Town Marshal Wilbur "Boss" Bias

Town Marshal Wilbur "Boss" Bias

Proctorville Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Tuesday, July 23, 1935

Wilbur "Boss" Bias

Marshal Boss Bias was shot and killed by one of the town's former deputy marshals who had recently been released from prison. The former deputy marshal and the town's former marshal had both been arrested by federal prohibition agents and convicted of prohibition charges.

Upon the deputy marshal's release he and Marshal Bias had several encounters and disagreements. On the night of July 23, 1935, the former deputy marshal and two other men shot at Marshal Bias as they drove past him. Marshal Bias pursued them a short distance until the other vehicle stopped. As he exited his police car the three suspects opened fire, killing him.

All three men were arrested and charged with Marshal Bias' murder. Two were convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to 1 to 20 years.

Marshal Bias was survived by his wife and children.


  • Age 49
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 to 20 years

Most Recent Reflection

View all 3 Reflections

I am very proud to say that I am the great grandson of William Wilbur "Boss" Bias. At age 70, I have been inspired my entire life by his selfless actions in defense of his friends, neighbors and the citizens of Proctorville, Ohio.

My mother, Marshal Bias's granddaughter, was spending the night with her grandparent's on July 23, 1935 and they were having dinner when he received a "Disturbance" call.

Assuming his responsibility as Town Marshal, he immediately responded to the call. The results of he response are accurately reported above.

One of my most cherished life possessions is the badge my great grandfather was wearing the night he died. The badge was given to me by his daughter, my grandmother, Ruth Bias Edwards.

My great grandfather's action and courage were always close in mind during my own service as a United States Army, Special Forces officer. My hope was always that I could respond as courageously as the man I knew about, but was never fortunate enough to meet.

My deep and sincere thanks to Chief Bill Murphy, the current Police Chief of Proctorville, for his efforts to create this posting on the Officer Down Memorial.

Very sincerely and with great respect,
Thomas A. (Tom) Ross
Atlanta, Georgia

Former Major, US Army Special Forces
Great Grandson

October 19, 2015

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.