George William Mattern

George William Mattern

Polk County, Iowa, USA
Death 12 Apr 1918 (aged 28)
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Burial Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa, USA
Plot Block 11, Lot 64
Memorial ID 52423158 · View Source
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Patrolman George Mattern was appointed to the Des Moines Police Department on May 16, 1916. He was assigned as a patrolman in the downtown area. On the evening of August 8, 1917, Officer Mattern was patrolling his beat when he heard shots being fired. As he headed towards the direction of the shooting, he met the bandit and a shoot-out occurred with Officer Mattern being struck by a bullet in the abdomen.

The suspect, who was fleeing from another police officer after holding up a bar, escaped without injury. He was described as a white male in his early 20's. Even after an extensive search and investigation, no suspect was ever apprehended.

Officer Mattern was taken to Mercy Hospital where he underwent surgery. On April 12, 1918, he passed away from effects of the bullet wounds.

George Mattern was survived by his wife, Grace, and two daughters.
(Taken from the Blue-Line)

*The following was taken from the Cold Case File; by Nancy Bowers.

George W. Mattern was born January 26, 1890 in Lee Township of Polk County, the first child of German immigrant Anna Gobeli and William J. Mattern, a native of Ohio. He had two siblings: Carl Joseph Mattern and Marie Mattern Christiansen.

George Mattern, who worked as a drug clerk before becoming a policeman, married Grace Demosf. The couple had two daughters — Helen was five and Marcella was not quite one when their father died. Grace never remarried and at the time of the 1940 U.S. Census was living in Des Moines with her daughter Helen and son-in-law Wilbert Dennis.

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  • Created by: David Dearinger
  • Added: 15 May 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 52423158
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