Police Biographies


Appointed Marshal on March 10, 1855
Served until November 2, 1855

On March 10, 1855 Jonathan Ackerman was appointed Marshal for the unexpired term of J A Breyfogle. On April 20, 1855, he was appointed Marshal for the ensuing year. On November 2, James Wilson who was elected the new Marshal defeated him.

Records show a Jonathan Ackerman married Elizabeth L. Bogan on January 7, 1838. Oak Grove Cemetery records show a Jonathan Ackerman, died on May 20, 1895, at 83 years of age. He was born in the state of New York.


Appointed Deputy Marshal in April of 1868
Discharged August 5, 1868

Hosea Alexander was duly appointed, by Council, as Deputy Marshal for the year beginning April 1868. Council notes of August 5, 1868, state “Services of H. Alexander as Deputy Marshal, be dispensed with and that the recorder notify him of the actions of Council”. Further, “On motion, Mayor and Recorder confer with Thomas Burroughs to employ him as Deputy Marshal for wages not exceeding $1.75 per day.” During the Civil War he served 3 years and 3 months in Co. I, OVI. He was wounded at Spotsylvania C H (VA) in May of 1864. He had a brother, George, and a sister Cecelia Anderson. Oak Grove records show a Hosea William Alexander, died on June 14, 1898, at the age of 54. He died in Indianapolis Indiana of cancer. His occupation was listed as a survey man. He served with Co. I, 4th OVI. He was buried in lot 48, Walnut Hill section of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed Patrolman February 16, 1953
Appointed Sgt April 16, 1973
Retired on April 16, 1979

Mr. Amato was born in Marion, Ohio, on November 27, 1923, the son of Joseph and Lottie (Hilderth) Amato. For some time he was employed at Correct Manufacturing in Delaware. He married Mary Alice Hartsough. He was appointed to the Police Department on February 16, 1953, and served as a patrolman. He was an outstanding and caring individual, who always looked out for the person who was down and out. He was promoted to Sergeant on April 16, 1973, a position, which he held until retirement. When he announced his retirement, he wanted it kept secret, so no one would plan a retirement party. On April 16, 1979, he quietly retired and started restoring old property. He always wanted to write a book about Delaware and call it “The Crossroad To Nowhere”. It may have been a best seller.


Appointed Policeman May 1, 1915
Appointed Chief of Police on June 1, 1930
Retired on July 1, 1942

Mr. Amrine was born in Union County on May 3, 1881, the son of Frank O. and Elizabeth Amrine. His family moved to Delaware in 1891 when he was 10 years old. The 1899 City Directory listed Mr. Amrine as a boarder at 210 E. Central Ave. and being employed as a teamster.

Mr. Amrine became a member of the Delaware Fire Department in 1895, and in 1915 he transferred to the Police Department. After the retirement of Chief Spaulding in 1930, Mr Amrine was appointed Chief of Police. He served in this capacity until he retired on July 1, 1942. After his retirement he worked as a doorman at the Eagles Lodge, where he was a member for 50 years.

Mr. Amrine received a monthly pension of $93.74, which equaled 66% of his last pay. In September of 1947 this was increased to $100 per month. After his death in December of 1954, his wife Eva started receiving a widow’s pension in the amount of $60 per month.

He and Eva lived at 742 N Sandusky St. He died at 2 AM December 2, 1954, while a patient at the Delaware Osteopathic Hospital. Mr Amrine was buried at Green Mound Cemetery in Kilbourne, Ohio.


Elected Marshal on April 4, 1874

John A. Anderson was elected Marshal on April 4, 1874 and served in that position until May 1, 1876. In 1875, Marshal Anderson lived at 47 Franklin St. He married Sarah A. Stephens in 1865. They had at least one son, John Lewis Anderson,  born in 1868. John Lewis later served as Mayor of Delaware, and as the Delaware County Treasure. John A. Anderson was born 1839, the son of Alexander Anderson. He died in 1884 at the age of 45. His wife A. Sarah (or Sarah A.) died March 2, 1912 at the age of 73 and John Lewis died September 1, 1935 at the age of 67. All three are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery on lot 10 in The Shades section. During the Civil War he served as a 1st Lt. with the 187th OVI. His company reported at Nashville on March 3, 1865 and was sent on to Dalton and Kingston, GA. to receive 2000 Confederate prisoners. He was mustered out on January 20, 1866.


Appointed Patrolman on May 22, 1957
Resigned on May 31, 1960

Born in Delaware, Ohio on March 6, 1935, the son of William H. and Gladys Andrews. He married Sandy Jervis and had six children (4 girls and 2 boys). He was appointed to the Police Department on May 22, 1957. After resigning from the Police Department, he went to work for General Motors. Upon retirement from GM, he moved to Tennessee.


Appointed Special Policeman on June 8, 1939
Appointed Patrolman March 21, 1952

Mr. Banks was born in Delaware, May 4, 1917, the son of Walter and Carrie (Morgan) Banks. He attended Delaware High School, where he excelled in athletics and set some records which stood for many years. On June 8, 1939, Mr. Banks was appointed Special Policeman to walk the south side four hours a day. Mr Banks tried to take the civil service test for Patrolman, on September 26, 1940, but was rejected because he was under the age limit (age limit was 25 – 35).

World War II came along and Mr. Banks enlisted in the US Army on May 1, 1942, where he served for the duration of the war. Mr. Banks returned to the Police Department on March 1, 1946, and continued his duties as they were prior to his enlistment.

On March 15, 1946, another civil service test for Patrolman was held. Mr. Banks took this test and attained a score of 112.20%, the second place score was 92.10% and third place was 90.15%. All three names were submitted to the Safety Director, but none were appointed. Mr. Banks did not participate in either of the test given on November 10, 1948, May 11, 1950 June 12, 1951, even though these tests did result in some appointments. During all this time Mr. Banks continued to serve as a Special Policeman in south Delaware.

On March 20, 1952, The Civil Service Commission of Delaware, Ohio, received a letter from then Safety Director William S. Jolliffe, the Mayor, the Chief of Police and six members of the Police Department apparently complaining about the injustice. On March 21, 1952, Mr. Banks was appointed Patrolman. Why it took so long is anybodies guess. But, having worked with Officer Banks for 16 years, I can attest to the fact that he was an excellent policeman and human being.

Mr. Banks never married. He lived at 72 High St. beside his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Lester Hill and their family. He owned and operated a small neighborhood grocery store across the street from his home. When people didn’t have any money they put their groceries on the tab.

When Officer Banks failed to report for work on October 6, 1970, two of his fellow officers went to his home and found he had passed away while in the process of donning his uniform. Officer Banks is buried in the Northside Singles section of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed on May 9, 1979

Officer Bauer was born March 16, 1956, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Robert James and Dorothy Marie (Ackerman) Bauer. He graduated from Millbury Lake High School in 1974, and Bowling Green State University in 1979. He and his wife, Susan Rebecca Huber, moved to Delaware in 1979, when he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department. They had two children, Melissa Marie born January 25, 1984, and Matthew James born March 11, 1987.


Appointed December 2, 1970
Retired in April 1988
Appointed Police Dispatcher in April 1988

Mr Bennett was born in Delaware on April 18, 1942, the son of Orville F. and Mary V. (Brokaw) Bennett. He was raised in south Delaware where he attended Woodward Elementary School and graduated from Willis High School. After serving eight years in the US Air Force, he worked in local factories for some time until he was appointed to the police department on December 2, 1970. Officer Bennett served as a patrol officer in addition to being the Police Reserve coordinator and firearms instructor/range officer for about 12 years. His interest in scouting earned him the position of Law Enforcement Post Advisor from 1983 through 1987. The Jaycees selected him as the Outstanding Young Law Officer in the early 1970’s.

Mr. Bennett married Carol Elizabeth Lobdell and they had several children. He was active in civic groups such as Delaware Vet’s Service Commission, Delaware Art Guild, Strategic Planning Commission, Adult leader in the Boy Scouts, Disabled American Vets, Cub Scouts, Explorer Scout leader (Law Enforcement), East Side Park Committee and the NRA.

In April 1988, he retired on a disability pension and was hired as a civilian Police Radio Dispatcher. During this time he also attended school, working toward a degree in computer science.

In 1991, Bennett was appointed Delaware County Veterans Administrator.


Appointed Police Chief November 16, 2001
Resigned June 30, 2004

Linda Black was the first Police Chief selected from a nationwide search. She came to Delaware after serving 21 years on the Evanston Illinois Police Department where she served as a lieutenant for the past five years and a sergeant in personnel and planning for seven years. She is a native of Ostrander, Ohio where her parents, Bill and Myrtie Black, owned and operated the Mill Creek Golf Course. In 1963 she graduated from Scioto Valley High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in management from National Louis University in Wheaton, Ill. She also attended other law enforcement training at Northwestern University.


Appointed Policeman April 19, 1897

The 1899 City Directory listed Mr. Bogan as a policeman, boarding at 13 Ross St.

Miles Bogan died June 1, 1901, at 60 years of age. He was buried on lot 38 Meadow section of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed April 16, 1966
Appointed Sergeant April 16, 1973
Resigned April 16, 1974

Mr. Borden was born April 3, 1944, in Delaware, Ohio, the son of Melvin and Gertrude M. (Hannah) Borden. He married Toni Ackley on June 18, 1965.

Officer Borden seemed to have something about the 16th of April. He was appointed to the department on April 16, 1966, promoted to Sergeant on April 16, 1973 and resigned on April 16, 1974.

After his resignation, Mr. Borden moved to Sarasota, Florida and joined the sheriffs department.


Appointed Deputy Marshal on May 21, 1888
Resigned April 22, 1889

Oak Grove records show a David Bowers born in 1851, and died on February 23, 1920. His occupation was listed as a minister. He was buried on lot 12 of Riverside section.


Appointed on Oct 2, 1876

Mr. F. Bowman was appointed on October 2, 1876. He worked four days at $1 per day


Appointed January 15,1973
Appointed Sgt in 1978
Appointed Captain January 17, 1979
Resigned September 11, 1979

Born 1948. . Bowman graduated from Jackson, Ohio high school in 1965. He served four years in the US Air Force between 1966 and 1970 serving in the Philippines, Japan and Vietnam. He maintained his military status in the Ohio Air National Guard.

Officer Bowman attended Ohio University and worked for the Jackson, Ohio, Police Department prior to being appointed to the Delaware Police Department. He rose to the rank of Sergeant in 1978, after only five years of service and was appointed Captain the following year. However, later that year he resigned, possibly from the pressure of being promoted to fast. He lived on Vaughn Rd. with his wife Sharon and his son, John Jr.


Appointed February 4, 1980
Retired 2004

Officer Boysel was born in Franklin County, Ohio, on March 26, 1955, the son of Willis and Tessie (Curtis) Boysel. He attended Woodward Elementary, Willis Junior High and Hayes High School. Prior to becoming a Delaware Police Officer, he was a Military Policeman with the US Army at Fort Lee, Virginia. He married Jane Ellen Bell.

Mr. Boysel is a member of Masonic Lodge #18 and FOP Lodge #56.


The 1899 City Directory lists Mr. Breyfogle as a policeman living at 279 S. Sandusky St. In 1906 he was a court bailiff, living at 236 S. Franklin St. with his wife Mary. In 1909, he was listed as a Township Trustee at the same address. Mr. Breyfogle married Mary Littick on September 15, 1859.


Appointed Marshal on April 21, 1854
Appointed Deputy Marshal in 1865

Israel Breyfogle was appointed Marshal in 1854, at the salary of $200 per year.

Council records of April 21, 1854, show Israel Breyfogle appointed Marshal and Assistant Engineer. For the latter position he receive $100 per annum. On November 16, Marshal Breyfogle ask for extra allowance for additional duties performed during the prevalence of cholera and other duties at the Market house. On November 24, Israel Breyfogle was paid $6 for 4 days services as Fire Warden while J. D. Breyfogle was paid $13 as part pay on Marshals salary.

The 1859 City Directory lists Mr. Breyfogle as a carpenter & joiner, living on Franklin St. south of the railroad. Mr. Breyfogles wife’s name was Eliz. He was also a Deacon in the First Reform Church and had served as a Sergeant with Co. “D” 145 OVI. He was mustered out on August 23, 1864. He was reported as living in Kansas after the war.


Appointed Marshal in November 1854
Dismissed March 10, 1855

Council records of November 24, 1854, show J. D. Breyfogle received $13 as part pay on Marshals salary. On December 1, Council recommended extra allowance of $100 for one year.

Council notes of March 10, 1855 read as follows:

Resolved: That for the cause of Dissipation and Negligence, the present Marshal J D Breyfogle be and he is hereby removed from his office as Marshal of the Incorporated Village of Delaware from and after this date.

Joshua D. Breyfogle was married to Mary Reynolds on July 22, 1838. The 1859 City Directory lists J.D. Breyfogle as a tailor at M. Duvalls – Sandusky and Franklin Sts.


Appointed June 7, 1954
Appointed Captain October 26, 1968
Appointed Chief of Police August 15, 1972
Retired June 12, 1984

Mr. Browning was born in Delaware on May 16, 1932, the son of Walter and Irma (Wilt) Browning. He graduated from Willis High School in 1950 and enlisted in the US Air Force. After being trained in aircraft welding, he was stationed at Kimpo Air Base in Korea. There he was promoted to the rank of S/Sgt. After being discharged in August of 1953, he tried his hand at factory work, but soon realized that was not for him. He was appointed to the Police Department on June 7, 1954. 

In October of 1968, Mr. Browning and three other officers were promoted to the rank of Captain. All Captains were assigned a shift to command. The forth Captain worked the swing shift, which meant they would work the other’s days off.

Captain Browning was appointed Chief of Police on August 15, 1972.  He initiated many changes in the department. In combination with the changes, the City Hall was being remodeled at a cost of nearly $400,000. This remodeling increased the office space of the Police Department ten fold, and elevated it from one crowded, cluttered room, to a well laid out modern facility.

Some other changes included hiring five additional officers, changing uniforms and equipment to be more functional, initiating a detective division, creating a Police Community Service Office, establishing line level supervision in the form of Police Sergeants and initiating new recruitment and testing procedures. The latter included recruiting college campuses and minority recruiting. Testing included the use of job related examinations and psychological testing for all employees.

The federal government was providing the state with large blocks of money to fight crime. Over the next several years Chief Browning wrote grants for and administer funds in excess of $1,300,000, at a cost to the City of about 5 cents on the dollar. These funds were used to update some weapons, establish and equip a crime lab, purchase new police radio equipment for every department within the county, provide some office and TV equipment, operation of the Police Community Service Division, train officers, and even money to do a feasibility study on a joint city county justice facility, among other things.

In August of 1973, one year after becoming Chief, Browning coordinated and lead an under cover drug operation which netted 300 lb of marijuana. This was an enormous amount for a small rural city to uncover so early in the drug epidemic. This was to be his last fling in police investigations, from there on it was all administrative. In 1974, Chief Browning graduated from the FBI National Academy, and early the next year received a BA from Columbia College.

After 30 years of service with the Police Department, he retired on June 12, 1984. In 1986, he accepted the position of Assistant City Manager.

He married Linda L. Moodespaugh. He had three children Diana J., Carol S. and Timothy W., and four grandchildren. He is a member of the FOP, Delaware County Historical Society and a member of the Oak Grove Cemetery Board.


Appointed Deputy Marshal May 21, 1888

Apparently, Mr. Callahan was reappointed each year under Marshal Patrick S. English and served continuously until April 19, 1897, when Marshal Vogt was elected.


Appointed Policeman April 19, 1897

He was married to Sarah C. Snyder, who died in July 1899. Mrs. Carl was born in 1858. Her parents Mr. & Mrs. Jacob Snyder, lived in Omaha, NE at the time of her death. Officer Carl and his wife lived on Renner St. and had children, George, William and Clark Carl.


Appointed in March 1960
Appointed Captain November 7, 1968
Disability Retirement in July 1970

Mr. Carson was born in Greene County, Ohio, on October 12, 1933, the son of Howard and Florence Carson. He graduated from Fairfield High School in 1957. After high school, Mr. Carson worked a short time as a Deputy Sheriff in Highland County, Ohio. Later in 1957, he was appointed County Game Protector. This position filled two of his aspirations, that of outdoorsman and law enforcement. He continued in this occupation until he was appointed Delaware Police Officer in March of 1960.

Officer Carson served the department in various capacities, often working investigation and photography assignments. He was injured while driving a police cruiser, in a accident involving a highway patrol cruiser on December 25, 1965. In November 1968, he was appointed Captain and served in that capacity until July 1970, when he was retired on disability.

After retirement, he served as the Administrator for the Delaware County Child Support Bureau from 1970 to 1973. At that time he decided to continue his education at Marion Technical College. After graduating in 1978, he became an Instructor at Marion Technical College. He received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1981, and was promoted to Director of Information Technologies in 1982. His desire for education still not appeased, he received his M.S. in Administration in 1988, and was promoted to Dean of Business Technologies in 1989.

He and his wife, Elizabeth Jane, had four children, Robert Allen, Ralph Lewis, Catherine Marie and Vicki Lynn.


Appointed Marshal April 6, 1860

Served as Marshal until 1864

Appointed Deputy Marshal in December 1883

Appointed to Fire Department March 25, 1884

William H. Case was born February 12, 1818, in Licking County. He was the son of Augustus Case, who was born in Connecticut and came to Washington County, Ohio, in 1800, being among the first settlers. William Case remained a resident of Licking County until about 1832, when he and his parents moved to Liberty Township in Delaware County. From there he moved to Concord Township and engaged in farming. Mr. Case was a resident of Union County from 1843 to 1855, when he came to Delaware. For some time he carried the US Mail from Delaware to Tiffin, Ohio. Later he entered the livery and sale stable business and was extensively involved in breeding Norman and Clydesdale horses.

On April 6, 1860, Mr Case was appointed Marshal at an annual salary of $300 per year. He was reappointed each year until 1884.

Council notes of May 4, 1863, shows Mr. Case was appointed Marshal by a 5 to 2 vote over Mr E. C. Vining. In May of 1864, Mr. Case lost to Mr E. C. Vining. However the following year, 1865, Mr. Case was again appointed Marshal over Mr. Vining and held the position until 1887, when Joseph Wells defeated him. In 1883, Mr. Case was appointed Deputy Marshal under Marshal William J. Davis. On March 25, 1884, Mr. Case was appointed driver of hose wagon for the Fire Department. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Lodge. During his term as Marshal he laid out the City Park. He lived on the corner of William and Union Streets. He had a son and a daughter.

Oak Grove records list a William Hunter Case, dying on March 11, 1899 at the age of 81 years and 39 days. He was buried on lot 10, in the Meadow section.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 21, 1888

Served until 1896

The 1870 Delaware County census lists a John Caseman, age 33 and Anna Caseman, age 28, living in Delaware Township.


Worked vacations only in 1940 and 1941

Appointed February 16, 1942

Retired in November 1966

Mr. Chapman was born in Hyatts, Ohio, on August 19, 1914, the son of John and Essie Chapman. He spent his youth in Hyatts and graduated from Hyatts High School. After graduation, he worked a short time on the railroad before joining the Police Department.

During the summers of 1940 and 1941, he worked at the police department while the regular officers took their vacations. In February of 1942, a vacancy opened and he appointed to fill the position. While working as a patrol officer, he developed many friendships and was well liked by everyone. For years he worked the worst possible schedule. When an officer had a day off (which was one day a week), he would work the shift in their place. This meant that he would work the 3rd shift one day, come back on the 2nd shift, then on the 1st shift. Many days he had 8 hours between shifts and on a lot of occasions, he worked 16 hours straight. During his time off he could be found either fishing or playing cards, both of which he loved. He also was an avid coin collector, so he often volunteered to sort and wrap the parking meter money. (This just gave him an excellent opportunity to find collectable coins.)

Mr. Chapman was married several times and had a daughter, Roberta Lee. He was a member of the Elks Lodge. Mr. Chapman died on December 1, 1968, and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, on lot 143 in the Heritage Ht. section.



Served as Special Police 1872-74

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists a Alexander B. Cleveland living in Marabough Township. Mr. Cleveland married Catherine (or Cassie) A. Hinten on June 15, 1865. During the Civil War he served as a Private with Battery H, 5th US Artillery.



Appointed Marshal from April, 1868

Appointed Marshal by vote of Council. Paid $2.00 for a day and night exclusive of legal fees. On April 20, 1869, Mr. Cochran was again appointed Marshal. This time his wages were $27 per month, for not less than one half his time, exclusive of his legal fees.


Appointed January 15, 1973

Resigned November 15, 1974

The son of Mose and Irene (Smith) Collier. Mr. Collier came to Delaware from Garfield Heights, Ohio, where he had worked the two previous years for the Cuyahoga Sheriff Department.



Appointed Traffic Officer May 15, 1936

Resigned February 1, 1942

Mr. Coover was born in Delaware, on June 8, 1910, the son of McKenzie C. Coover. On May 15, 1936, after receiving top score on a Civil Service Examination, Mr. Coover was appointed Motorcycle Officer for the Delaware Police Department. He served in this capacity several years. As rumor has it, he spent a portion of his time hanging out at the “Linco” service station, located at either Lake & Central or 50 S. Sandusky St. At any rate, he acquired the nickname of “Linco Lewie”, a name that the old timers know him by to this day. On February 1, 1942, Mr. Coover resigned from the Police Department. According to his son, Richard Coover, he took a job as a guard in a defense plant in Elyria, Ohio.

While a policeman, Mr. Coover, and his wife, Helen E., lived at 232 N. Sandusky Street. They had two children, Richard and Betty. By 1946, he was remarried to Jean E., and lived at 184 S. Franklin St., and his occupation was a repairman. In the early 1950’s, he took a job as an attendant at Ames Sunoco at the corner of Park & Sandusky St. Soon thereafter, he became the parts manager for the Keefer Chevrolet Garage at 199 S. Sandusky St. He remained at Keefers until about 1962, when he and his wife moved to Bradenton, Florida. Mr. Coovers father, McKenzie C. Coover, died in Bradenton on May 27, 1962. This may have had something to do with their moving to Florida.

An acquaintance of the Coovers, said that Lewis and his wife ran a camp for girls for some time and later he took a job driving a milk truck. He and Jean had two children, a daughter, Jean, and a son Sam. Mr. Coover died on November 8, 1978.


Appointed April 1, 1989

Resigned June 5, 1990

Born in Parma, Ohio, September 28, 1966, the son of Bruce W. and Patricia A. Coppernoll.

Mr. Coppernoll attended Marietta High School, Hocking Technical College and Ohio University. Prior to becoming a Delaware Police Officer, he lived in Marietta, Ohio, where he was a student and part time bank teller. He also spent six years with the Reno Volunteer Fire Department.


Appointed January 15, 1973

Officer Courter was born in Delaware, on November 30, 1946, the son of Ralph E. and Rachel E. (Conklin) Courter. He attended Delaware City Schools and Ohio State Barber College.

For some time Mr. Courter was employed as a barber, but due to his desire to be outside and make a little more money, he applied for and was hired as a Delaware County Deputy Sheriff. He served in this position for about 5 years, until he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department. He served as a patrol officer and a detective. 

Officer Courter was an avid sports fan, he watched ALL sports and participated in many. On his off duty time, if he wasn’t working a basketball or softball game, he had a golf bag hanging over his rather large shoulder.

He married Carol S. Osward, and they had two sons. Carol was as much of a gardener as he was a sports fan. Their yard was always full of beautiful flowers.



Appointed Special Police 1877

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists a William Craig, age 21, and living in Delaware Township.



Special Police 1877

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists C. D. Crawford, age 24, a resident of Scioto Township. The 1899 City Directory lists a Charles D. Crawford at 151 N. Union Street. He worked as a horseshoer & repair at 52 E. Winter Street. The 1905-06 Directory lists C.D. Crawford and his wife, Fredrica, as the manager of Greenwood Lake, also as his residence. The 1908-09 Directory listed the same information except; it listed his home as 30 N. Franklin Street.

Oak Grove records show C.D. Crawford died on February 10, 1914, at the age of 67. He is buried on lot 34 in Lake Ridge section. His residence at death was Logansport, Ind. His wife Frederica, died on September 25, 1932, at the age of 79 years 9 months and 9 days. Her residence at death was Lebanon, and she is buried on the same lot. During the Civil War, Mr. Crawford served as a Private, Co. E, 145th OVI.



Appointed Marshal in 1852

Reappointed Marshal in 1853

Sheriff Delaware County 1872 – 1873

Council records show that Mr. Crawford was paid for the six months ending December 12, 1852, the sum of $62.50. Also an Ordinance – that the Marshal be allowed an addition of $25 provided he continues to discharge his duties of Marshal till April 1, 1853. (Would have been $125 per year)

Marshal J. H. Crawford was paid a salary for December 18, 1852 to April 1, 1853 – $35

Paid Marshal’s salary for one quarter, April 1, 1853 to July 1, 1853 – $50.

At this time Council set the salary of Marshal at $200 per annum starting April 1, 1853.

On April 14,1854, Joseph H. Crawford was appointed Marshal for $200 per year, to be paid quarterly. Also, he was appointed Assistant Engineer for $150 per year. One week later he refused to serve and Israel Breyfogle was appointed to these positions. (However, Marshal Breyfogle was only paid $200 as Marshal and $100 as Assistant Engineer.) Mr. Crawford was a clerk for Delaware Township in 1879.

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists a Joseph Crawford (age 52), Mary Crawford (age 51) and William Crawford (age 16), living in Delaware Township. Oak Grove records list a Joseph H. Crawford buried on lot 12, Elmwood section.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 4, 1874

Served until 1875

The Ashley Cemetery records list a George M. Coomer. He was born in Indiana on April 2, 1848. He died on May 6, 1833, at the age of 85, a resident of the Delaware County Home.



Appointed Deputy Marshal November 1, 1886

Served until August 8, 1887

The 1899 City Directory lists Mr. Cullins living at 249 N. Union St. In 1906 he was listed as a sanitary policeman, living at 24 N. Union St. with his wife Sarah. In 1909 he was retired, living with his wife at 293 S. Sandusky St. During the Civil War he was a color Sgt., then promoted to 1st Lt., Co. C, 121 OVI, serving in Kentucky, Chattanooga, in 1864 was with Sherman’s “March to the Sea” and in 1865 was part of the Carolina Campaign. Oak Grove records show Henry B. Cullins died April 11, 1914, at the age of 76. Also listed is Sarah Cullins, dying May 18, 1937, at the age of 88. She is buried in Sylvanside. Oak Grove records also list a James W. Cullins, born in Bellepoint, Ohio, who died on August 5, 1942, and buried on lot 40, Sylvanside section. His father is listed as Henry B. Cullins and mother as Sarah Laird.

DAVIS, JOSEPH P. “Pistol Pete”

Worked as Special 8/1/27 to 10/31/27

Traffic Officer from 4/1/28 to 2/4/30 (resigned)

Traffic Officer 6/5/30 to 5/15/36

Resigned May 15, 1936

Joe Davis was born October 12, 1900, the son of Joseph and Julia (Struckler) Davis. When he completed his schooling, World War I was in progress. He was a veteran of World War I.

In 1926 and 1927, Joe was hired to work as an extra, from August through October. Late in 1927, City Council approved the position of “Motorcycle Officer”. This was an attempt to resolve the increasing problems being created by automobiles. Mr. Davis was hired for this position on April 1, 1928. For some unknown reason, he resigned on February 4, 1930, but his name reappeared on the Police Roster on June 5, 1930. Mr. Davis continued to work as a motorcycle officer until May 15, 1936. During his tenure he somehow acquired the nickname of “Pistol Pete”, a name that was well known for years. While a motorcycle policeman for the City of Delaware, Mr. Davis and his wife Virgie M., lived at 64 Blymer St. They had two sons, Joseph P., Jr. and James W. Davis.

On March 14, 1936 – “The Delaware Civil Service Commission” met, with W.G. Wolff presiding and O.W. Bonner present. The following is copied from Civil Service Records:

“It was decided that Joseph Davis, acting Traffic Officer, should be retired from duty until the position could be placed under Civil Service. This order was to be effective April 1, 1936, and the secretary was instructed not to approve any pay for said Joseph Davis after that time; due to the fact that no eligibility list was in existence for the position of Traffic Officer, the commission decided to hold an examination  on April 4, 1936 for that position.

Examination was decided to be held subject to the same regulations that controlled the previous examination given for Policemen in 1935, with one exception, that the age limit be changed from 25 – 35 to 25 – 40 years of age.”

The written and oral examination placed Davis fourth out of six candidates – Lewis Coover placed first, and was hired for the position of Motorcycle Officer.

The Delaware Gazette dated May 15, 1936, stated that Joe planned to leave Delaware in the near future and work with his brother in Devon, Conn. However, Joe moved to New Jersey where he served as a temporary policeman on the Camden, N.J. police force.

Sometime in 1939, Joe returned to Delaware and served as a merchant policeman. He lived with his family at 126 E. Central Ave. On May 24, 1940, at the age of 39, he died of tuberculosis while at the Veterans Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. He was a member of Asbury Methodist Church and was buried in Sylvanside Singles at Oak Grove Cemetery. After Mr. Davis’s death, his wife moved to 25 Mason Ave and worked as a bookkeeper for the Delaware Lumber Co.



Fire Chief in 1871

Elected Marshal May 3, 1880

Reelected each year through 1883

Delaware County Sheriff 1886 – 1890

Sometime in the 1870’s, Mr. Davis was the Chief Engineer of the Delaware Fire Department.

Oak Grove Cemetery records list a William J. Davis, who died on November 10, 1912, at the age of 64. He was buried on lot 17, Mt. Pleasant section. His birthplace was Wheeling, W.Va. and his occupation was listed as real estate.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 13, 1889

Served through 1896

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists William P. Davis (age 25), Lavena (age 19), and Jno. W. (age 4 months), living in Delaware Township. During the Civil War he served with Battery I, 2nd OVHA. He was sent to Georgia by mistake, where he took part in several battles. Oak Grove Cemetery records list a William P. Davis, born in Delaware, Ohio, died on September 8, 1917, at 72 years of age. He was buried on lot 30, in the Chapel Lawn section. His wife, Lodema, died on October 8, 1906, at the age of 56, and is buried on the same lot. Three of their children, Albert, Ira and Mary, were also found buried in Oak Grove. Their parents were listed as William Perry Davis and Lodema Welch.



Appointed Deputy Marshal June 1, 1872

Served until September 30, 1873

Appointed Special Police in 1875

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists a Jno. Dent, age 24, and apparently, the son of Aza Y. Dent, living in Delaware Township. Oak Grove records show John H. Dent was born in Belmont County, on September 23, 1845. His occupation was listed as a retired carpenter at the time of his death, on October 30, 1928. He was buried on lot 10 in the Highland section of Oak Grove.

During the Civil War he entered Co. C, 56th OVI, on February 23, 1865. This unit was from Portsmouth, Ohio and performed guard duty at New Orleans, LA. He was mustered out on February 22, 1866.



Appointed Deputy Marshal October 13, 1880

Served until 1881

On September 6, 1880, Mr. Doll (may be spelled Dall) was appointed watchman for the city hall. On October 13, 1880, Council found it necessary to hire one more policeman. A. Doll was nominated by the mayor and received unanimous vote of Council. Mr. Doll had been working as a watchman for the City Hall prior to his appointment as a policeman. On September 5, 1881, the resolution to add one policeman was rescinded and Mr. Doll was discharged.

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists Alexander Doll (age 28), Sarah (age 20), James (age 10), George (age 6) and Emma (age 5) as residents of Concord Township. Oak Grove records show Alex Doll (or Dall), died on January 6, 1903, at 60 years of age and he was buried in Soldiers Circle. His occupation was listed as a carpenter. Cemetery records show Alexander and Sara Dall had a son, Clive Dall, who became Delaware City Fire Chief in 1928 and served until 1941. Clive’s daughter, Mildred E. Dall married Victor Ward, who at one time was a Delaware Police Officer. Their son, Richard L. Ward, retired as a Captain on the Delaware Fire Department.



Appointed June 8, 1968

Retired June 8, 1993

Mr. Dorsey was born in Delaware on June 26, 1942, the son of Oren Lee and Juanita Miriam (Butts) Dorsey. He was raised on the east side where he attended Conger Elementary School. After graduating from Willis High School, he became employed as an enamel inspector at Sunray Stove Co. He was married to Sharon Lafferty and they had two children.

Officer Dorsey was appointed to the Police Department on June 8, 1968 and served as a patrol officer. He was very active in traffic enforcement and had an uncanny ability to recall vehicle descriptions and/or license numbers.

David belonged to the Eagles, Moose and was an auxiliary member of the Amvets.


Appointed Apr 12, 1978

Mr. Drum was born in Columbus, Ohio, on March 5, 1956, the son of Burl Eugene and Rose Darlene (Ogle) Drum. He attended St. Matthias Elementary School and St. Francis DeSales High School, graduating in 1974. While a high school student in 1973, he began working for a Columbus food market. He continued with this store until 1978, and became the frozen food manager. However, the desire to get into law enforcement caused him to enroll in law enforcement classes at Columbus Technical Institute.

Mr. Drum was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on April 12, 1978, where he served as a patrol officer. After a few years he became very active in the FOP and eventually became involved in labor negotiations over the state.


Policeman 1866

Mr. Eastman was born January 28, 1836 in Pike Co., PA to Lorin Eastman and Henrietta Farrar. His first marriage was to Adeline S. Allen June 16, 1858 in Delaware, OH. Marriage number 2 was to Lavina J. Cruikshank July 6, 1869 in Delaware, OH.

 It is believed that he spent the rest of his life in Wellsford, Kansas with his third wife, Perina B. Eastman.

Emery first filed for his Civil War pension in Kansas in June 1880 and his widow, Perina, filed January 16, 1907. Records indicate Emery M. Eastman was a Captain in  the 96th OVI. (Photo at right)

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists Emory M. Eastman, age 38, as a resident of Liberty Township. It appears he was living with Lorin (age 65), Henrietta (age 60), Lina (age 19) and Oscar (age 1 month).

Oak Grove records show Lorin, Henrietta and Oscar buried on lot 39, in the Elmwood section. Lorin is the lot owner.


Appointed April 4, 1973

Resigned August 23, 1974

Mr. Efre was of Puerto Rican decent. He came to Delaware from New York City, where he had been employed by various law enforcement agencies. He was appointed on April 4, 1973, and for a short time worked an undercover assignment. He resigned on August 23, 1974, to return to a larger city. He left to become district manager for Globe Security, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 6, 1878

Left service March 6, 1882

Appointed Marshal May 21, 1888

Served as Marshal through 1896

Born in 1850

Died in 1898

On May 6, 1878, Mr. English was appointed Deputy Marshal. He was reappointed in 1879, 1880 and 1881. On March 6, 1882, he resigned and went to work as a policeman for C.C. & T. Railroad. Daniel McCarty was nominated and unanimously approved to fill the unexpired term. On May 21, 1888, Mr. English was elected Marshal and was reelected through 1896.

His wife Anna, was born in 1857 and died in 1908. Both are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, St Mary’s section.


EVANS, EARL E. “Red”, “Heavy”

Appointed Policeman in 1942

Mr. Evans was born in Delaware on October 31, 1906 to Joseph Lewis Evans and Alethha Lumbard. He married Doris Bondley, a schoolteacher.

Earl served a short time as a Police Officer, later he work at the Weight Station on I71. He was also the owner of Evans Brothers Candy & Tobacco Company.

He died June 24, 1967 at the age of 60 years. His obituary listed a son, Edwin E. of Delaware, a daughter Mrs. Charles (Kay) Caudy of Dayton and six grandchildren. Also list was a brother, Joy  and sisters, Mrs. Ray Johnson, Mrs. Gayle Welker, all of Delaware and Miss Hazel Evans of Toronto, Canada.



Appointed Patrolman December 2, 1970

Resigned April 3, 1986

Mr. Evans was born March 14, 1946, in Delaware County, the son of Robert Evans, a well known banker in Delaware. He attended local schools, and in 1970 he was appointed to the Police Department. He worked as a patrol officer until 1986, when he resigned. He was married to Stephanie Slack and they had two boys. One of the boys, Paul D., was killed in an auto accident on September 14, 1982, at 16 years of age. A few years later, Mr. Evans married Toni Veneziano. Upon leaving the Police Department, he became involved in the trucking business.


Appointed in September 1960

Resigned June 23, 1969

Mr. Fleshman was born in Delaware, the son of Robert and Fern (Morehouse) Fleshman. He was raised on the east side on Delaware and attended Conger Elementary and Willis High School. He had one sister, Joyce A. Fleshman. Mr. Fleshman worked at Sky Worker prior to being employed by the Police Department. He was appointed Patrolman in September 1960, and served until June 23, 1969. Shortly after leaving the department, his wife died of cancer, and he went to work for the Columbus Zoo. After a few years, he remarried and moved to a southern state.



Appointed Patrolman in October 1, 1954

Resigned Police Dept May 17, 1968

Mr Fultz was born March 30,1925, in Bellefontaine, Ohio, the son of Samuel Detrick and Lieona Ratchel  (Adams) Fultz. He attended school in Bellefontaine. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the US Navy and served from April 1944 to May 1946 in the Pacific theater, during World War II. He and his wife, Dorothy Elizabeth Baker, moved to Delaware in 1952 and he was employed as the manager of the local Merit Shoe Store. In October of 1954 he was appointed to the Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. In early 1966 he transferred to the Department of Public Works and worked on the street crew. However, in June of the same year he transferred back to the Police Department, but resigned two years later. He reentered law enforcement on March 28, 1977, when he became a deputy for the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department. He retired from the Sheriff’s Office on March 30, 1992. He and his wife, Dorothy, had three children, two sons, Jeff and Tom (who became a Lt Colonel, in the USMC), and a daughter Sue. Next to his wife, his main loves were automobiles and golf. And he is quite a golfer. He had three (3) “hole in one” and set several course records. On October 24, 1974, at Tanglewood Golf Course, he bettered the former course record (set by himself) of 67, with a 65 on this par 72, 18-hole course. Don passed away on June 19, 2000.



Appointed Police Officer October 20, 1969

Retired January 26, 1993

Officer Gaines was born in Circleville, Ohio, on January 14, 1945, the son of Willard R. and Ethel M. (Stonerock) Gaines. He attended Washington Township and Circleville High School.

Prior to becoming a Delaware Police Officer, he served with the US Air Force and later, served several years as a Delaware County Deputy Sheriff. He was appointed a Delaware Police Officer on October 20, 1969. Officer Gaines was the father of four children. He married Cheri Redman, a Delaware Police Officer.

He is a member of the Delaware FOP #56 and the B.P.O.E.


Appointed Police Officer August 7, 1990

Officer Gaines was born on April 30, 1964, in the Fort Dix Army Hospital in New Jersy. She is the daughter of James William and Mary Joann (Mercer) Gibson. She grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where she attended Franklin Heights High School. Prior to being appointed to the Police Department she was employed as a dog groomer and also, drove a bus for the Delaware County MRDD.

She married Robert D. Gaines, a Delaware Police Officer. Between the two, they have nine children.

She is a member of the Morrow County Kennel Club and the Ohio Horseman’s Assos.



Appointed Policeman November 1, 1949

Transferred to Fire Department January 19, 1951

Appointed Fire Captain March 7, 1969

Retired as a Fire Captain

Mr. Gatton was born in Delaware and attended local schools. He was appointed to the Police Department on November 1, 1949.


Appointed Police Officer April 12, 1978

Retired on disability January 27, 1988

Officer Goelz was born in Columbus, Ohio, on January 27, 1954, the son of Robert Lee and Frances Eileen (Carnes) Goelz. Mr. and Mrs. Goelz had moved from Zanesville to Columbus so Mr. Goelz could attend OSU. When Rodney was nine years old the family moved to Delaware County, across the road from Tangelwood Golf Course. He attended Berlin School, Liberty Union School and in 1972, graduated from Olentangy High School.

In 1973, he married his childhood sweetheart, Deborah Lou Kanniard. The same year he enrolled in Capital University, majoring in Political Science intending to someday go to Law School. But, because of the expense and environment, he switched to Ohio State, working toward a degree in Business Administration. He worked at Dytronics Co. in Columbus, while attending college and had been promoted to a good position. But he always wanted to be a policeman and when he turned 21 years old, he began applying everywhere. Due to his height, few police departments would consider him for a position.

On April 12, 1978, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department. He served as a patrol officer until sometime in 1980, when he was assigned to the Detective Bureau. At this time officers in the Detective Bureau worked all sorts of cases, not the least of which was drugs. During August of 1984, complaints had surfaced about marijuana patches in the area. Officer Goelz had tried to locate these patches on foot, without any success. On August 9, 1984, the decision was made to use an airplane in locating the patches. With Officer Gary Tagg as the pilot and Officer Golez as the observer, the search began. They were flying in slow tight circles, which caused the engine to heat up, so they flew north a few miles to cool the engine. While in the area of the Delaware Dam, they made a landing at an airstrip in the Delaware State Park. During the take off a malfunction occurred and the plane crashed, injuring both officers.

After three months leave Officer Goelz returned to work on light duty. His job was changed to records and computers. On January 27, 1988, he took a disability retirement from the Police Department and became the Records and Communication Manager for the City. Soon thereafter he was offered a job with NCR in Dayton, Ohio, and he accepted the position.


Appointed Police Officer May 9, 1979

Resigned February 7, 1984

Mr. Gordon was born April 23, 1957, in East Orange, N.J. He came to Delaware as a student at Ohio Wesleyan University. As a means of earning money to pay his way through school, he worked for OWU Security for two years prior to being appointed to the department.


Appointed Policeman in March 1960

Retired on disability October 24, 1979

Mr. Green was born February 21, 1934, in Delaware County (Orange Township), the son of Frank J. and Mable C (Clifton) Green. He was raised on a farm and graduated from Olentangy High School in 1952. After graduating he worked on the farm until 1956, when he was drafted in the US Army. He served two years in Germany and four year in the US Army Reserve. After being discharged he returned to farming, but began seeking a job in law enforcement. He took and passed tests for the Columbus Police Department and the Ohio State Patrol. In March 1960, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer. An auto accident forced him to take a disability pension in 1979. A couple of years after retiring, in 1981, he and his wife Barbara, moved to Clearwater, Florida. He is member of the FOP, Moose and Eagles.


Appointed Policeman May 5, 1875

Served through 1883

Again appointed Deputy Marshal May 21, 1888

Served through 1896

Appointed Policeman May 5, 1875. He was reappointed as Deputy Marshal on May 19, 1876, at a salary of $1.75 per day. He was reappointed in May of each year through 1883.

Mr. Griffin was again appointed Deputy Marshal on May 21, 1888, and served in that capacity until 1897.

Mr. Griffins obituary appeared in the April 19, 1912 issue of the Delaware Gazette. The obituary provides the following information: John Griffin, for nineteen years a member of the Delaware police force, died from apoplexy in a cab at Springfield Wednesday. Mr. Griffin had gone to Springfield to attend the funeral of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Patrick Griffin. The former policeman was 70 years of age. He retired from the police force about nine years ago. He is survived by five children: Maurice of Delaware, Mrs. John Mahony, Mrs. Horn and Miss Alice G. Griffin of Columbus and Patrick of Springfield; two sisters, Mrs. Patrick Mehan of Delaware and Mrs. John Connors of Springfield. The remains will be brought to Delaware Thursday and the funeral will probably be held Saturday.   



Appointed Policeman July 19, 1952

Resigned February 16, 1953

Mr. Hagar was born in Delaware and attended local schools, graduating from Willis High School in 1948. He was appointed to the Police Department in 1952 and resigned in 1953. After leaving the department he established a TV repair business, which he operated for many years on N. Liberty Street. He married Ruth E. Easterday, also of Delaware, and they had one son, Charles Jr.



Appointed Policeman May 16, 1924

Resigned January 8, 1930

Prior to being appointed, Mr. Haley served as a Merchant Policeman. The Daily Journal dated May 12, 1924, said he had taken a civil service test and received the top score of 95% and was to be appointed the 16th of May. The 1930 City Directory lists Mr. Haley and his wife, Orpha P., living at 32 Park Ave.

Police records show Haley was suspended January 7, 1930. The 1937 City Directory lists the same information as in 1930, except it shows he was a Merchant Policeman again.

Mr. Haley was born in Indiana, on October 21, 1870, the son of Richard and Mary E. (McCrearey) Haley. On December 4, 1937, he died of a fractured skull. He was buried on lot 21 in the Washington Sq. section of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed Police Officer May 9, 1979

                        Retired January 2001

Officer Harris was born at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on April, 13, 1957, the son of Robert Leevon and Shirley Ann (Thomas) Harris. With his father in the military for 17 years, they were transferred from base to base including New Jersey, California, Alabama and Germany. He attended school on various military bases, moving back to Ohio long enough to attend Willis Jr. High School and he graduate from Delaware Hayes High School.

After graduation, Officer Harris enlisted in the US Army in September 1975. He served as US Military Police C.S. and was stationed at Leavenworth, Kansas. While in the service he attended many schools and received letters of appreciation at every military post he was assigned. He was the Soldier of the Month, while stationed at Fort Leavenworth.

Prior to being appointed to the Delaware Police Department on May 9, 1979, he was employed as a Child Care Worker at the Riverview School for Boys.

Officer Harris served as a patrol officer, detective and firearms instructor. He was married to Stephayne J. McCowan. He enjoys sports, and draws and colors cartoons as a hobby.

He is member of the Ohio Peace Officer Trainers as Firearms Instructor, Board Member of Touchstone Boys Home and FOP 56.


Appointed Police Officer April 1, 1973

Resigned September 14, 1974

Prior to being appointed to the Police Department, Mr. Harrison worked at International Harvester in Springfield. He was appointed on April 1, 1973, and served as a patrol officer. After resigning from the department he was employed with a law enforcement agency in the Springfield area. Sometime later, he was appointed Chief of Police in London, Ohio.


Appointed Police Officer March 29, 1978

Resigned August 9, 1979

One of two, first female Police Officers

Ms. Hartley was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, on September 4, 1947, the daughter of John Vetter and Dorothy (Malone) Vetter. After graduating from Whetstone High School in 1965, Ms Hartley was a legal secretary for a number of Columbus law firms from 1966 to 1974. Prior to becoming a police officer she worked as a salesperson, for Ross Laboratories in Columbus, while attending Franklin University working on a degree in business administration.

Ms. Hartley was appointed a Delaware Police Officer on March 29, 1978. This marked the first time a female had ever served as a police officer in Delaware. She worked as a patrol officer, doing the same job as her male counterparts. She resigned August 9,1979. After resigning from the Police Department she enrolled in Capital University Law School and graduated in May, 1985, passing the Bar in November of 1985.

She was a member of the Columbus Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, National Organization for Women, National Association for Female Executives, Ohio Health Fraud Council and Ohio Auto Theft Bureau.

She enjoyed running, racewalking, powerwalking, old sports cars and Silhouette Shooting Matches



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 19, 1884

Delaware Gazette for May 3, 1907 states the following:

Mrs. Sarah Holzback of E. William St., received word of the death of her brother, John Hartman at his home in San Diego, CA, on April 20th (1907). Mr. Hartman made his home in Delaware for some years. While here he served the city as a police officer under Marshal Miller. The deceased was 54 years of age and is survived by his wife, two sisters and one brother.



Appointed Special Police April 6, 1874

Appointed Special Police in 1877

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists a Staley Hartman (age 24), Margaret A. (age 24), and Nettie A. (age 1) living in Oxford Township.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 21, 1888

Served through 1896

This officer was one of the first black officers in Delaware. The correct spelling of the last name was “Herrell”. Oak Grove records show Richard Herrell was born in 1838, and died on April 10, 1925, in Zanesville, Ohio. He was buried on lot 44 in the Meadow section of Oak Grove Cemetery.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 3, 1880

Served through 1881

Mr. Highwarden is the first known black officer in Delaware. The 1870 census lists Jno. W. Highwarden (age 24) as a resident of Delaware Township. At the start of the Civil War, in 1863, Mr. Highwarden enlisted in Co. D. 55th Mass. VI. He was discharged in 1865. Oak Grove records show J.W. Highwarden was born in Delaware County. He died on February 22, 1897, at 51 years of age and was buried on lot 14 in the Highland section.



Appointed Police Officer December 18, 1966

Retired July 3, 1989

Mr. Hines was born in Delaware on December 23, 1937. He was appointed to the Police Department on December 18, 1966, and served as a patrol officer. No officer ever feared lack of a backup when Officer Hines was on duty. For many years he represented the police officers in labor negotiations. Officer Hines retired on July 3, 1989.

After retiring he worked as a bailiff for the Delaware Municipal Court. He and his wife owned and operated the “Me too” craft shop. He purchased a motor-home and he and his family traveled as much as possible. He was an active member of Delaware County FOP lodge #56. Officer Hines died on June 2, 1999.


Worked as Extra from July 17, 1939

Appointed Foot Patrolman December 1, 1939

Appointed Chief of Police August 1, 1942

Resigned November 1, 1949

Died April 1970

Mr. Hoffman was born in Delaware, on October 10, 1913, the son of George and Buelah Hoffman. He graduated from St Mary’s schools. He worked as a finisher at Allerding Industries and lived at 339 E William St

Mr. Hoffman was appointed “Extra” to work vacations starting July 19, 1939. He received a full appointment as a Foot Patrolman on December 1, 1939. He filled this position until the retirement of Chief Amrine in 1942, at which time he was appointed Chief of Police. At the age of 28 years, he was one of the youngest Police Chiefs ever named in the state of Ohio.

In 1949, Hoffman teamed with Curtis Poulton, a former State Highway Patrolman; Denver Scott, a wrecking yard operator and William J Haas, attorney, to incorporate the “Buckeye Motor Club”. Set up along the lines of the American Automobile Association, the Buckeye Motor Club was to start a campaign for membership in late 1949. Both Hoffman and Poulton were expected to actively engage in the promotion and organization work. Incorporation papers filed with the state listed Poulton as president, Hoffman as vice president and Scott as secretary/treasurer. Due to the time involved, Hoffman resigned as Chief of Police on November 1, 1949.

Mr Hoffman and his wife Mary E. Klinck Hoffman lived at 22 Elizabeth Street. They had three children, a son James and two daughters. Mr. Hoffman died April 11, 1970.



Appointed Deputy Marshal in 1867

Served through 1870

Appointed Special Police in 1872

And again 1874 for 10 days

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists James Holly (age 44) and Elizabeth (age 42) living in Delaware Township.



Appointed Police Officer April 2, 1973

Officer Howard was born in Cranston, Rhode Island on June 29, 1945. He attended St. Matthews Grade School, Cranston High, Rhode Island Jr. College, Ohio State University and Columbia College.

He worked as a musician in Boston in 1961 and 1962. In 1962 he enlisted in the USMC and served until 1965. Prior to becoming a Delaware Police Officer he worked as an insurance claims adjuster and in real estate sales in Marion, Ohio. On April 2, 1973, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department. He was married to Virginia Carol Spitzer.

His interests include flying, guitar playing and bicycle riding. He is a member of Experiment Aircraft Assoc. and FOP Lodge #56.



Appointed Extra November 1, 1875

The 1870 census lists Henry G. Hudson (age 34) and Elizabeth (age 35) living in Delaware. Oak Grove records show Henry L. Hudson was born in Delaware and he died on October 20, 1916, at 81 years of age. Records also show Elizabeth Hudson was born in Belmont County and died October 21, 1906 at 71 years of age. Both are buried on lot 21 in the Prospect Hill section.



Appointed Deputy Marshal in 1866

Served until April 1868

Appointed Deputy Marshal May 19, 1876

Served through 1878

Born 1818

Mr. Inscoe was appointed Deputy Marshal in 1866 under Marshal William H Case. He was reappointed Deputy Marshal (night watchman) in 1867 and served until April of 1868. Council notes of 1867 read as follows: “David Inscoe is employed as a night watchman by a number of business firms and banks on Main St and that the services of said David Inscoe as a policeman could be obtained with consent of his employers for $1 per day.

Mr Inscoe was again appointed Deputy Marshal on May 19, 1876 and was reappointed each year until 1879.

On November 12, 1883, Mr Inscoe was hired to fire the boilers and attend to heating the City Hall for $40 per month.

The 1870 census lists David Inscho (age 59), Harriet (age 59), America M. (age 23), Hattie (age 17) and Emma (age 12) living in Delaware Township. Oak Grove records show David Inscho was born in Huron County in 1818. He died on February 15, 1900, at 83 years of age. Harriet died on February 20, 1900, at 82 years of age. Records further show Emma was born in Delaware on September 20, 1857, and she died on June 26, 1940. All three are buried on lot 38 in the Crescent Ridge section.





Appointed Policeman April 19, 1897

Transferred to Fire Dept. in May 1898

Born in 1855

Mr. Jones worked for a while on a farm and some time in a flouring mill. He moved to Delaware in 1890 and was appointed Policeman on April 19, 1897. He served in this position until May of 1898, when he appointed to the Fire Department and became a driver of the hook and ladder truck. In May 1903, Mr. Jones became the first full time paid Fire Chief. He served in this capacity until October of 1906. Some time after leaving the Fire Department Mr. Jones became a mail carrier. Mr. Jones married Miss Ophelia Dermond and had three children by 1901. Mr. Jones died in 1920 and is buried on lot 11 in the Prospect Hill section of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed Marshal April 13, 1857

At the Council Meeting on December 4, 1857, Marshal Jones presented his expenses for the following:

Repairing sewer at the corner of Franklin and Winter St.

Putting down gutter on Franklin St

Carrying coal up into the Council Room

Total cost $4.75



Appointed Deputy Marshal March 9, 1884

Elected Marshal in 1898

Served until March 1900

Patsy W. Keefe was appointed Deputy Marshal on March 9, 1884, to fill the unexpired term of Thomas F. Mitchell, who resigned.

Elected Marshal in 1898 and served until May of 1900.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 21, 1888

Resigned February 11, 1889

Born in 1855

Died in 1903

No other information on Patrick W. Keefe.


Appointed Policeman May 14, 1900

Transferred to Fire Dept in 1906

Appointed Fire Chief, Oct 1906 – Sept 1928

Mr Keiser was born in 1860. After the usual school work to which young Americans were subject, Mr. Keiser worked in an iron foundry and there learned the molder trade and for some years worked in that business in Marion, Ohio.

Mr. Keiser was appointed Policeman on May 14, 1900 and continued in that position until he was appointed to the Fire Department as Fire Chief in 1906. He served in that capacity until September 1928.

Mr. Keiser married Miss Jennie Eatherton, that union produced five children by 1901.

Chief Keiser died of abdominal carcinoma on September 9, 1928. He was buried on lot 4 in the Washington Sq section of Oak Grove Cemetery.



Mr. Kesman was born in Bavaria, Germany on April 20, 1836. In 1867 he emigrated to America and came to Delaware almost as soon as he landed in the United States. A year later he married the sweetheart who accompanied him to this country. He was for some time employed as a fireman and under Marshal English, served five years as a policeman on the Delaware force. The greater part of his life he followed his trade as a shoemaker. On April 9, 1908, at the age of 72, he died at his home on E. Fountain.



Appointed Policeman in July 1, 1939

Resigned in October 3, 1950

Mr. King started with the Police Department as a Special, on February 18, 1939. He worked in this position until July 1, 1939, at which time he received his appointment to the department.

Officer King went into the US Army on July 13, 1942. He served through World War II, and returned to the Police Department on December 16, 1945. He remained in the position of Patrolman until October 3, 1950, when he resigned from the department. Upon leaving the department, he is believed to have moved to California.



Appointed Policeman December 1, 1941

Appointed Lieutenant June 19, 1944

Retired in December 1966

Officer Knight was born in Delaware, Ohio, on September 1, 1915, the son of David and Ruth (Dickey) Knight. He attended school in Delaware and spent his entire life here. He had two brothers and four sisters, John and Kenneth Knight, Betty Calhoun, Lee Ferko, Janice Haubiel and Hanna Compston.

Officer Knight was appointed Patrolman in the Delaware Police Department on December 1, 1941. On June 19, 1944, he was promoted to Lieutenant. In this position he was in charge of the night shift. During Officer Knights career an officer could retire after 25 years of service (this was later changed to 25 years AND be 52 years of age). He took advantage of this and retired on December 1, 1966, exactly 25 years after he came on the department.

Wymond was always an energetic person. Even while he was on the Police Department, he worked another job. He would work at the department at night and build or remodel houses during the day. At one point he even bought and operated a “Citgo” filling station at the corner of Liberty Rd and London Rd. After retirement he slowed down a little, just doing building and siding work. Somehow he managed to get in a good bit of fishing, too. He used to have a little 14′ wooden boat with about a 36″ beam, which he would take to Lake Erie. He would invite some of the boys to go with him, but not many would take him up on the offer. (I might have gone to the Delaware Lake, but Lake Erie in a canoe, No Way!) In the years to follow he purchased a rather large cabin cruiser, a much more lake worthy craft.

For many years he and his wife wintered at their mobile home in Florida. While wintering in Florida he learned to paint pictures and became quite good. His paintings adorned the Police Department walls for years. He loved flowers and the outdoors.

He was married to Edith Fraley and they had four daughters, Nancy Mayes, Judy Lee, Linda Colley and Bonnie McLaughlin. Wymond died on May 12, 1992, and was buried on lot 99, Heritage Hts section of Oak Grove Cemetery.



Appointed October 16, 1950

Appointed Lieutenant March 17, 1960

Appointed Captain October 26, 1968

Retired January 16, 1979

Paul Krouse was born in Delaware, Ohio, on October 6, 1924, the son of John Carl and Myrtle Elizabeth (Hanitsch) Krouse. He attended South School and Willis High School. After high school he enlisted in the Army. World War II was going on at the time and he was sent to Europe where he served under General George Patton. At the end of the war he returned to Delaware and worked as a auto and truck mechanic.

On October 16, 1950, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department and served as a patrol officer until he was appointed Lieutenant in 1960. As Lieutenant he was in charge of the 2nd shift. In 1968 he was appointed Captain. After Chief Morris retired in 1972, Captain Krouse was appointed Acting Chief of Police.

During his Police career he remained active in the US Army, serving with the National Guard and the US Army Reserve. He was called back into service for the Korean War for one year. He served a total of 41 years with the US Army and attained the rank of Chief Warrant Officer. After retiring in 1979, he took many motorcycle trips to Florida, Colorado, Canada, California and elsewhere. He also caught military flights all over the world.

He married Ruth Ann Shaw and they had four beautiful daughters and a son, Suzanne, Karen, Malinda, Denise and Stephen. He is a member of the Elks Lodge and Reserve Officers Association.



Appointed Policeman in 1871

Appointed Fire Chief in 1876

Mr. Kruck was born in Berks Co., Pennsylvania in October 1818, and was the son N. Kruck. He came to Delaware County with his parents in 1834. They located in Stratford, Ohio and his father kept a hotel in Stratford and Delaware for several years. At the age of 18, Mr. Kruck learned the printers trade in Delaware and pursued this occupation in Columbus and Delaware. He was married to Charles V. Owston’s sister. At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted on April 16, 1861, in Co. C, 4th O.V.I. as a Orderly Sergeant and served with this regiment three years and three and one half months, participating in all battles and marches. He was discharged at Portsmouth Grove, NJ on June 3, 1864. Upon his return to Delaware he resumed his trade. In 1871, he was appointed a policeman under Marshal Charles V. Owston, apparently only serving the one-year. In 1875, he operated his own billiard parlor located on Sandusky Street. In about 1876, Mr. Kruck was appointed Fire Chief, a position that he held from four to six years. The 1880 Delaware County History states that Mr. Kruck had been a member of the Fire Department for twenty five to thirty years. Mr. Kruck had two sons and two daughters.

Oak Grove records show Mr. Jacob Kruck died 6/21/1905 in Birmingham, at the age 76 years and 8 months. He is buried in Lake Ridge section, lot 27, Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed Patrolman September 9, 1967

Appointed Sergeant June 12, 1974

Appointed Captain March 14, 1979

Retired November 15, 1988

Captain Landacre was born in Delaware, on June 7, 1937, the son of Ralph and Lillian (Dunlap) Landacre. He graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Delaware and was employed as an Engineering Technician at ODOT Division 6. He also served with the Ohio National Guard and was a special deputy for the Delaware County Sheriffs Department for two years prior to becoming a Delaware Police Officer.

He was appointed to the department on September 9, 1967, and served as a patrol officer. In 1974 he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned as a shift supervisor and later a detective. In 1975, he received a BA degree from Columbia College. After being promoted to Captain in 1979, he was in charge of operations. Upon retirement, he became involved in real estate sales. He is a member of the FOP, Elks, Eagles and Masonic Lodge. He and his first wife had three sons, Scott (who died at 8 months of age), Mark and Todd. He later married Rosilyn Piatt, and gained four stepchildren, Denna Ingle, Kelley Spriggs, Elizabeth Kanniard and John Reese. His family also includes a half sister and brother Phyllis and Ralph Joseph Landacre, and 13 grandchildren.



Appointed Police Officer January 22, 1975

Resigned January 20, 1988

Mr. Lehner was born in Columbus, Ohio on January 10, 1950, the son of Bruce Albert and Anna Lou (DeWise) Lehner. He graduated from Mifflin High School and attended Ohio State University for one year. While a senior in high school and while attending OSU, he worked for Parker Photography Studios, Herb Tody Photos and Allstate Blueprint. He joined the US Army Reserve and was stationed at Ft. Dix, New Jersey for basic training and Ft. Knox, Kentucky for advanced training in recovery and evacuation of tracked vehicles. After his military training he worked as a bull dozer operator for Par-Tel Excavating until he was appointed to the Police Department.

He married Becky Pinnell in 1975. They had two children, Michael born on December 11, 1976 and Dawn born August 24, 1979. He and his wife divorced on 1984.

In 1986 he accepted Jesus Christ and became involved in the church as a praise and worship leader and a song writer. He met Teresa DeLott at church and they married on June 6, 1987. He has two step daughters, Andrea and Lindsey DeLott. In 1987 he and his wife began singing and writing christian songs. They formed a non-profit, public supported foundation called Lehner Ministries, in 1987.

Mr. Lehner resigned from the Police Department in 1989 and purchased a Christian Book Store. Several years later he sold the book store and went to work as head of the Security Department at Buehlers in Delaware.

In 1990 he was ordained as a Pastor-Evangelist by the Evangelical Church Alliance and has been actively involved in ministry as an inner city pastor in Columbus, Ohio. He and his wife traveled across the United States and internationally, singing and preaching the word of God.


Appointed Police Officer March 29, 1978

One of two, first female Police Officers

Appointed Sgt June 27, 1986

Appointed Captain March 1, 1990

Appointed Chief 1997

Retired 2001

Officer Lieske was born in Ottawa County, Ohio, on April 7, 1951, the daughter of Luther A. and Phyllis A. (Frederick) Lieske.

Ms. Lieske graduated from high school in Oak Harbor, in 1969. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Law Enforcement, in 1974, from the University of Toledo.

From 1974 to 1976, Ms. Lieske was an Ashland County deputy sheriff. During this time frame she attended Ohio Crime Prevention School at Hocking Technical College in Nelsonville, Ohio.

For the two years prior to being appointed a Delaware Police Officer, she was employed as the supervisor of security at the Mount Carmel Medical Center in Columbus. While in Columbus, she was working toward a Master’s Degree in Guidance at Ohio State University.

When appointed on March 29, 1978, she became the one of the first female police officer every to serve the City of Delaware.


Appointed Policeman February 6, 1930

Appointed Captain June 25, 1936

Retired in April 25, 1950

Mr. Loader was born in Delaware, on August 30, 1901, the son of Merrick and Edith (Ross) Loader. He lived his entire life in Delaware. He became a member of the Police Department on February 6, 1930. After Frank W. Pliickebaum’s retirement on June 25, 1936, Officer Loader was promoted to Night Captain.

Officer Loader was a member of the William Street Methodist Church and the FOP in Marion, Ohio. Mr. Loader died on March 22, 1953. At the time of his death, he lived with his wife, the former Olive C. Bass, at 842 N. Sandusky St. Mrs. Loader started receiving a widow’s pension of $60 per month in March of 1953.

Mr. Loader had one daughter, Mrs Warren Powers of Lima, Ohio; one sister, Mrs Ward (Marge) Lackey and a brother, Mr. Paul “Spot” Loader, both of Delaware. He is buried on lot 7, in the Sunset View section of Oak Grove Cemetery. Mrs Loader died in Garden City, Michigan on May 2, 1993 and was buried beside her husband.



Appointed Policeman May 1, 1899

Resigned August 4, 1899

Mr. Mahoney was appointed Policeman May 1, 1899, resigned August 4, 1899. Council voted not to fill his position.


Appointed Policeman June 1, 1950

Resigned in October 1953


Appointed Police Officer July 31, 1974

Appointed Sergeant January 1979

Appointed Captain February 1, 1989

Promoted to Chief August 25, 1993

Officer Martz was born in Warren, Ohio, on December 21, 1948, the son of Galen and Betty Strojek (Baker) Martz. He attended Fairview Elementary School in Mt. Pleasant, Pa., 4th Street Elementary in Salem, Ohio, Salem Jr. High, Salem Sr. High, University of Cincinnati and Ohio State University. He served with the USMC from 1968 to 1971. He married Judy Browning and had three children, Chad, Carie and Lisa.

He was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on July 31, 1974. By 1979, he had been promoted to Sergeant and on February 1, 1989, was promoted to Captain. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1985. He was named Acting Police Chief in June 1993.


Appointed Police Officer January 11, 1969

Retired January 25, 1994

Officer Matthews was born in Delaware, Ohio, on August 19, 1943, the son of Francis P. and Goldie M. (Rittenhouse) Matthews. He attended Conger Elementary and Willis High School. Prior to his appointment on the police department, he worked at the Delaware Gazette. He was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on January 11, 1969, and served as a patrol officer for six years. Because of his investigative abilities, he was appointed Detective on May 30, 1975. In September of 1979, Detective Matthews attended a six-week course on polygraphs, conducted in New York City. Upon his completion he became the first polygraph operator in the city. He also served as an instructor in crisis intervention dealing with sex crimes and was a marijuana identification expert. Officer Matthews was married to Jeanne Imes. He was a member of FOP #56 and FOP Ohio Labor Council, Inc.


Appointed Deputy Marshal in May 4, 1896

Served as Deputy Marshal until March 1900

Appointed Marshal in March 1900

Served as Marshal until May 1, 1903

Appointed Chief of Police May 1, 1903

Resigned October 15, 1907

Mr. Matthews was born on September 26, 1869, in Vinton, Ohio, the son of John and Lydia (McCumber) Matthews. His first years were spent on a farm. He moved into town and became involved in the grocery business. At the request of the businessmen of Delaware, he was appointed Policeman in May 1896, and continued in that position until nominated to the responsible position of Marshal in 1900, on the Republican ticket. He was elected by a large majority and the city under his watchful care had just cause to feel proud of their Marshal. Marshal Matthews held that position until The Delaware Police Department was restructured on May 1, 1903. He holds the position in history of being the last City Marshal and the first Chief of Police of the City of Delaware, Ohio. Salary for the Chief of Police was set at $1000 per year. Mr Matthews held that position until October 15, 1907, when he resigned. Mr. Matthews married Alice R “Allie” Goddard. By 1900 this union had produced four children, two of which died at an early age. Old records indicate that after resigning as Chief of Police Mr. Matthews became involved in real estate. On December 20, 1934, while a resident of Columbus, Ohio, he died at the age of 67 years. He and his wife are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, on lot 45 in the Meadow section.



Appointed Deputy Marshal March 6, 1882

Mr. McCarty was appointed Deputy Marshal on March 6, 1882, to fill the unexpired term of Patrick S English who resigned to take a job as a railroad policeman.




Appointed Deputy Marshal May 4, 1874

Served until 1887

Mr. McPherson was appointed Deputy Marshal on May 4, 1874, and reappointed on May 5, 1875 and 1876, under Marshal John A. Anderson. On July 5, 1880, he was paid for 22 days work as a deputy. In 1877 he was appointed Special Police. Mr. McPherson was again appointed Deputy Marshal on May 7, 1883, and served through 1887. During the Civil War, on April 19, 1864, he enlisted at Delaware in Co. C, 4th OVI. On May 23, 1864, he received a wound through the left elbow, while engaged in battle at North Anna River, VA. He was hospitalized in Emory Hospital, Washington D.C. from May 29, 1864 through November 8, 1864. He was discharged in Columbus, Ohio on June 21, 1864, as a Private.

The 1870 census list Benj. McPherson (age 28), Anganett (age 24), Emma (age 3) and Katie ( age 10 months) living in Delaware Township. Oak Grove records show Ben McPherson was born in Delaware County and died on April 9, 1904, at 63 years of age. He is buried on lot 11, in the Edgewood section.



Appointed Policeman August 1, 1951

Resigned June 8, 1957

Mr. Middleton was born in Union County, near Milford Center, about August 1928. He came to Delaware and worked for a while at Correct Manufacturing, later he went to work at the Delaware Post Office. He was appointed to the Police Department on August 1, 1951. He was married to Doris Wood and they had two children, a boy and a girl. He resigned June 8, 1957, to take a job with PPG. After a period of time he became a terminal manager for PPG and worked out of Mercer or Altoona, Pennsylvania. He retired in the early 1990’s and spends his winters in Florida and summers in Pennsylvania.



Served as Deputy Marshal on May 5, 1884

Resigned March 9, 1885

The Council notes of February 9, 1885 reflect the following;

Mayor Henry Baker suspended Mitchell from duty on January 8, 1885 after it being reported by the Marshal that he (Mitchell) was negligent in performance of duties. Specifically that Mitchell was going home at midnight and not finishing his shift. Further, he had been seen walking with his wife on the street or in business places during his shift. Also, he had made no arrests since September 13, 1884. And finally, when called upon to report before the committee, he sent word “the committee can go to hell” and he would quit before returning to duty on the west side.

Testimony and signed petitions were presented stating Mitchell was a good officer, did not shirk his duties and no citizen complaints had been heard.

Two doctors testified Mitchell had a very sick child at the time he was observed entering his home around midnight, and that the day he was suspended, Mitchell himself was ill and confined to bed. 

By a vote of 9 to 1, Mitchell was reinstalled to the Police Force.


Appointed Policeman July 1, 1942

Appointed Captain in June 1947

Appointed Chief of Police in 1950

Retired June 30, 1972

Mr. Morris was born in Licking County, Ohio, on January 29, 1908, the son of Harry and Cecil Ester (Singer) Morris. He attended grade schools and went to work at an early age. He always wanted to be a policeman.

Mr. Morris worked for seven years in his uncle’s bakeshop, before his doctor made him find other employment because of the extreme heat. He then took charge of a local Pure Oil bulk plant and serviced farmers in the western half of the county for over seven years. He lived in Sunbury, Ohio, for some time prior to being appointed to the Police Department. In 1942 he passed the civil service test for Patrolman and was appointed to that position on July 1, 1942. He served as a patrol officer until a vacancy was created in the rank of Captain. At this time, he took the civil service test for the vacancy and passed with the highest score. He was appointed Captain in June of 1947. As Captain, he was in charge of the evening shift. In 1950, he was appointed Chief of Police. The Delaware Gazette of December 23, 1949, stated that Morris received the high score and would probably be appointed by the first of the year. On December 29th, the Gazette reported that the scores were being altered to include seniority points. A Gazette article of December 29, 1949 stated Morris was appointed Chief. As Chief he put in many extra hours, and filled the position well for over 22 years. Chief Morris retired on June 30, 1972.

In 1931, he married Florence Shuster and they had two boys, Donald, a Captain on the Delaware Fire Department and John, a teacher in Washington Court House, Ohio. They lived 56 Annette St. most of their married lives. Chief Morris was an avid garden and fisherman, spending many hours on both.

He died February 21, 1991, and was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed April 20, 1988

Resigned in 1997

Officer Morris was born in Bluffton, Ohio, on March 17, 1967, the son of Cliff and Jessie (Arlene) Morris. He attended Pandora-Gilboa High School and Lima Technical College.

He was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on April 20, 1988. Prior to his appointment he was employed as a Security Officer for Ohio Northern.

Officer Morris became the K9 handler for the department’s first dog, Arron. He is a member of FOP #56.

After resigning the Police Department, Mr. Morris became a member of the Tri Township Fire Department, where he became Fire Chief.



Appointed Deputy Marshal in 1867

Appointed Special Police in 1872

The 1870 census lists John T. Munsell (age 32), living in Delaware Township. The head of the house is May A. Munsell (age 54).



Appointed Police Officer August 31, 1987

Resigned August 21, 1989

Officer Neff was born in London, Ohio, on April 6, 1965, the daughter of Francis William and Barbara Jean (Ruffner) Neff. She attended Westfall High School and Ohio University in Athens and Chillicothe, Ohio. She had a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and an Associate Degree in Law Enforcement Technology.

Prior to being appointed Police Officer on August 31, 1987, she had been a student. She served as a patrol officer until 1989, when she resigned to except a position as Prosecutor’s Investigator in another county.


Appointed Policeman January 1, 1931

Resigned June 15, 1935

It is believed that when Mr. Nice resigned from the department, he went to Columbus and became a Columbus Police Officer and attained the rank of Lieutenant.

Oak Grove records show Walter E. Nice purchased cemetery lot 40 in the Lincoln View section. Records also show, Hazel Inez Nice died on December 27, 1946 and was buried on lot 40 in the Lincoln View section. She was born in Delaware on January 24, 1908, the daughter of Frank L. and May (Turner) Wallace. At the time of her death she was a resident of Columbus, OH.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 6, 1878

Reappointed each year until 1880

The 1870 census lists Joshua G. Oldham (age 35), Susan (age 30), Mary E. (age 10), Eulala (age 8), William (age 6) and Carrie (age 3), living in Delaware Township.

During the Civil War, on August 11, 1862, he enlisted in Co. F, 96th OVI. He spent two weeks in December of 1862, Jefferson Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. for a gathering on the right foot. He sent to Ft Pickering but after 2-3 weeks he was sent back to the hospital in Memphis with intermittent fever. In January of 1963 he was detailed as a hospital cook, where he served for one year. He later rejoined his regiment in Texas and received gunshot wound in right shoulder at Sabine Cross Roads, LA. on April 8, 1864. He was discharged at Columbus, Ohio on February 1, 1865.

Oak Grove records show that Joshua G. Oldham died on March 1, 1915, at 79 years of age. He was buried on lot #2 in Crescent Ridge section. All of the above, except William, were also buried on this lot. The record of one of the children listed the parents as J.G. Oldham and Susan Brewer.



Elected Marshal in May 1870

Reelected each year to 1873

Elected Marshal May 1, 1876

Reelected each year through 1879

Appointed Fire Chief in 1879

Mr. Owston was born in the Village of Delaware, on September 15, 1845, the son of William Owston, a bricklayer and contractor. (In 1860, Mr. William Owston was elected to Village Council.)

Mr. Owston enlisted as a Private in Company D of the 145th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, on May 2, 1864, at Delaware, Ohio, for 100 days service. He was mustered out with his company on August 24, 1864, at Camp Chase, Ohio. After the war he went to Columbus where he learned the trade of carriage body maker and remained there for two years. He worked in Springfield, Ohio, for a time and then returned to Delaware to practice his trade for three years.

In April 1868, Charles Owston was a member of the city fire committee. Mr. Owston was a tireless worker for the Democratic Party. He was elected to the position of Village Marshal in 1870, and was presented a silver star (badge) with MARSHAL engraved on the front and May 1, 1870, on the back. He was reelected Village Marshal in 1872; and in 1873, was elected the first City Marshal of the newly incorporated City of Delaware (1873). In May of 1874, John A. Anderson defeated him.

Mr. Owston’s interest in the Fire Department had continued, and on August 9, 1875, he was appointed by City Council to fill the vacant, unexpired term of Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, ending May 1, 1876. For this period he served as both City Marshal and Chief Engineer. Mr. Owston was again elected City Marshal on April 1, 1878. He left the office of City Marshal the last time after being defeated in the April 5, 1880, election. In 1880, Mr. Owston was a Captain of the Rough and Ready Hook & Ladder Company. On December 25, 1882, he was given a silver and gold badge of the office of Chief of Delaware Fire Department.

The 1880 census shows Charles V Owston living at 17 N Sandusky St.(age 34), single, carriage body maker, and both parents born in England. On June 22, 1882, he married Rebecca M. Balmer in Columbus, Ohio. On October 6, 1885, he applied for an Invalid Claim for Pension as a Civil War Veteran.  The claim was granted and he received $22 per month until his death on August 25, 1912.



Appointed Special Police in 1872

Oak Grove records show Mr. O’Keefe was born in 1840 and died in 1909. His wife Mary was born in 1843 and died in 1900, both is buried in St Marys Cemetery.



Appointed Special Police in 1872

Oak Grove records show W. R. Paddock born in New Jersey and died on October 13, 1913, at 80 years of age. The records show his occupation was a manufacturer and he lived in Marion, Ohio, at the time of his death. He was buried on lot 34 in the Sylvanside section of Oak Grove Cemetery.



Appointed June 14, 1960

Resigned June 28, 1960

Mr. Parmer was born in Delaware, on May 15, 1936, the son of Vaughn and Nellie (Wallace) Parmer. He was raised on the east side and graduated from Willis High School. Prior to joining the department, he worked as a parts man for Penn Rubber Supply.

Mr. Parmer was appointed on June 14, 1960. He was a very sensitive person and saw very early that he was not going to like the job he resigned two weeks later. After leaving the department he became employed with the US Post Office. He died in 1992.



Appointed Policeman November 11, 1907

Appointed Plain Clothes Man December 9, 1910

Resigned in 1912

Elected Delaware County Sheriff in 1915

Mr. Pickett was born in 1869. In 1889 he married Lucy Elizabeth Martin of Delaware County. This union produced one child, a son, Luther Elwin Pickett, born in 1891. The 1899 City Directory lists Mr. Pickett as dealer in implements, living at 243 N. Union St. The 1906 City Directory lists him as a Motorman, living at 17 E. William St. with his wife, Lucy.

Mr. Pickett was appointed to the Police Department on November 11, 1907 and on December 9, 1910, he was appointed plain-clothes man, a position previously held by Frank J. Vining. Mr. Pickett resigned from the Police Department in 1912 and by 1915 had made a successful bid for and was elected Delaware County Sheriff. At this time he and his family lived at 39 E. Fountain Ave.

On March 15, 1919, Mr. Pickett died from pneumonia and was buried on lot F15A at Marlborough Cemetery. His son, Luther Elwin Pickett had died of typhoid fever on March 19, 1918 and is buried next to his father. Mr. Pickett’s wife, Lucy, was born December 14, 1869, the daughter of Nehemiah and Elizabeth Risher Martin. In 1925 she married George T. Bennett. She died January 16, 1947 and is buried in Marlborough Cemetery.

It seems Lucy had a younger brother Wesley Charles Martin who was an inventor. Among his inventions were a binder and an airplane, it is said that he was Delaware’s first aviator as he built and flew the first plane in Delaware. He was a bachelor and remained with his parents until his father died in 1917. Wesley sued his mother and siblings for his share of his father’s estate. He won the suit and a sheriff’s sale was ordered. William Pickett was the sheriff at the time.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 21,1888

Served through 1896

Mr. Pliickebaum died May 10, 1919, at 74 years of age. He is buried in St Marys Cemetery.



Appointed Policeman December 24, 1910

Appointed Captain April 17, 1929

Retired June 25, 1936

Mr. Pliickebaum was born in 1876, the son of Frank W. Pliickebaum, who had served several years as a deputy marshal on the department. “Plicky”, as he was known to his many friends, served 25 years on the police force. He joined the local department in December, 1910, as a patrolman, succeeding T.B. Williams, of E. Central Ave, who had been elected sheriff of Delaware County.

On April 17, 1929, Pliickebaum succeeded the late Frank Vining as Night Captain and served in this capacity until retiring. In February of 1936 he became ill, and formally resigned from the force on June 25, 1936. His son, Jerome Pliickebaum, filled the vacancy created by Captain Pliickebaum’s retirement. Officer Pliickebaum received a retirement pension of $79.69 per month until his death.

On Saturday evening, July 10, 1937, at the age of 61, he suffered a heart attack while sitting on the front porch of his home at 301 E William St. and died a few minutes later. He was buried in St. Marys Cemetery.

The former police captain, who was a life-long resident of Delaware, was a member of St Mary’s Church, the K of C, Eagles and C K of O.


Appointed Policeman June 25, 1936

Transferred to Fire Dept December 1, 1939

Appointed Fire Capt. January 1, 1950

Became Fire Chief January 1, 1951

Retired December 1, 1956

Mr. Pliickebaum was born in 1909, the son of Frank W Pliickbaum II. Jerry was the third generation Pliickebaum to serve the city in the Police Department. His grandfather Frank W , was a Deputy Marshal in the late 1800’s and his father, Frank W Pliickebaum II retired from the Police Department, as a Police Captain, on June 25, 1936, the same day Jerry became a Patrolman. Prior to becoming a policeman, Jerry worked as an electrician at the Electric Shop. He lived at 3 Penn. Ave. with his wife Rachel.

Jerry was a jolly, fun loving person who served his community well. He apparently had a greater desire to be a fireman. On August 16, 1936, he passed the civil service test for Fireman. Jerry was appointed Fireman on December 1, 1936. On January 1, 1950, he was appointed Fire Captain and on April 1, 1951, he was appointed Fire Chief. Chief Pliickebaum held this position until his death in 1969.

The Pliickebaum tradition did not end here, Jerry’s son Jim had entered the Fire Department and he too, became Fire Chief.



Appointed Police Officer April 30, 1966

Appointed Sgt April 19, 1973

Appointed Captain January 3, 1979

Appointed Chief of Police June 13, 1984

Retired June 25, 1993

Officer Poulton was born August 25, 1939, in Ironton, Ohio, the son of Curtis H. and Pearle Poulton. He was raised in a law enforcement family, his father being a member of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. He attended school in Delaware and graduated from Willis High School. He worked for a while at Denison Engineering in Marysville, Ohio. He enlisted in the US Army Reserve, where he served six years. He was appointed patrolman in April of 1966, and served as a patrol officer. Officer Poulton became a very good marksman. He participated in several nation matches, and received the Distinguished Police Pistol Award at the 1973 National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi. He is also a member of the respected 1480 Club, organized by the National Rifle Association. Sergeant Poulton was promoted to Captain in 1979, and became a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He was promoted to Chief in 1984 and was instrumental in developing the plans for the Justice Center and the city’s 911 operation. He retired in 1993. He and his wife Janet had two children, Cathy and Michael.


Appointed Policeman June 24, 1952

Appointed Capt October 26, 1968

Retired  January 2, 1979

Captain Riggs was born in Powell, Ohio, on November 15, 1926, the son of Hart C. and Lull (Kent) Riggs. His early years were spent in Powell where he attended Powell Elementary School. During his third grade, he was moved to Delaware and completed his schooling at Boardman and Willis High School.

After graduating from high school, World War II was still in progress, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served 12 years until the war ended. He returned to Delaware and was employed at Correct Manufacturing as a welder for several years. In 1952, Jim passed the civil service test for Police Officer and was employed by the Delaware Police Department.

Being an enterprising person, Jim built his own house at 247 W. Heffner St. where he lived until retirement. He was always ready to help anyone else and often-worked part time jobs in construction. Jim and his first wife, Eileen, purchased and ran a restaurant at 12 W. William St. for a time.

Jim’s industriousness carried over into his job as a Police Officer and many officers looked him up to, as a leader. In Early 1968, he was appointed Acting Captain, to fill and unexpected vacancy, and permanently appointed to that position in October of the same year.

He retired in 1979, and he and his wife, Carolyn Bauder, traveled the country for about a year. They purchased a house in Florida and again, he became a contractor. But the oppressive summer heat was more than he could bear. So they built a house on Lake Erie where he could still be near the water and fishing that he loves.

In searching through the 1944 Delhi, I found the following prophecy written by Senior Jim Riggs “The deed I intend to do is great, but what, as yet I know not”. Well, I think it was great and now we know what it was.

Jim had two children, a son, Dan, and a daughter, Terri.


Appointed October 14, 1985

Resigned 2000

Officer Rospert was born in Bellevue, Ohio, on May 10, 1961, the son of Thomas Frederick and Elaine Mae (Warden) Rospert. He attended Lakewood High School and Bowling Green State University, receiving a B.S. in Criminal Justice in 1983.

While attending Bowing Green State University, he was employed by Bowling Green State University Police Department from July 15, 1982 to 1985. He was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on October 14, 1985. He served as a patrol office for several years and eventually became Police Community Service Officer. He was a member of FOP #56.


Appointed Policeman in May 1900

Retired March 10, 1924

Worked vacations March to July 1929

Mr. Ruder was born in Delaware, on September 19, 1860, the son of Frederick and Barbara (Miller) Ruder. For a number of years Mr. Ruder was a guard at the Girls Industrial Home at Rathbone; was also a popular motor-man employed by the Delaware Electric Railroad and for a time was employed as a butcher.

Mr. Ruder was appointed to the position of Policeman in May 1900, and had the honor of being the tallest Policeman in Ohio. He stood 6’5″ in his stocking feet. With arms extended above his head he measured 105 inches from his feet to the tips of his fingers.

Officer Ruder spent much of his career as a foot patrolman on the east side. One bit of excitement in Officer Ruder’s career was noted in the newspaper. Shortly after 7:30pm one August evening in 1907, one Dennis Rowan, age 28, toting both a .38 and .32 revolver and highly intoxicated, open fire on the unexpecting Officer Ruder who was seated in the vestibule of the old City Hall. A bullet struck Ruder in the arm. Ruder retreated inside through a hail of bullets. At this point Captain Spaulding appeared on the scene. Still shooting, Rowan started east on William St. with Spaulding in pursuit. When Rowan’s gun failed, Spaulding charged him and dropped him with a well-placed blow from a blackjack. In jail, Rowan had little to say except that he was “gunnin for a copper”. Officer Ruder recovered and was shortly back on duty. He retired on March 10, 1924, although he did come back and work vacations in 1929.

 Mr. Ruder’s parents came from Germany and insisted all of their children speak German. Neither Mr. Ruder nor his siblings could speak English when they entered school. In 1882, Mr. Ruder was married to Caroline “Carrie”, the daughter of Peter Ufferman, born in 1860 on what was the Hudson farm, north of the city. Charles and Carrie had ten children, a daughter died prior to 1917. Three other daughters were, Mrs. Daisy Trout, of Delaware; Mrs. Nellie Cramer and Gladys Ruder (Mrs. William (Gladys) Nice), both of Columbus. The boys were Lee, Clyde, George, Edward, Willard and Paul. All the boys except George lived in Delaware. George Ruder, followed in his fathers footsteps and became a Detective Sgt on the Columbus Police Department. Another son Edward, was a well known friend to the Delaware Police Department, he worked as a meat cutter and manager of a grocery. Willard was a lineman for C.D.& M. and the Ohio Power Co. Clyde was a motorman on the C.D.& M. He piloted the car to Columbus when the C.D.& M. was abandoned, and later served as assistant librarian at OWU. Lee was a trouble shooter on the trolley car line in Delaware, later he was employed at the Sun Ray Stove Co.  Paul was employed at the Delaware County Garage.

Charles Ruder died on December 2, 1943, and was buried on lot 42 in the Chapel Lawn section of Oak Grove. His wife, Carrie, died in 1917 and is buried on the same lot.



Appointed Deputy Marshal April 20, 1869

Served through 1874

Mr. Ryan was appointed Deputy Marshal April 20, 1869, and left service on June 1, 1872. He was again appointed Deputy Marshal on May 5, 1873, and worked through 1874.



Appointed Police Officer August 31, 1987

Resigned May 10, 1990

Officer Schemine was born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 7, 1962, the son of Stefan and Edythe (Mangold) Schemine. At the age of 6 months his family moved to Delaware. He attended Rutherford B. Hayes High School and Ohio State University, where he received a B.A. in Political Science.

He was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on August 31, 1987, as a patrol officer. Prior to this he had been employed as a mutual fund representative for Liberty First Securities and a monitoring technician for Geupel Construction Co. He was a member of the Ohio National Guard, starting in April of 1980 (At the time of this writing he had attained the rank of 1st Lt.)

On May 10, 1990, he resigned to take a position as a State Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

He met his wife, Susanne Keefer, a Police Department Dispatcher, and they were married on March 24, 1990, and have one child. He was a member of the Elks and FOP #56.



Appointed Special Police in 1872

Appointed Policeman May 5, 1873

Served through 1874

Oak Grove records show Daniel Sharadin was born in Delaware County and died on April 3, 1902, at the age of 58 years and 7 months. He is buried on lot 8 in the Prospect Hill section.


Appointed Policeman August 1, 1942

Appointed Captain June 1, 1950

Retired in July 1967

Officer Shuster was born in Delaware, Ohio, on September 11, 1911, the son of John Franklin and Mina (Hummel) Shuster. He attended school in Delaware, Ohio, and was life long resident of Delaware County.

Prior to becoming a police officer he was employed at Ohio Wesleyan University as a baker. After passing a Civil Service test, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on August 1, 1942. He worked as a patrol officer until Captain D.M. Morris, his brother-in-law, was appointed Police Chief. At this time, Officer Shuster was promoted to Captain to fill the vacancy. Captain Shuster was the shift commander for the 2nd shift most of the time. He was what some people refer to, as from the Old School. He didn’t have a lot of training but he knew how to get things done. He was very easy to get along with and it was very hard to make him mad, but if you did, you had a problem. He was a fairly big man and strong as a bull, and I don’t think he knew what pain was. He used to tell about getting his tonsils removed. This was accomplished by sitting in a chair at the doctors office, and since it was cheaper to have it done without anesthetic, that’s the way it was done. (He did take the rest of the day off.)

He lived on S. Washington St. (the second house south of the run), with his wife Dorothy. They had two children, Mrs. Joan Needles and Harvey. (Harvey became a Delaware City Fireman and retired as a Captain.) Several years after the death of his first wife, he married Beulah Ford. They made their home near Sunbury.

Captain Shuster died on July 14, 1992, and was buried in Marlboro Cemetery beside his first wife. He was a member of FOP 56 and attended Grace United Methodist Church.



Appointed Police Officer December 8, 1966

Appointed Sergeant April 16, 1973

Appointed Captain November 5, 1980

Retired March 27, 1990

Officer Smith was born in Hamilton, Ohio on April 9, 1943, the son of Donald E. and Dorothy Mae (Hoskins) Smith. He was raised in Westfield, Ohio and attended Elm Valley High School.

Prior to becoming a police office, he spent several tours with the US Marine Corps, serving as a aircraft mechanic. On December 8, 1966, he was appointed to the Delaware Police Department where he served as a patrol officer. He had an innate ability to know where trouble was about to occur. This put him in the position to make a lot of arrests, but it also put him in danger on many occasions. He probably had more guns pulled on him than the rest of the department combined. But somehow he came through without a scratch.

Officer Smith was promoted to Sergeant on April 16, 1973. He served as a road sergeant and shift commander. In January 1976, he was assigned to Police Community Service. He excelled in this position and was promoted to Captain on November 5, 1980. On March 27, 1990, he retired from the Delaware Police Department and accepted a position with a large security firm in Columbus, Ohio.

Mr. Smith and his first wife, Charlotte Johns, had one daughter, Heather. Later he married to Colleen K. Mardis. He was a member of Masonic Lodge, ASIS, American Legion, FOP and Elks.



Appointed Policeman May 4, 1896

Appointed Captain May 1, 1903

Appointed Chief of Police November 11, 1907

Retired June 1, 1930

Mr. Spaulding was born March 19, 1857, in Troy Township, the son of Ellis Spaulding. He was graduated from Troy Chapel School. He moved to Delaware about 1880. After his school days were over, he learned the carpenter trade, which he worked until, he was appointed Policeman in May of 1896. He was the day policeman in the business part of the city. Officer Spaulding was appointed Captain on May 1, 1903, when the Police Department was formed. Captain Spaulding held this position until the resignation of Chief William B Matthews. On November 11, 1907 Captain Spaulding became the second Chief of Police, at a salary of $900 per year.

During his 34 years of service he served for 12410 days. He was on duty 12 hours a day, making a total of about 148,920 hours. During the entire period he was granted only three holidays.

Mr. Spaulding married Miss Carrie Wise. They had one son, Walter Spaulding, City Reporter for the Delaware Daily Journal. He also had one brother, Hosea A. Spaulding, who at one time was the Mayor of Delaware.

Mr. Spaulding was an avid gardener. He enjoyed growing flowers and vegetables and spent his time off working in his garden. Many times a bouquet of flowers, grown in his garden,could be seen on his desk at the Police Department.

Upon his retirement Mr. Spaulding received $84.37 per month in pension until his death. Then Mrs Spaulding started receiving $30 per month, until her death on July 29, 1941.

On March 16, 1939, Mr. Spaulding died at his home at 278 N Union St. He was member of St Johns Lutheran Church and the Delaware Odd Fellows Lodge. He was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery, Lincoln View section.



Appointed Special Police in 1873

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists Henry M. Swope (age 39), Sarah E. (age 36), Mary A. (age 14), Joseph (age 12), Lewis (age 10), Harry (age 7), Anna (age 5) and Katy (age 2), living in Delaware Township.

An Oak Grove record show a Henry Swope, age 54, died in 1886 and was buried on lot 4 in Prospect Cliff section.



Appointed Police Officer October 23, 1967

Retired on disability December 10, 1985

Mr. Tagg was born in Columbus, Ohio, on September 6, 1942, the son of Owen and Florence Myrtle Tagg. He moved to Delaware at an early age and graduated from Willis High School. He was married to Roberta Inglish and they had two children, Karlene D. born in 1967 and Keith G. born in 1969.

Mr. Tagg joined the Ohio National Guard and rose through the ranks to the rank of Captain. For a time he was the commander of the Delaware Unit. He served over 30 years with the guard and US Army Reserves.

Officer Tagg was appointed to the Police Department on October 23, 1967, and served as a patrol officer. One of his interests was airplanes and he had acquired a pilot’s license. The department took advantage of this and utilized his skills many times in aerial observation and search. In 1985, he and another officer, while on an aerial search for marijuana, were involved in an aircraft crash. Had it not been for Officer Tagg’s skills, both would probably have been killed. As it was, both were injured and received disability pensions, but they both went on to live productive lives in other fields.

After retirement Mr. Tagg was employed as a fraud investigator for the Ohio Department of Insurance.

Officer Tagg was a member of the Elks and Optimist Club.



Appointed Special Police August 19, 1942

Resigned March 1, 1946

Appointed Special Police on August 19, 1942, to fill in for James A. Banks who was serving in the U S Army during World War II.

Mr. Tate was born in 1894. He lived his later years at 109 S Liberty St. He was a chauffeur for Dr. Arthur S. Flemming, former president of Ohio Wesleyan, and later was a driver of private cars for the university. At the time of Mr. Tate’s death, Dr Flemming issued the following statement about him. “Tom Tate was one of the finest Christian gentlemen I have ever known. I travelled literally tens of thousands of miles with him throughout the state of Ohio and he rendered outstanding service. Thought of him as one of my real friends. We will miss him very much.” Mr. Tate was a member of the Methodist Church, the White Sulphur Lodge of the Masonic Order and the Columbus Shrine.

Mr. Tate died on August 30, 1959, at the age of 65 years. He was buried on lot 13, in the Highland section of Oak Grove Cemetery.


Appointed Police Officer July 31, 1974

Appointed Sergeant April 11, 1979

Resigned May 12, 1987

Officer Terry was born on April 17, 1949, the son of T. Edgar and Nellie Bonabell Terry. In May of 1971 he graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA, majoring in geology. The next three years he was employed by Ohio Wesleyan University Police Department, serving as a patrol officer, sergeant and acting director.

He was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on July 31, 1974, and served as a patrol officer. On April 11, 1979, he was promoted to Sergeant and assumed the position of Patrol Sergeant. Later he served as Detective Sergeant and Sergeant in charge of Records & Communication. On May 12, 1987, he resigned to take the position of Clerk of Courts for the Delaware Municipal Court. In May of 1989, he accepted a position with the law firm of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, as  Manager of Administrative Services.

Mr. Terry served as Director of Security for The Delaware County Fair, and was a member of the Delaware County Fair Board. He is also a member of the FOP, Delaware Area Crime Clinic and the Elks.

Mr. Terry married Katie McNamara and they had a daughter and a son.



Appointed Deputy Marshal September 4, 1882

Served through 1885

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists a Dennis Turney (age 15), living with Daniel and Catherine Turney (ages 53 & 43), in Delaware Township.

Oak Grove records show Dennis Tierney, age 80, died on June 13, 1934, and is buried on lot 54 St. Marys Cemetery.



Appointed Policeman May 14, 1948

Appointed Captain March 10, 1960

Reduced to Patrolman in 1968

Appointed Sgt March 20, 1974

Retired March 14, 1978          

Mr. Tompkins was born in Delaware, on March 4, 1927, the son of David Wayne and K Madaline (Lewis) Tompkins. He graduated from Willis High School in 1945 and had a B.A. degree from Columbia College. After high school he served in the US Army during World War II. At the end of the war he continued to serve in the US Army Reserve.

After the war, and prior to being appointed to the Police Department on May 14, 1948, he worked as a machinist at Delo Screw Factory. Soon after being appointed to the Police Department, the Korean War broke out and his reserve unit was called to active duty. He saw combat with the famous 3rd Infantry Division in Korea. While serving in Korea he was awarded the United Nations medal, Korean Campaign Ribbon and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was discharged in 1953 as a Sergeant First Class and continued to serve as the First Sergeant of the 175th Q.M. Co. Army Reserve Unit.

Upon returning to the police department in 1953 he served as a patrol officer until March 10, 1960, when he was promoted to Captain. As a Police Captain his duties were that of shift commander of the third shift. Marital problems in 1968 necessitated his return to the rank of patrolman, a position which was not to be held for long. In 1973 he was appointed the first Police Community Service Officer, and was fondly nicknamed “Officer Bill” by school children. On March 20, 1974 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant, the rank and position until he retired on March 14, 1978. In January 1976 he was granted a leave of absence so he could seek the Republican nomination for Delaware County Sheriff. His bid was unsuccessful and he returned to the Police Department.

He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Delaware Area Crime Clinic, Central Ohio Association of Police Community Relations Officers, the National Association of Police Community Relations Officers, the Elks and Moose Lodges . He was the past president of the FOP and Crime Clinic.

After retirement he was employed by the State Department of Taxation. On the morning of October 5, 1979, he died at Riverside Hospital after a long illness with leukemia. 

Officer Tompkins was twice married; he and his first wife Jane E. had three children, Nancy, Richard B. and Thomas Wayne (who died at an early age). He and his second wife, Terri S. (Dever) Tompkins, had two children, Kimberly S. and William David Tompkins.

He is buried in the Wesleyan section, lot 15, of Oak Grove Cemetery.




Appointed Deputy Marshal May 5, 1879

Served through 1881

No other information on Albert Turner.



April 6, 1874, Special Police Worked 10 days

The 1870 census lists Nathan E. Turner (age 31), Ada S. (age 28) and Norwood E. (age 8) living in Delaware Township.



Appointed assistant Constable in 1837

Elected Marshal in April 1858

Reelected Marshal in April 1859

Appointed Special Police in 1860

Elected Coroner in 1863

Elected Marshal in May 1864

Appointed Deputy Marshal March 30, 1873

Elected Coroner in 1876

Worked as Deputy Marshal through 1878

Mr. Vining was born in Delaware County on March 9, 1811, the son of Elam Vining Sr. In 1837, he became an assistant Constable and continued serving in various capacities until 1882, when his failing health caused him to retire. Mr. Vining was elected Marshal in April of 1858, and reelected in 1859. In 1860 he was appointed Special Police, after William Case was appointed Marshal. In 1863, Mr Vining was elected Coroner. In May of 1864, Mr. Vining was appointed Marshal over Mr. William Case, but Mr. Case was elected again the following year.

The years between 1865 and 1873 may have been when Mr Vining served as Constable. At any rate, no mention is made of him until November 3, 1873, when he served 35 days as Deputy Marshal. On May 4, 1874, he was again appointed Deputy Marshal and reappointed in 1875, 1876, 1877 and 1878. During this time he was also elected and served as coroner. (Elected in 1876 for a two-year term). On May 1, 1882, Mr Vining was appointed Deputy Marshal for the last time. He apparently resigned during that year due to his failing eye sight.

Mr. Vining was married to Sarah (Newport) Vining. She was born November 15, 1814 and died on January 6, 1892. He died October 31, 1899, both are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery.

* The following is from the Nov. 2, 1899 issue of The Democratic Herald *

Mr. Elam Carter Vining, the oldest native born white resident, of this county, died this morning at 1:30 o’clock at his home at 125 South Sandusky street after suffering internal injuries sustained from a fall down cellar last Wednesday evening at which time, on account of his blindness, he mistook the cellar door for the sitting room door and plunged head long to the room below.

Mr. Vining had one of the most interesting histories pertaining to his life of any man who lived in this part of the state.

His father was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1772 and came to Delaware county and was married. In 1806 the deceased’s mother died and was buried in Berkshire township where his sister yet resides, aged 87 years.

Mr. Vining Sr., married again and on March 9, 1811, Elam Vining was born. He inherited the frugality and good qualities of both his parents and always lived a life worthy of imitation. He was industrious in his youth and was well liked by everyone. This good quality him his life time and at the hour of his death, his friends numbered into the hundreds.

As a testimony of his sterling worth a review of his military life is subjoined.

For a great part of his life, he took a deep interest in military affairs in this, then village. He was at the head of or in the ranks of more than one company between the years of 1830 and 1862 and had the bearing of a soldier always on the street.

In the latter part of May 1862 upon a requisition of President Abraham Lincoln on Governor Tod, of Ohio, for several Regiments of Infantry and Cavalry for duty for three months (this was the second three month’s call) he enlisted. The Company to which he was attached, was Co C, of the 86th O.V.I. and organized at Camp Chase, Ohio. The company was nearly equally divided between students of the O.V.I. and the Delaware county boys. The company was officered as follows: Captain Alfred N Meade, First Lieutenant Elam C. Vining, Second Lieutenant Hugh Stephen Crawford, the first a student, the second and third citizens of Delaware. Hon. B. Burns, of Mansfield, was Col., the Lt. Col. H B Hunter of Lancaster, O., Major, Wilson C Lemert, of Bucyrus. The Company left Camp Chase on the historical 17th day of June 1862, for Clarksburg, Va. This was at the time when what is now West Virginia was struggling to become detached from the territory lying east of the Blue Ridge. The regiment did much guard duty along the Parkersburg branch of the B.O.R.R. made some narrow escapes from battle with the great hordes of Confederates tramping or riding the grass down under Jenkins, Imboden, and others. At one time in August 1862, six companies of the 86th and the same number of the 6th Va., were left at Clarksburg to guard $1,000,000 worth of military stores, with 25,000 Confederates headed that way, less than a score of miles away. The regiment was mustered out at Camp Delaware September 25, 1862.

His official relationship with city and county bears him another credit. He was one of the youngest officers that ever served in Central Ohio. He began his public life in 1837 as assistant constable and continued until 1882 when he resigned from the police force on account of his failing eyesight which afterward developed into total blindness, for which he drew the governments highest pension. He filled the offices of assistant constable, constable, police, city marshal, sheriff, street commissioner, coroner, all to his credit and to the satisfaction of his constituency. His public life record was his pride and he referred to it during his days of retirement with justified pleasure and pride.

The deceased possessed many traits of character that won him the high esteem of all who knew him. He was kind to everybody and was particularly kind to those in distress. He was in this city, his wife having proceeded him to the other world in 1892, after six days of illness.

The children of the family now deceased are: Maria, Jessie, William, Henry, Florence, Mrs Mary E Archor of Brooklyn and Mrs. Fannie Green of Florida. The survivors of the family are: Mrs J O Smith of Columbus, Mrs. Emma Arrighi a City Missionary in New York. There are 19 grand children and seven great grand children surviving.

The deceased remained conscious until Monday forenoon when he succumbed to the effects of his fall and in which condition he remained until his death.

Prior to his death he gathered together the members of his family representing four generations and had a picture taken. Those represented were E.C. Vining, (the deceased), his daughter, Mrs. Anna Clark, his grand daughter, Mrs. Anna Clark, this city, and Mrs. Ralph Foster, Cleveland, Wallace M. Clark, Dawson City, Alaska, his great grand children, little Edna Clark and Marie Foster.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 1, 1882

Appointed Policeman September 6, 1898

Appointed Night Captain December 9, 1910

Died in Office April 7, 1929

Mr. Vining was born in 1871, the son of Rufus and Julia Vining. He spent his entire life in Delaware. After leaving school, he learned the blacksmith trade and for a number of years was a trusted employee of the Big Four Railroad Company.

Mr. Vining was appointed Policeman in August of 1898, as the day policeman on the east side of the river. He filled this position until he was appointed plainclothes man. On December 9, 1910, he was appointed Night Captain to fill the position previously held by T.B. Williams. (Mr. Williams had been elected sheriff on November 8, 1910 and would be taking office in January.) Captain Vining worked diligently until he became sick March 17, 1929. His illness ended in death on April 7, 1929.

He was a member of the Eagles Lodge and St Mary’s Church. He lived at 172 Lake St.

Mr. Vining married Anna M. Haas in October 1895. This union produced two sons, Charles and Franklin, and three daughters, Frances, Colette and Patricia. Mrs. Vining was born in 1874.

Mr Vining died at his home and was buried at St Mary’s Cemetery, lot 184.



Elected Marshal April 19, 1897

Oak Grove records show a H. Williard Vogt (age 69), who died on September 30, 1918, buried on lot 22 in the Brookside section. Mr. Vogt was born in 1848, the son of the Rev. John and Elizabeth (Karn) Vogt. He was married to Sarah, who died on March 20, 1883, at the age of 40 years, shortly after the birth of a daughter, Sarah May. He was remarried to Fannie C. Vogt, who died on November 8, 1934.



                        Appointed Police Officer April 7, 19997

The subject was born October 1966 in Ilion, NY to Lloyd and Bessie Wadsworth. She attended Herkimer County Community College and Executive Protection Institute. She worked at The Limited five years prior to being appointed. Her father served as Police Officer for 37 years, 20 of those as Police Chief, in Ilion, NY.



Appointed Policeman in August 1929

Resigned February 1930

Mr. Ward was born in Craigsville, W. Va., on August 30, 1899, one of eleven children (all of whom graduated from college) born to George and (first name unknown) (McQue) Ward. He graduated from high school in Craigsville or Sommesville, W. Va. He later attended Ohio Wesleyan University for three years majoring in political science, after which he attended Baldwin Wallace in Beria and studied pre-law.

Prior to his appointment to the Police Department, he had been employed as a school teacher and also worked with the State Liquor Department. After leaving the department he was employed as the City Recreation Director, worked at Universal Cooler in Marion, and as a supervisor at Ranco and Valves & Presses. He served as a union representative while working at the Universal Cooler and was a Republican Party worker and speaker.

Mr. Ward was married to Mildred E. Dall they lived on S Franklin St., and had three children, William, Richard and a daughter. Richard was appointed to the Fire Department and rose to the rank of Captain. Mrs. Ward’s father was Clive Dall, Fire Chief from 1928 to 1941.

Mr. Ward died October 12, 1966, and was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery.



Appointed Policeman in September 1960

Resigned June 10, 1967

Mr. Weber was born in Delaware and attended local schools, graduating from Willis High School in 1948. Prior to becoming a Patrolman he worked in the sheet metal trade. He was appointed to the Police Department in 1960, where he served as a patrol officer until he resigned in 1967. Upon leaving the department he returned to the sheet metal trade. He eventually moved to Marion County.



Appointed Deputy Marshal May 20, 1878

Served through July 5, 1880

During the Civil War Mr. Weiser first served in the regiment band of the 63rd OVI and later with Co F, 96th OVI. The 63rd left for Kentucky on February 18, 1862, and then were ordered to the Army of the Mississippi where they joined other regiments to become the Ohio Brigade.



Elected Marshal in 1867

Elected Marshal April 20, 1869

Mr. Wells was elected Marshal in 1867 and served through May of 1868, when James M. Cochran was elected Marshal. However in May of 1869 Mr Wells was again elected Marshal over Mr. Cochran. He served until the following May (1870) when Mr Owston was elected to the office.

Joseph Wells was born in Hardy County, Virginia, on April 21, 1827, the son of Joseph and Sarah Wells. His mother was born in Ireland and his father in Virginia, where he was a farmer. In 1832, Joseph came with his parents to Ohio and located in Union County, being amongst its early settlers. He learned the carpenters trade in Jerome Township, Union Co., and followed it for seven years. In 1850, he came to Delaware, a poor man, and commenced driving a team. In 1860, he purchased a half-interest in a business and formed a partnership with Mr. Jack Cunningham, running two omnibuses and eight horses. About 1868, Mr. Wells became the sole owner of the business and was very successful. By 1880, his business, the  “Delaware Omnibus Line”, had grown to five fine coaches, baggage wagons, one omnibus and ten horses. He did a good business, attending all trains, and employed four men. Mr. Wells was the first man that attended the train from Delaware and drove a large wedding party eight miles out to the railroad, as the C C C & I R R was not then completed to Delaware. He was married to Miss Ann Case, of Ohio, and by 1880, they had nine children.

The 1870 census lists Joseph Wells (age 44), L.A. (age 45), Mary E. (age 20), Bruce (age 18), Hosea (age 14), Arthur (age 12), Elmer (age 10), Frank (age 8), Theodore (age 6), Burns (age 4) and Mattie (age 2) living in Delaware Township.

Children listed by a family member were as follows: William Wallace Wells born 1846, Rufus Morrison Wells born 1848, Mary Elizabeth Wells born 1849, Robert Bruce Wells born 1851, Loomis Case Wells born 1853, Hosea Williams Wells born 1856, Arthur Edward Wells born 1857, Byron Elmore Wells born 1860, Theodore Wells born 1861, Roberta “Bird” Wells born 1866, Mattie Martha Wells born 1868.

Mr. Wells died February 24, 1882 at 105 E. William Street, at the age of 54. He was buried on lot 31 in Hawthorne Side section of Oak Grove.



Appointed Special Police in 1877

During the Civil War, Samual Wells served three years and three months with Co. C, 4th OVI. The unit was mustered in at Camp Jackson, Columbus, Ohio on April 25, 1861, and served in western Virginia throughout the year. They later served with the Army of the Potomac providing defense in Maryland, Virginia and New York. Some were mustered out in June of 1864, with the remained on July 12, 1865.



Appointed Police Officer March 29, 1978

Resigned September 7, 1985

Born August 20, 1947

Mr. Wery graduated from Manchester High School in Akron, Ohio, in 1965. He attended the University of Akron for the next two years. From 1967 to 1971, he served as a medic in the US Air Force stationed in Cam Rahn Bay in South Vietnam. After being discharged from the Air Force he worked at Martin Memorial Hospital in Mount Vernon from 1971 to 1973.

Wery joined the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department on February 26, 1973. He graduated from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Academy in 1974 and was promoted to Sergeant on September 1, 1977.

Officer Wery was appointed to the Delaware Police Department on March 29, 1978, and served as a patrol officer until his resignation. He resigned on September 7, 1985, to take a job with Honda in Marysville, Ohio.

Office Wery and his wife, Sharon, were the parents of twins, a son and a daughter.



Elected Marshal May 2, 1856

On May 2, 1856, A. Wheeler was elected Marshal, for the sum of $200 per annum.



Deputy Marshal 1860

Coroner in 1862

No other information on B F Willey.



Appointed Policeman in 1900

Appointed Captain November 11, 1907

Elected Sheriff November 8, 1910

Resigned as Police Capt December 31, 1910

Reelected Sheriff November 1912

Born in Brazil, Ind. on April 29, 1869, the son of John and Sarah (Griffiths) Williams. He moved to Jackson County with his parents early in life. Later he moved to Columbus where he was associated with the Busy Bee restaurant for 18 years. When he came to Delaware, he was employed at Bun’s Bakery for several years.

In 1894, Mr. Williams married Lizzy Disdro, of Delaware. This union produced four children by the year 1900.

Prior to becoming a policeman, Mr. Williams was the proprietor of one of the leading restaurants and bakeries in Delaware. Mr. Williams was appointed Policeman in May of 1900. He filled this position well and was appointed Captain on November 11, 1907. During this time he and his wife Elizabeth lived at 271 N Union St. While a Captain of Police, Mr. Williams, a Republican, ran for and was elected Sheriff of Delaware County. He was elected on November 8, 1910, by a vote of 3100 to 3600, He took office in January 1911, for a two year term. He was reelected in November of 1912 and held the office through 1914. Mr. Williams did not run in the general election of November 3, 1914. Williams’ wife, Elizabeth, served as the jail matron during the time he was Sheriff. The Sheriff’s salary at this time was $1690 per year. This was based on the population, $65 per 1,000 for the first 15,000, $55 per 1,000 for the second 15,000.

During the early 1920’s Mr. Williams was the proprietor of the Allen Hotel Dining Room. For three years he was bailiff for Federal Judge Benson W. Hough in Columbus and in 1930 was appointed Probation Officer for the Southern District of Ohio. He held that position until his death on October 10, 1941.

The 1930 Delaware City Directory lists Mr. Williams living at 4 East Central Ave., and occupation as a bailiff. The 1937 City Directory, lists Mr. Williams as a Federal Probation Officer, living at 4 E. Central Ave. The 1947 Directory lists Elizabeth, the widow of Thomas, living at 4 E. Central Ave.

Mr. Williams died of a heart attack while entering Willis High School stadium to watch Delaware vs. Westerville football game. His wife, two daughters, Mrs. Glenn Harrison and Mrs W.O. Seamans, both of Delaware; two sons, Maj. W.R. Williams, Camp Selby, Miss. and W. Wesley Williams, a Federal Deputy Probation Officer, survived him. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, on lot 37, Lake Ridge section. He was a member of the William Street Church, a charter member of the Austin Bible class and member of the Elks and Moose Lodges in Delaware.



Elected Constable Delaware Township in 1886

Appointed Policeman May 1, 1899

Retired March 10, 1924

Officer Wilson was born a slave in Bath County Kentucky, in 1859, the son of Peter and Emily (Wright) Wilson. He came to Delaware County in 1884 and settled in Berlin Township. While a resident of that township he was elected a member of the school board, which he filled with credit. He moved to Delaware in 1886 and was elected to the office of Constable of Delaware Township. On May 1, 1899, Mr. Wilson was appointed Policeman and continued in that position until he retired on March 10, 1924.

After retiring, Mr. Wilson worked in the Parker & Barrett Candy Kitchen and the in the Harter Cafeteria. On October 1, 1954, he died at the age of 95. He was a member of the White Sulphur Masonic Lodge for 65 years, and the L.D. Easton Consistory of Columbus.

Officer Wilson was married to Alice E Moore, and this union produced 14 children.



Appointed Special Police in 1872

The 1870 census lists a William Winn (age 31) in Berkshire Township.


Appointed Police Officer February 26, 1969

Resigned August 30, 1977

Mr. Wintz was born November 10, 1946. After completing school he served with the US Army in South Vietnam. He was appointed to the department in 1969 and served as a patrol officer. He resigned in 1977 and purchased a Lake Street bar, then known as Fred’s Bar. After several years in business he sold the bar and moved to Florida.


Appointed Police Officer March 12, 1962

Resigned in December 1969

Reappointed November 18, 1970

Appointed Sergeant June 12, 1974

Appointed Captain January 3, 1979

Resigned October 12 , 1980

Officer Wygle was born September 9, 1936. After graduating high school he enlisted in the US Navy and served four years. In March 1962, he was appointed to the Police Department where he served as a patrol officer until December 1969. He resigned to accept a position with a trucking company as an inspector. He was convinced to return to the police department in November 1970 and again served as a patrol officer. Because of his strong investigative abilities, he was appointed the first full time detective in November 1972. He proved very successful in this position and was appointed Sergeant on June 12, 1974. He continued to serve as a detective and was promoted to Captain in January 1979. After a few months he developed a desire to do other things and was reassigned as a shift commander. He resigned on October 12, 1980 and reentered the field of trucking. He and his wife, Mary, had five children.



Appointed Policeman November 7, 1930

Acting Capt 1946

Retired February 1, 1948

Mr. Young was born in Morgan County, Ohio, in 1905, the son of John and Agnes Jane (O’Neal) Young. At the age of six months he moved to Delaware, where he spent his lifetime. He was appointed to the Police Department on November 7, 1930 and served as a Patrolman. On July 16, 1946, he was appointed acting Captain, to fill the position vacated by Captain Loader. Mr. Young served in this position until June 1947, when D.M. Morris was appointed Captain, at this time Mr. Young returned to his prior position of Patrolman. He served in this position until February 1, 1948, when he was retired on a disability. Mr. Young was retired on a pension of $130.90 per month.

Mr. Young and his wife, Helen E., lived at 55 University Ave. (beside the old St. Paul’s Church) with their two children. Mrs. Young was a teacher in the Delaware City School System.

He was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Fraternal Order of Police. At the time of his death on September 17, 1965, he was survived by his wife Helen; a son George Hazen; a daughter, Mrs. George J Panagakos of Columbus; three brothers, the Rev. Harry J. Young of Mt Gilead; Clarence H. Young of Columbus and Paul L. Young of Powell. He and his wife are buried in Oak Grove Cemetery on lot 106, in the Heritage Heights section.



Served as Deputy Marshal 1870-79

The 1870 Delaware County Census lists Sol Zeigler (age 30), Emiline (age 29), James F. (age 8), George W. (age 3) and Daisey E. (age 2), living in Delaware Township.

Oak Grove records show Solomon Ziegler, age 45, was born in 1839 and died in 1884. He was buried on lot 45 in the Lake Ridge section. Also listed was his son, George W. Ziegler, a motorman for the CDM, died April 21, 1933, at age 66 and was also buried on lot 45 in the Lake Ridge section.


Appointed Policeman June 15, 1935

Resigned in September 1935

Appointed Fire Department 1941

Appointed Fire Captain 1951

Mr. Zimmerman was born in Delaware, in 1909, the son of H.V. Zimmerman and Mary O. (Lomard) Zimmerman. He spent much of his life in Delaware. His association with the fire department started in 1940, when he worked as a substitute during the illness of Fire Chief Clive Dall. Prior to his service with the fire department he had worked vacation periods in the police department. Mr. Zimmerman received his probationary appointment to the fire department on January 1, 1941, and his permanent appointment 90 days later. On April 20, 1951, he was appointed Fire Captain and held that rank until his death. Mr. Zimmerman was also a partner with his brother, Eugene, in the operation of the C&E Zimmerman Trucking Co. Mr. Zimmerman built the house at 255 Hayes St., where he lived with his wife Martha, until his death.

Mr. Zimmerman died on March 31, 1962, at age of 53 years. He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery on lot 74 in the Sunset View section. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Martha, four sisters; Mrs. Iva Kester of Steubenville; Mrs. Ella Dutcher of Marion; Mrs. Agnes Pinyerd of Cheshire St. and Mrs Gladys Shively of Columbus; and a brother Pearl Eugene, of Delaware. A veteran of World War II, Mr. Zimmerman was a member of the Delaware Elks, Delaware Moose, Raymond B Austin Post of the American Legion and the Amvets.

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