City Marshal Walter Meloan

City Marshal Walter Meloan

Clarksville Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, June 5, 1898

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Walter Meloan

City Marshal Walter Meloan was shot and killed as he was attempting to break up a fight on an excursion boat.

The boat had just arrived from Quincy, Illinois, with 300 passengers on board when a fight broke out between a man and a woman. As Marshal Meloan attempted to arrest the man, a shot was fired from within the crowd, which struck him in the back, killing him instantly.

Four suspects were arrested and confined in the local jail. That night an angry mob forcefully removed two of the suspects and hanged them from the nearest tree.


  • Age 32
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Not available

disturbance, fight call

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City Marshal Meloan,
On today, the 125th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Clarksville.


United States Border Patrol

June 5, 2023

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