Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter

Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter

Alton Marshal's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, March 27, 1911

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Joseph Kaschmitter

Town Marshal Joseph Kaschmitter was shot and mortally wounded as he was walking near the depot at approximately 2:00 am.

Marshal Kaschmitter encountered two men who covered him with their revolvers and ordered him to throw up his hands. He obeyed and at the same time said, "I am the town marshal." At this both men opened fire, the bullets entering his chest and stomach. As the suspects fled, Marshal Kaschmitter drew his revolver and fired several times.

Citizens attracted to the scene carried Marshal Kaschmitter to the home of a local doctor where he died two days later. A posse failed to locate the suspects.


  • Age 53
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, March 25, 1911
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Never identified

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I never got to know you and my dad was really too young to remember much about you, but we were all told about your heroism and death. I am very proud to call you Grandpa.

Mike Kaschmitter, Spencer IA

June 11, 2014

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