Thomas Dodsworth buried in Section 12, North of Road


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Thomas Dodsworth buried in Section 12, North of Road

Respected police officer Thomas Dodsworth (b. 1862, d. 1913) was shot and killed by bootlegger “Duck” Williams on July 16, 1913. In 1913 Champaign County was by law a dry county though that was far from the reality. On the afternoon of July 16, Officer Dodsworth and Police Chief Keller entered 111 North Champaign St. with a warrant charging “Duck” with 7 accounts of liqueur violation. “Duck” opened fire on the chief and Dodsworth rushed to protect him and was fatally shot (Daily Illini 1913). Champaign-Urbana was deeply shocked by these events. Mayor Dobbins proclaimed his commitment to clean up Champaign saying “the bootlegger and the lawless element must go” (News-Gazette, July 2013).

Image courtesy of Officer Down Memorial Page (http://www.odmp.org/officer/4149-patrolman-thomas-dodsworth)


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