Sheriff George Brooker

Sheriff George Brooker

Mason County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

End of Watch Thursday, December 13, 1894

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George Brooker

Sheriff George Brooker succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three days earlier while attempting to serve an arrest warrant on a man who had made threats.

The man was living in a floating cabin on Quiver Lake and had threatened the life of a farmer who owned the adjacent land. Fearing for his life, the farmer swore out a warrant for the man.

As Sheriff Brooker attempted to serve the warrant the man ordered him to stay away from the cabin. Sheriff Brooker tried to calm the man down as he advanced, but as he stepped onto the plank connecting the cabin to the shore the man fired two blasts from his double-barreled shotgun. Both blasts struck Sheriff Brooker in the abdomen, causing a fatal wound.

Sheriff Brooker's younger brother A.A. Brooker, who served as a deputy, arrested the subject and charged him with Sheriff Brooker's murder. On August 15, 1895, the suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to 25 years.

Sheriff Brooker had served as sheriff for four years, from 1886-1890, and had just started the first year of his second term. He had previously served as the city marshal of Mason City and of Havana. He was survived by his wife and two grown children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 10, 1894
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to 25 years

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Sheriff Brooker,
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 Mason County.


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December 13, 2019

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