Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

City Marshal Alphonso J. Wake

Rulo Police Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Saturday, October 27, 1900

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Reflections for City Marshal Alphonso J. Wake

Thank you 3x great grandpa
Just found about all this from an uncle

Rodney Brammer
3x great grandson

March 7, 2024

I have copies of the newspaper articles from the Falls City Journal and Falls City News about the murder of Town Marshal Wake. If you are interested, contact me at [email protected] and I will send them to you as email attachments. If anyone knows the geographic location of Kanaly's Saloon in Rulo, and his wife's name, I would appreciate that information. Thanks. JPG


July 7, 2022

Can one of the family members call me 402-454-5353 my name is Kraig with the rulo cemetery board thanks

Kraig Coonce Rulo Cemetery
Rulo Cemetery

August 30, 2021

Marshal Wake,
On today, the 120th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rulo. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 27, 2020

I was told years ago of an ancestor who was a Nebraska lawman, who had been gunned down.

After much research, I finally found you...

My mother's name is Sharon Lou Wake, daughter of Albert Irvin "Bud" Wake (April 30, 1913 ~ April 5th, 1978) & Twanda Faye Worlein (October 7th, 1924 ~ March 29th, 2010).

Thank you for your service
God Bless & RIP

Eric VanDyke
2X Great Grandson

August 30, 2019

Thank you to Rulo, Ne Cemetery Member Craig for Honoring My 6 th Generation grandfather Marshal Alfonso's Wake with a new tombstone. It's a very good thing I have his Harmonica he has played back when he was a cop. It was handed down to me from his son William H Wake and wife Mary Lavina Narence, then handed down to his Granddaughter Edith May Wake one of 4 granddaughters which was handed down to me in 1980 kept in a safe for 40 years until now. I am honored that my Great Grandmother Edith gave it to me 118 years after his death.

Sgt. Jeff Bailey
6th Generation Great Grandson

August 29, 2018

Rulo Cemetery Board, I’m Kraig with the Rulo Cemetery can one of the family members call me 402-454-5353 thanks

Rulo Cemetery

August 15, 2018

Rulo Cemetery Board, I’m Kraig with the Rulo Cemetery can one of the family members call me 402-454-5353 thanks

Rulo Cemetery

August 15, 2018

Thank you for your service sir.

Travis Wake
3X great grandson

June 21, 2018

Thanks for your service grandpa!!!

Tyler Wake
3x great grandson

July 15, 2014

The suspect's name was Wm "Bill" Hunt he was in John Kanaly's Saloon getting drunk with several others while a Democratic Party Political Rally was going on outside. Those in the Saloon were disturbing the rally. The saloon owner sent for the Marshall who came and asked the men to settle down and give those outside their day. Bill Hunt refused and Marshall Wake arrested him. While walking the suspect to the jail, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot twice, once in the mouth and the second in his left breast. Marshall Wake fell immediately and died. There was no one around and the area was dark at around 9:30pm, thinking he was not seen he went to a nearby ravine and threw his gun in it. Returning to the town the body just found and a crowd was surrounding the body. He began to ask what had happened, playing off his part in the killing. A fellow recognized him and as the guy that the Marshall was arresting and last seen with. He was arrested and hurriedly taken to Falls City jail. A group was trying to form a lynch mob to go after the suspect, but for lack of a clear leader, they did not. A trial commenced and Judge Stuhl sentenced Wm Hunt to life imprisonment.

This information was found in newspaper articles on the website there were several articles from papers throughout the United States.

Susan Harvey
2xgreat granddaughter

January 23, 2014

Alphonso Joseph Wake was my 2gr- grandfather. Thank you for honor his service.

Susan Townsend Harvey
2great granddaughter

May 11, 2013

thank-you for honoring my great-grandfather!

jeff bailey
great- grandson

February 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 109th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your sacrifice was made so many years ago. Evil was, is, and will be a part of life just as goodness such as yours will also be present.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 27, 2009

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 25, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

May 29, 2007

Thank you for your service Sir, you are being remembered today with much respect. A Hero, forever in our heart. As Memorial Day approaches I salute you. Rest in peace.

Carolyn Moore
Mother-in-law of: Sgt. Jeffrey Hewitt EOW 4-4-04
Buncombe County Sheriff's Dept. Asheville, N.C.

Carolyn Moore

May 24, 2007

Thank you Marshal Wake, Rest in Peace.

Fan of the Badge

May 24, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

May 23, 2007

Marshal Wake,
It has taken almost 107 years, but you are finally being honored. I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Rulo.



May 22, 2007

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace.

May 20, 2007

Thank you, sir, for your brave sacrifice and dedication!

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety (SC)

May 20, 2007

You died so that others may live. Rest in peace, we will take it from here.

A deputy

May 20, 2007



May 20, 2007

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