Type of Officer: Deputy Sheriff
Jurisdiction: Sumner County
Death Date: 9/22/1935
Added to Memorial: 1999
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
In the early morning hours of Sunday, September 22, 1935, Officer Morgan was making his rounds as night watchman in Belle Plaine. A few days earlier, he had served papers on a local man whom he had known for some years and counted as a friend. The fact that Morgan had served the papers caused resentment which grew worse in the other man’s mind after a Saturday night of heavy drinking. Around one in the morning the man attempted to get into a fight with Morgan but was talked out of it. Two hours later the man returned with a gun, took Morgan by surprise, and shot him. Officer Morgan died almost immediately. Forty-eight years of age, he was survived by his wife.