Type of Officer: Special Officer
Jurisdiction: Santa Fe Railroad
Death Date: 811/13/1927
Added to Memorial: 2007
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Several weeks prior to his death on November 13, 1927, Santa Fe Railway Special Officer Earl Scothorn was on duty in the Santa Fe rail yards in Argentine when he received injuries believed to have been a result of being struck by a train. The January 1928 Santa Fe Employee Magazine noted that “Scothorn was injured in an accident while performing his duties, and the shock was too severe to overcome.” This same magazine noted that there was a high death rate among Santa Fe Railway employees from being fatally injured while getting on and off locomotives and boxcars. Special Officer Scothorn was 32-years-old at the time of his death. Prior to working for Santa Fe, he had been a Lawrence, Kansas police officer.