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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"


Chapter  24 -
Eau Claire Fire Department

by James P. Welsh

Police Department

(-as transcribed from page 401)

The city of Eau Claire has always had an efficient police department, which has been guided by the following chiefs:  Victor Wolf was the first chief of the department, and Lewis Paris and James Harmson were the first policemen.  Victor Wolf served until 1875, and was succeeded by Michael Fleming.  A. M. Sherman was the next chief in 1876, and he was followed by Charles H. Jefferson in 1877; Victor Wolf in 1878; Thomas Donnelly in 1879-1880-81-82-83-84-85-86-87-88-89 and 1890, his service of twelve years being the longest of any one who has held that position.  John Higgins became chief in 1891 and held the office four years.  Lafayette Elliott took charge of the force in 1895, and served until Henry L. Day was elected mayor in 1897, and John Higgins succeeded him and served continuously until March 15, 1907, when he resigned, having been int he service constantly for eleven years.  Ed J. O'Brien was appointed to fill the place March 18, 1907, and served until November 11, 1909, when he tendered his resignation to take affect December 1 of that year.  Lafayette Elliot was appointed chief on November 26, 1909, and is still serving in that capacity.



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