|Birth: ||Jun. 19, 1864|
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death: ||Nov. 21, 1913|
Son of Joseph Grant and Flora Bell MacKenzie.
Married Catherine Fraser about 1894 in Boston, Suffolk, Mass. They were the parents of seven children: Clarence Fraser, Florence, Joseph Willard, Hugh James, Margaret Elizabeth, John William, and Edward Straup Grant.
The Ogden Examiner of Saturday, Nov. 22, 1931, page one under the headline "Hunt Mexican; Slew Three Officers After Killing Countryman"
Police Chief Grant of Bingham and Deputy Sheriffs Otto Whitbeck and Nephi Jensen killed in battle at Saratoga Springs to which place they had trailed fugitive - Desperado fires fatal bullets in answer to demand to surrender - Sleuths dropped to death in snow and "Greaser" continues flight - posses keep up search in hills for murderer of John Valdez, at Highland Boy Mine.
Marshal John W. "Billy" Grant
Died on November 21, 1913
Bingham Police Department
Marshal Grant and Salt Lake County deputies Nephi S. Jensen and George O. Witbeck were shot and killed by a homicide suspect. At approximately 4:30 p.m., the three victims and a fourth deputy cornered the suspect at a farm near Saratoga Springs, having trailed him there from a murder scene near Highland Boy in Bingham Canyon. The suspect ambushed the officers with a lever-action .30-06 caliber rifle, instantly killing Marshal Grant, 39. Deputy Witbeck, 41, was shot through the abdomen and lived for 20 minutes. Deputy Jensen, 40, died shortly before medical aid arrived at the scene three hours later. The fourth officer survived the volley when he was thrown from his horse. The suspect fled the area and led responding officers on a two-day running gunfight back to Bingham Canyon, where he took refuge in the Utah Apex Mine. The mine was barricaded by hundreds of officers, who then cautiously searched the tunnels. A week later, the suspect shot and killed two officers inside the mine. The mine was sealed and pumped full of smoke. Reported sightings of the suspect caused the operation to continue for a month. When the mine was finally opened, the suspect had disappeared. Marshal Grant was married and the father of seven children. He is buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Marshal Grant's bronze name plaque is sponsored by West Valley Police Chief Thayle "Buzz" Nielsen.
Ninety years later, historical research conducted by Salt Lake County Deputy Randy Lish indicated that after fleeing Utah the suspect was shot to death in 1921 by Texas Rangers. In 2003, Salt Lake County District Attorney David C. Yocum signed a memorandum formally closing the investigation into the murders.
*This information was found on utahsfallen.org and posted here with their permission.
Joseph Grant (1835 - 1891)
Florence Bell Mackenzie Grant (1831 - 1878)
Catherine Fraser Grant (1867 - 1949)
Joseph Willard Grant (1898 - 1962)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Maintained by: Cemetery Walker
Originally Created by: Utah State Historical So...
Record added: Feb 02, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 164103
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