Type of Officer: Special Officer
Jurisdiction: Santa Fe Railroad
County: Cowley
Death Date: 10/5/1901
Added to Memorial: 2007
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
On the night of October 5, 1901, Santa Fe Special Officer George C. Montgomery sat at a table in his Winfield home preparing his weekly reports for the Santa Fe Railway home office in Topeka. From directly outside his sitting room window an unknown assailant fired a shotgun blast killing him instantly. Numerous threats had been made by cowboys against Special Officer Montgomery’s life because of his investigations. One such threat against his life had been inscribed on a brick at the Santa Fe depot in Winfield prior to his death. Several individuals were subsequently arrested and trials held, however no one was ever convicted of Montgomery’s death.