] was born in 1926 in West Virginia, died on 14 Dec 2013 in CAMC General Division, Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia at age 87, and was buried in Hager Family Cemetery, Brounland Road, Alum Creek, Kanawha County, West Virginia.

Nellie married Cecil Homer Brogan [293590] [MRIN: 106201] (b. 6 Mar 1918, d. 10 Apr 1961) on 22 Apr 1947.

Joel Hager
Cousin

March 2, 2019

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