News: Owen – Town Marshal Shot (1912)

Transcriber: stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Griffin, Petke

---------Source: Lemmon Herald, Lemmon, S.D. (2 Aug 1912)

Stanley, Wisconsin, Aug. 1, 1912 – Fred Griffin, Town Marshal of Owen, Wisconsin, was shot and probably fatally wounded by three highwaymen just after he had place them under arrest for holding up Henry Petke of Withee, Wisconsin.

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News: Owen – Griffin Killer Commits Suicide (1912)

Transcriber: stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org 

Surnames: Griffin, Jackson, Jacobson, Strong

---------Source: Wauwatosa News, Wauwatosa, Wis. (01 Nov 1912)

Eau Claire – An old bottle, a short penciled note and a .32 caliber revolver cartridge constitute the basis of the second Eau Claire bottle mystery in a month. The bottle was found in the Chippewa River. The note says:

“Because I murdered sheriff of Owen my body will never find.” Under the word sheriff was a word which looked like Korn or Knox.

On the other side was written:

“To Whom it May Concern – I committed suicide at the Chippewa Dam on August 5.”

The signature was blurred and barely legible. It looks like Tony Jackson or Tony Jacobson, and after the name was written: “Stevens Point.”

On August 1, 1912 Constable Griffin, Owen, Wisconsin, was shot and fatally wounded by a trio whom he sought to arrest. The three escaped. Later two, supposed to be of the trio, were seen at Eau Claire.

About a month ago another bottle was found in the river. A note bore the name of Elmer K. Strong, Stevens Point, who said he had escaped from the Waukesha Industrial School.

 

 


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