Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Thomas Logan

Nye County Sheriff's Office, Nevada

End of Watch Saturday, April 7, 1906

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Reflections for Sheriff Thomas Logan

Such a fine public servant !

John Bloodworth,Police Commissioner
Hazlehurst Police Dept., Georgia

May 14, 2023

Rest in Peace

A fellow copper
St. Louis Police Department

March 24, 2022

Around this time last year, prior to a trip to Nevada from Oregon my father told me about you. This lead to hours and hours of research and reading about your life and the legacy you left. Your bravery and dedication to justice and the safety of your people will never be forgotten. I promise to share your story with my children and let your memory live on. I am deeply honored to have you as an ancestor. Thank you for all that you have done.

With Love.

Athena Logan
Great Great Granddaugter

August 19, 2021

I have just completed Ms Boor's book about Thomas W. Logan, Sheriff of Nye County in early 1900's. It is a fascinating read and I recommend it to all who are intrigued by Nevada history, early Western law and justice, or in the case of Tom, injustice. Ms Boor's information is very well researched. The reader will find that many of the familiar important names in our State's history, whom we long have been taught were honorable and deserving of our respect, may require a second serious look and a more comprehensive rewrite in the Nevada history books used in our schools.

For the law enforcement officer of today, the man Thomas W. Logan, served as an exemplary role model. His priorities were to serve the people, to create a fair and just legal system where non existed prior, and to at all times recognize the value of each human life, even at the risk of losing your own.

K.E. Cantwell, Native Nevadan
Private citizen

July 12, 2014

Quite by chance, on the 108th anniversary of Sheriff Logan's End of Watch, the book I'd been writing for years about his life arrived on my doorstep. "LOGAN: The Honorable Life and Scandalous Death of a Western Lawman," chronicles the dramatic events surrounding his death on April 7, 1906. Dressed only in a nightshirt and unarmed, the father of eight children, he was shot five times after ejecting an unruly gambler from the Jewel, a house of ill-fame in Manhattan, Nevada. Surprisingly, three months later his once-doomed killer was acquitted. Born in Washoe County, Nevada, in 1861, Sheriff Logan helped early Tonopah earn its reputation as being one of the most peaceable boomtowns in history. During that time, his life became entwined with many fascinating characters, including Jim Butler, Jack Longstreet, Tasker Oddie, John Sparks, Judge Peter Breen, “Diamondfield Jack” Davis, the Pittman brothers, George Wingfield, and future U.S. Senator, Patrick McCarran. With nearly 100 photos and maps, and more than a dozen period poems, “LOGAN is Nevada history at its best,” states former state archivist Guy Rocha. “….but Logan’s great-granddaughter has given the reader something more. Her rigorous research and engaging writing underscore her personal odyssey to find the truth for generations of her family confused and haunted by Logan’s controversial and untimely demise.”

I have proudly dedicated the Sheriff Tom Logan story to the families and descendants of fallen peace officers. We are one in our struggle, our healing, and our triumph.

Jackie Boor, Author

April 23, 2014

If they had decent laws and representation back then Logan's killer would never have been acquitted and witnesses would not have mysteriously disappeared. I am ashamed of our state for naming roads, buildings and allowing such a man to represent our state and for representing a murderer.

Non descendant, but historian

February 11, 2014

Small factoid about my great uncle Thomas and his brother Frank (my great grand father) who was also the county Sherrif and later a Deputy USMarshall when Tom was town Sherrif. Apparently Wyatt Earp was proprietor of a small tavern-sporting establishment , bit got instead and fleeced by a patron in a difference establishment. Earp went for his gun but Tom,(with Frank and George Logan as back up were able to calm him down and vet Earp home without bloodshed. Given Earp's reputation and temper, this could only have occurred safely via a prior acquaintanceship and friendly cooperation.

Brent Nielsen
great grandson Frank Logan

March 4, 2013

On May 28, 2011, Nye County, Nevada, Sheriff Tony DeMeo awarded posthumously to Sheriff Thomas Logan: 1) The Purple Heart for injuries suffered at the hands of an armed suspect and, 2) The Medal of Valor for his resolve to his Oath of Office -- after being mortally wounded, he not only subdued an armed suspect, through his actions he safeguarded the suspect from possible serious harm or death by an armed and angry crowd who witnessed the shooting of the County Sheriff.

Jackie Boor
Great Granddaughter

February 15, 2012

During Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29, 2011, some 20 descendants of Sheriff Tom Logan will participate as grand marshals in the 41st Annual Jim Butler Days parade. We will be in Tonopah to also celebrate Sheriff Logan's 150th birthday by gathering at the Old Tonopah Cemetery and casting handfuls of soil from our hometowns onto his gravesite. The current Nye County Sheriff, Tony DeMeo, will speak along with others to express our appreciation for Tom Logan's dedication to law and order during the turbulent turn of the century years in Central Nevada (1899-1906).

Nye County Commissioner in 1906, William T. Cuddy called Logan a man in a thousand.absolutely fearless and his only fault was that he was too kind-hearted for his own good. I have known him many a time to take his life in his hand and force his way to the very center of some impending broil, with no thought of himself, but with only a desire to stop the trouble before bloodshed ensured.

Jackie Boor
Great Granddaughter

May 23, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 103rd 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

How wonderful that descendants remember you and your legacy and how some of them have followed in your footsteps of serving and protecting.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 7, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 7, 2008

Dear Sheriff Logan,

It has now been 101 years since you lost your life. Recently, I found myself pouring over all the news articles, court transcripts, photos and letters I've collected related to what was at the time a most consuming and tragic event in Nevada history. Again, I was reminded of your courage and of your superior dedication to public safety and keeping the peace. Please know that on this day, one of your great grandchildren remembered the man an era poet described as a "martyr to duty." My son bears your name and my heart will always carry your memory.

Jackie Boor

May 19, 2007

Dear Tom Logan,
I know quite a bit about you and I greatly admire you. I researched your life and times at the Nevada State Library through micro fishe of newspaper articles of the day. Your daughter, Amy Lucille Logan Darrough told me great stories about you,and I truly wish I could have met you. All of the articles in the Tonopah Daily Sun and the Beatty Bullfrog depicted you as an extremely brave, compentent law enforcement officer. Everybody seemed to like and respect you, and you had the largest funeral the state of Nevada had seen up to that date. I have the Regulator clock that was in your office--it still keeps perfect time, and I have your solid silver sheriff's badge. They will be safe in my stewardship and I will pass them along as family heirlooms to keep your legacy alive.
Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice to keep the peace in Nevada.
I am proud to be your great grandson!

Jim Darrough

Jim Darrough Technical Reserve deputy
Douglas County Nevada Sheriff Department

February 22, 2006

I found out last night that you are the Great Grandfather of my cousins. Small world and amazing how some lives follow parallel to each other. Rest in peace Brother Thomas, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept.

June 17, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

Sheriff Logan, you are remembered on this date of your death. You will always be remembered.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

Sheriff Logan many years have passed but that does not deminish your sacrifice to duty and "holding the thin blue line" even before it was called the "thin blue line". 09/24/2003

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

September 24, 2003

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