Patrolman August Harting

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Patrolman August Harting

March 20 1885 2

The Article was published on 20 March 1885

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End of Watch 20 March 1885
City, St. UNK
Panel Number N/A
Cause of Death Bright's Disease

 

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Jesse James

Monday, 16 November 2020 12:40

Jesse James

The Baltimore Sun Sun Aug 25 1929 Jessie James Frey 72

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Jesse James Once Lived in Baltimore

25 Aug 1929

He stayed here more than once as did other well-known western characters from American history. Doc Holiday for one was trained as a dentist here in Baltimore at the University of Maryland Dental School. Getting back to the James Boys, it seemed when things got hot, they found their way to Baltimore where Jesse stayed under his alias Thomas Howard. Neighbors said he was a calm easy-going man. Approx. 1879 at the end of what was known as the “Serious Seventies” Baltimore was a quiet town. It had cobble stone streets for which barouches and other such vehicles of the time bumped and clattered their way over. The population at the time was only made up of 330.000 and city government only collected about $4 million a year in taxes. The mayor at the time was Ferdinand Latrobe who began his career as mayor and continued the position for seven terms. The Northern boundary of the city was North Ave. and its intersection with Madison Ave.

Jesse James’ Family Headquarters

Of all the parts of Baltimore’s history, Jesse and Frank James staying along with their families was not known until the 1920’s. It turns out that the bandit, his wife, kids, and his brother Frank James sometimes made Baltimore their headquarters and this took place during the serious and picturesque seventies. There was a story of a close call of what would have been a shootout between Frank James and our Baltimore City Policemen of the time.  Frank James lucked out, also prevented the thrill of anyone knowing the James boys were harbored by this city. It wasn’t often that Jesse James would leave a clue of his true identity when he galloped away from a crime back to where he once came, said, Robertus Love, a former newspaper writer, who knew Jesse personally and for a short time road with the James Boys in order to pen Jessie’s biography, “The Rise and fall of Jesse James,” Love liked Jesse very much.  Mr. Love wrote, “Mr. James stated that the family had lived at Nashville, and elsewhere in Tennessee in recent years, and for a time in Baltimore Md., and for some months in Kansas City just removing to St. Joseph.

Where did they live? The records are unclear, and the reason is unclear, he obviously didn’t give the name Jesse and Frank James, Thomas Howard wouldn’t have been as well know back then as it became after his having been killed. When Mrs. James spoke, she said, “We came here to live as other people do. They tell some hard things about my husband, but a better man never lived. He never drank, smoked, or chewed. He never liked whisky. He never swore in my presence and wouldn’t allow others to do so,” Jesse was evidently a good husband and father. A good family man.

A Good Neighbor

“Tom Howard” was the name taken by the man who was much “wanted by the police” in those days, and in all probability he was so successful in his attempt to “live as other people live” that his presence among them created no suggestion of a ripple in the quiet lives of his various neighborhoods. At the time of his death several people who had known him in various cities gave testimony that Tom Howard was “a good neighbor.” There were many who believed Jesse James was not an outlaw and bandit by choice, but that after the civil war he became involved in the guerrilla warfare which continued for some time between the border states, and through these conflicts becoming attached to an outlaw band, he found it impossible to break away. He had a ton of friends among law-abiding groups making it easy to slip in and out of towns where he did not commit crime and blend right in. There were many neighbors that said he attended church and sang all the hymnals, though they say he was obviously a better bank robber than he was a singer. A Baptist Minister once asked Jesse why he does not stop the things he is doing? Jesse answered, “If you’ll tell me just how I can stop, I’ll be glad enough to stop; but I don’t intend to stop directly under a rope!” His brother frank found a way to stop, he made his way into see a governor in the state of Missouri and turned himself in. He was tried for one crime in a plea deal, served his term, came out of prison, and lived to be a respectable member of society. It was at this period in his life that he told a story of his experience in Baltimore City. At the time of the telling he was employed as doorkeeper at a prominent theater, and the tale was related to a man who was then a young detective.  The story was told in Mr. Love’s book was based on Frank James’ theory that “the officer always gets it when he least expects it” “He the illustrated his point by relating his Baltimore experience, as he put it, “They thought they wanted me.” He said he was stopping in Baltimore; he had a room in a house built of solid block of dwellings with no space between them. One night he wanted something to eat, so he took a walk to a nearby market that was open. On the way back to his room with a basket of food on his left arm, his coat collar turned up and his hat brim turned down, he noticed a number of policemen walking up and down in front of his house and they were waiting for him to return. He said, “I was too close to turn back without drawing their suspicion. Directly across the street from the policemen I noticed a white horse hitched to a buggy; the street was well lit from gas lamps and the horse showed up quite well in the mellow gleam.

“I decided quickly upon my plan of action. Probably the officers, I thought, had the block surrounded. My plan was to walk straight on past them if they didn’t interfere with me; I would not go into my room at all. If they attempted to capture me, I would try to reach the horse and buggy by “shooting it out” with the officers. And then drive away as fast as that horse would have taken me.”  - “James said he walked along with his six shooter, which he had harnessed under his left arm. His right hand thus was concealed under his coat and under the arm in which the basket hung. Approaching the bunch of officers, he edged out toward the curbing, intending to walk around them as though he had not noticed them especially. When he was opposite the officers, one of them reached out a hand to stop him. James sprang backward into the street, off the sidewalk, toward the horse and buggy, pulling his pistol from its place, but not quite getting it out – not so that it was visible to the policemen.  “Well, sir, what is it? What is it?” James asked the officers who had tried to stop him. “Don’t be scared, “ said one of the officers, with an oath; we’re not going to hurt you,” James again said, “What is it?” expecting every second to find it necessary to open fire and “get” as many of them as he could, when another officer in a rather gentle tone said, “Say, don’t be afraid of us; we’re not going to harm you, man; we simply want to get men enough to serve as a jury in a coroner’s case where a man in the house next door to my house had died without medical attention, by natural cause or otherwise.” “James then saw, he stated, that the policemen were in front of the house adjoining the one where he was roomed…... he “simply told them he was not a citizen of Maryland but lived in Washington.”  But those Baltimore Policemen never knew how close they came to shooting it out with Frank James, and or how far from James his outlaw brother Jesse might have been.

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Baltimore Fun Facts

Saturday, 10 October 2020 22:36

A list of known firsts that occurred right here in Baltimore. 

Patrolman Charles R. Bozman

Thursday, 08 October 2020 04:36

Patrolman Charles R. Bozman

While this is not a line of duty death, it was the result of a combination of the job and stupidity, therefore we should rememebr Patrolman Charles R. Bozman, and hopefully by taking a minute to rememebr him, we might reduce the chances of similar deaths in the future. By educating our Brothers and Sisters to be more serious about the weapons we carry, hopefully we can prevent us from ever having to take a moment of silence in the future for this type senseless act. Let us remember our Brother Patrolman Charles R. Bozman who today 5 March 1932 in Baltimore  Police History lost his life as he carelessly began playing with his issued service revolver. In a carry-out full of people he drew his service weapon, put it to his head and began using it to scratch his inner ear as he said something to the effect of this is the perfect way to clean out your ear. Just then the pistol discharged instantly taking his life   #‎BPDNeverForget‬

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Detective Patrolman Charles H. Read

Monday, 21 September 2020 05:39

Detective Patrolman Charles H. Read

Patrolman Killed Instantly in Crash

Detective Patrolman Charles H. Read, 30 years old, of the 3800 block of Yolanda Road, was killed instantly early last night [16 Nov 1943] when his automobile left the East Lane on E. 33rd St., near Ednor Road, ran up onto the parkway and into a tree.

Patrolman Charles M. Michael, 28, of the 2700 block of Maryland Avenue, who was the passenger in the car, received a laceration to the scalp and chin as well as a contusion of he left leg. He was admitted to Union Memorial Hospital.

Both patrolmen were off duty and on their way home from working their shifts at the department at the time of their accident. Read, who had been a member of the police department for over three years was married but had no children.

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Sergeant Paul E. Meeks

Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:31

Sergeant Paul E. Meeks Dies

Police Officer Stricken Suddenly with Apoplexy at his Home
 

26 Dec 1915

Sergeant Paul Meeks Died suddenly from a Apoplexy as he was leaving his house to head into work for his shift. The 37 year old Sergeant lived in the 1900 Blk. of Mosher St. The sergeant had enjoyed excellent health, turned to his wife and told her he wasn't feeling right and asked that she summon the family doctor. By the time the physician had arrived the sergeant was dead. . The good sergeant left behind a widow and four children, one of which a boy who was blind.

Meeks joined the police force on 15 Aug 1901 and was assigned to the Northwestern district where he would continue to work unto 15 Aug 1914 when he was promoted to Sergeant and transferred to the Western District.

Only six weeks prior to his death did he join the Police Benefit Association. So his widow was qualified to receive a financial aid, rendered from the program. 

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Patrolman Charles W. Robb

Friday, 11 September 2020 04:09

Patrolman Charles W. Robb 

31 Oct 1926

On this day 31 Oct 1926 in Baltimore Police History, Patrolman Charles W. Robb [Northern District] took his own life out of shame for an accident that had occurred a day earlier [30 October 1926] in which the vehicle he had been operating was struck by another causing a permanent life threatening injury to one of the passengers a Miss Elizabeth Miller that was in his care. Ms. Miller and her friend Miss Pauline Shaw were being escorted to Miss Shaw's residence in the 400 block of Hawthorn St. when the vehicle they were in reached the intersection of Charles Street and Cold Spring Lane and was struck by a vehicle owned and operated by a Mr. Emil Stuart.

Patrolman Robb and his partner Patrolman James Novak had been transporting the young ladies in a departmental vehicle at the time. The driver of the striking vehicle, Mr. Stuart was a student of Johns Hopkins University he was transported to an area hospital for treatment, where he was also taken into custody, arrested and charged with reckless driving, speeding, failing to yield the right of way, and failing to have an operators card at the time of the accident. The two Patrolmen, Robb, and Novak were both suspended by their Captain [Frank R. Gatch] pending the outcome of the investigation. Reports at the time said the police car had been thrown 75 feet, due to the speed and impact of Mr. Stuart's vehicle.

Patrolman Robb shot himself through his heart with an issued service revolver. Miss Miller died 2 hours later from her wounds. Those that think Officers are some kind of machines that have no hearts, and don’t care, don't realize just how much this job takes from our police, and while this will unlikely ever officially be considered a line of duty death by the city, or the city police department, we at the Baltimore Police Historical Society hope you will agree with us in feeling, as if his vehicle had not been struck that day, Patrolman Robb would have gone on to live a full and complete life. It was his heart, his caring for the community, and his being a Baltimore Police Officer, that was he himself the victim of an accident that ruined and eventually took the life of a girl that was in this officer’s care, that gave him a kind of PTSD causing him to take his own life. For that reason, we feel his death was not only work related, but caused by the job, and for that reason we feel his life was taken from him in the line of duty. Therefore, we’ll put his name on this page and all other pages on our site with his fallen brothers and Sisters.  

May he rest in peace, and never be forgotten. 

 The Baltimore Sun Mon Nov 1 1926 PRT 1 72

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Patrolman John Neill

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 16:50

Patrolman John Neill

The Baltimore Sun Mon Feb 6 1956 fallen officer 72

1956 - 6 Feb 1956 - We lost our Brother Patrolman John Neill  

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End of Watch 6 February, 1956
City, St. 1500 Covington St
Panel Number N/A
Cause of Death Line of Duty Illness
District Worked Eastern
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