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 Webb Sellman Hersperger

Webb Sellman Hersperger

Birth
Seneca, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Death 18 Jun 1933 (aged 31)
Darnestown, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Plot Row F North, Lot 6, Site 3
Memorial ID 63697220 · View Source
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Parents:
- Elmer Clayton Hersperger [1866-1941]
- Anna Poole (Sellman) Hersperger [1878-1923]

Married Etta Virginia Gartrell on December 22, 1925 in Saint John's Episcopal Church, Olney, MD.

Child:
- Webb Sellman Hersperger, Jr.

Hersperger was born in 1902 on the family farm on River Road. He was the son of Elmer and Anna Poole Sellman Hersperger. He attended the Poolesville schools and graduated from Poolesville High School about 1920. Webb was an accomplished baseball player and may have played for the Poolesville town team. After high school, he worked at a variety of jobs before taking a job with the Peoples Life Insurance Company. Webb developed a knack for talking to people and putting them at ease. His travels around the county put him in touch with his clients, and someone suggested that his easygoing demeanor and intelligence might make him a good candidate for the newly-formed Montgomery County Police Department. He also had aspirations of a future in politics and thought that by becoming a police officer he would meet many people who would later support his candidacy for county commissioner. Webb married Virginia Gartrell in 1925 and they moved into a house on the Dr. White property on what is now Elgin Road in Poolesville.

Webb joined the police department about 1930. He immediately became a respected and aggressive police officer.

The fatal accident which took the life of Patrolman Webb Hersperger occurred on a Sunday morning, about 7:30 a.m., June 18, 1933, on the Rockville-Darnestown Road near Quince Orchard. The 31-year-old Montgomery County Police officer had left his home in Poolesville operating his police motorcycle and was enroute to work at the Bethesda substation when he was confronted by a passing vehicle coming towards him, and he collided head-on with the automobile. Hersperger was killed instantly when he was thrown through the windshield of the automobile. The other driver was transported to Montgomery General Hospital for treatment and was ultimately charged with manslaughter and reckless driving by Officer John Butts who had come along within minutes. Ironically, Officer Hersperger knew the operator of the car. Officer Hersperger had been commended often for outstanding service, including a time when he leaped on the running board of a getaway car from a moving police car and arrested two men who had been preying on motorists in Rock Creek Park.

Officer Hersperger was buried at Monocacy Cemetery and his funeral was attended by dignitaries, the judges of the Circuit Court, the county commissioners, and the entire police force. He was the second Montgomery County Police officer to die in the line of duty.



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  • Created by: Glenn Wallace
  • Added: 3 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63697220
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Webb Sellman Hersperger (1 Mar 1902–18 Jun 1933), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63697220, citing Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Glenn Wallace (contributor 46802463) .