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Charles Albert Washburn
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Birth: 1849
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1884
Wright County
Minnesota, USA

A little over 125 years ago Charles Albert
Washburn, a Constable who lived in
Otsego, was shot and killed in the line of
duty. This May 13th Charles Washburn
will be honored, along with other
law enforcement officers that
have given their lives in the line of
duty, at the National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial in Washington D.C.
This recognition has come about as
the result of work done by the Wright
County Sheriff's Department and in
particular, Sgt. Peter Walker. For about
four months last year Walker worked
to gather the information necessary
to have Washburn's name added to
the memorial. Once he had submitted
the material concerning Constable
Washburn's death, Walker heard back
from the National Law Enforcement
Officers Memorial Fund almost
The History of Wright County, by
Franklin Curtiss-Wedge recounts the
details. On October 19, 1884 35 yearold
Constable Charles A. Washburn was
given a warrant to serve on Granville
Spaulding, a Monticello resident
who had made a number of threats.
Washburn found out that Spaulding
was going to be at a home "three
miles below Monticello" and went there
to wait. When Spaulding came to the
home's door, Washburn shouted
to Spaulding that he was under
arrest. Gun fire sounded and shots
were exchanged, Washburn was
wounded. Ten days later on
October 29 at about noon, Washburn
died as a result of the gunshot.
The funeral was held
October 31, 1884 and he was buried at
the Otsego Cemetery. The death was
doubly hard on his wife, Alma, as she
had just given birth weeks earlier to the
couple's son, Charles Eldrich Washburn.
Spaulding was put on trial, convicted
and sentenced to be hanged for the
murder of Charles Washburn. However the
State Supreme Court vacated that sentence
and Spaulding was retried. In the second
trial he was once again convicted, but was
sentenced to just two years in state prison.
There is a bit more to this story. The
practice of working in law enforcement has
apparently been instilled in Washburn's heirs. The great, great grandson of
Charles Washburn, Troy Morrell, is a member of the law enforcement
community today. Morrell worked as a
sheriff's deputy for four years and for
the past 13 years has been a member
of the Minnesota State Patrol. After two
years in the Mankato district Morrell
moved to this area of the state and now
serves the same area of Minnesota that
his great, great grandfather had served
125 years ago.
From Otsego View April-May 2010
Family links: 
  John Ward Washburn (1811 - 1984)
  Mehitable Lawrence Washburn (1812 - 1892)
  Alma Sible Bliss Hamlet (1858 - 1931)
  Delbert E. Washburn (1878 - 1906)*
  Mildred Florence Washburn Lempe (1882 - 1975)*
  Clarinda Washburn McLeod (1834 - 1914)*
  Melvin Decker Washburn (1846 - 1921)*
  Charles Albert Washburn (1849 - 1884)
*Calculated relationship
Otsego Cemetery
Wright County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Theresa Phillips
Record added: Jun 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54099810
Charles Albert Washburn
Added by: Theresa Phillips
Charles Albert Washburn
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Rest in eternal Peace
- Ann Joscher
 Added: Mar. 31, 2013

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