Herzog, Frank A. 1884 – 1916
Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 4/21/2021 at 22:59:20
Cresco Plain Dealer Apr. 21, 1916 P-1 C-3
Deputy Sheriff Killed at New Hampton.
Early Friday morning, a burglar blew a safe in a lumber yard office at New Hampton, securing only about $10 in cash. In a round-up of suspicious characters, the sheriff was informed that a man was in the woods just east of town, and he sent his son with deputy sheriff Frank A. Herzog and the party giving the information to arrest the fellow. Upon arrival at the place, all three walked toward the thief who was setting beside a big tree. When within about 20 feet of the man Herzog ordered him to hold up his hands. The thief leaped behind the tree and fired three shots at Herzog, the first striking him in the hip and ranging upward into the abdomen, producing an internal hemorrhage which caused death on Sunday morning.
Herzog’s companions, being unarmed, fled and summoned the sheriff who summoned aid and followed the thief who had left the woods and struck off towards town, finally hiding behind a rock pile near the greenhouse. Many shots were exchanged, the murderer probably realizing that capture or death was inevitable, turned his own gun on himself and blew out his own brains. No name could be found on him but a pawn ticket found on him led to the information that it was issued at Terre Haute, Ind., Feb. 21st to C. K. Jones of Effingham, Ill.
Deputy Sheriff Herzog was a young man 32 years of age and leaves a wife and three children, the oldest about five years of age. He left neither insurance or property and at a mass meeting of New Hampton citizens, $1576 was raised for the family and further donations will be asked from everybody in the county.
Transcriber’s Note: Find a Grave shows he was born in 1884 and died April 16, 1916. He is buried in the New Hampton Cemetery.
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