|Birth: ||Aug. 7, 1867|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 25, 1910|
New Castle Town Marshal John M. Rennix was shot by drunken saloon owner William "Billy" Griffith in a dramatic altercation on the afternoon of Nov. 24, 1910. Griffith was upset with citizens who testified against him during an assault conviction in a Glenwood Springs courtroom. He walked on to Main Street, intoxicated and armed, and challenged witness Frank Sample. Marshal Rennix intervened and was shot in the lower abdomen. Although seriously wounded, Rennix was able to shoot and wound Griffith in the shoulder, as the local saloon owner was gunning for revenge and chasing Sample.
Griffith retreated to his second-floor room in the nearby Trimble building at Third and Main streets. He later fired out the window and killed citizen William Davis. Griffith committed suicide as lawmen and a posse surrounded the building.
Rennix was taken by train to the sanitarium in Glenwood Springs where he was operated on but died the next day at the age of 43, leaving behind four daughters and a widow. His grave was unmarked until 2009 when the town council dedicated a period headstone to match the one on his wife's grave.
Marshal Rennix is memorialized at Panel: 49-E: 17 on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC and on the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial in Golden.
Lieuvernia May Poe Rennix (1872 - 1901)*
Marshal John M. Rennix
Husband of Lieuvernia May Rennix
Aged 43 years
Died November 25, 1910
Plot: Plot 3, Lot 237
Maintained by: George Bacon
Originally Created by: Donna Hebein
Record added: Apr 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67988791