Type of Officer: Special Police
Jurisdiction: Oswego
County: Labette
Death Date: 10/3/1874
Added to Memorial: 1987
Circumstances of Death: Stabbing
William Hugest attempted to quiet a disturbance at the county fairgrounds between John Bagby and another man who were in an altercation about a seat in the fair’s “rotary swing” ride. When Hugest attempted to arrest Bagby, Bagby stabbed the policeman with a large pocketknife. Another policeman, Charles Westfall, rushed to assist and also was stabbed but later recovered. Hogsett died on the scene. The constable and others arrested Bagby but, fearing the crowd was “ready to lynch Bagby on the spot . . . spirited him away to Fort Scott.”