100 Years Ago Today

A History Of Events And Happenings From Exactly One Hundred Years Ago

2nd Railroad Policeman Killed In Illinois

John W Kamphouse was a police officer with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department. 6 months ago Kamphouse’s brother-in law officer Edward Spielman was shot and killed in the Proviso yards in Chicago, Illinois.

On November 1, 1912 Kamphouse was preparing to make his final rounds before going home when he saw some suspicious looking men in the rail yard. He left a note for a fellow officer and went to investigate. He failed to report for work the following day.

After Officer Kamphouse’s wife reported that he had never come home from work the previous evening, a search was begun. An hour later, a railroad employee found Officer Kamphouse dead of a single gunshot wound to the head on the north side of the yard. Kamphouse was shot and killed less than 200 feet away from the spot his brother-in-law was killed six months earlier.

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