Chief Desmond Gets a New Assistant

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     On Monday, December 15, 1902, St. Louis Police Assistant Chief of Detectives James H. Smith retired from the police department to take a position in the coal industry.  Chief of Detectives William Desmond attempted to convince Smith to stay but he decided to retire from the force as his fortieth birthday approached.      Smith compiled a commendable record as

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St. Louis Police Catch Robber of Policeman

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     On Monday, March 5, 1900, St. Louis Police Officers Thomas Meagher and Thomas Degnan apprehended men who robbed an East St. Louis Officer of his gun.  Ed Sullivan, a 22 year-old transient, robbed an East St. Louis Police Officer of his gun, jewelry and possessions in late February 1900.      Officer Thomas Meagher observed Sullivan and Harry Davis walking

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St. Louis Police Protect 1904 World’s Fair

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     The Louisiana Purchase Exhibition or 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair as it is more popularly known is the most significant event in St. Louis, Missouri history.  While St. Louis was the largest city west of the Mississippi River, the World’s Fair put it on the international map.  While the fair would bring notoriety, tourists and increased revenue to the

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Chief of Detectives Desmond Solves Cooper Killing

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     On Thursday, January 23, 1902, St. Louis awakened to the news millionaire A. Deane Cooper was found murdered in the Vista Bathhouse at Franklin Avenue and North Grand Boulevard.  Cooper owned residential real estate and other assets valued at 2 million dollars.  Cooper aspired to be the biggest property owner in St. Louis.  He may have accomplished the feat

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