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William Henry Garlick

  • Birth 18 Jul 1867 Texas, USA
  • Death 23 Jun 1913 Smeltertown, El Paso County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Valentine, Jeff Davis County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 76436283

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Deputy Sheriff William Henry Garlick
El Paso County Sheriff's Department Texas.
End of Watch: Monday, June 23, 1913

Biographical Info
Age: 45
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Monday, June 23, 1913
Weapon Used: Handgun; Luger
Suspect Info: Juan Gauderrama

Ranger Captain John R. Hughes assigned Private Scott Russell to accompany El Paso County Deputy Sheriff W. H. Garlick to serve a warrant for arrest on Manuel Guaderrama for rustling. The Guaderrama clan was well known to law enforcement. The two lawmen went to a business (store & saloon) owned by Manuel and his brother, Juan, in an unincorporated industrial area called Smeltertown. To avoid arousing suspicion, the officers entered under the pretext of buying tobacco.

Juan and his mother, Marina, were the only people in the store. Unexpectedly, Private Russell was smashed in the head with an axe handle by Marina. Juan pulled a Lugar and killed both Russell and Garlick. He pulled down the curtain and hacked at the fallen officer's heads with a hatchet. Juan discovered he had accidentally shot and mortally wounded his mother. Juan's wife arrived and removed both officer's six gun's and Russell's gun belt. They called police and reported the officers were drunk and had struck his mother.

Lawmen believed the Guaderrama clan planned the murders in revenge for the rustling investigation. Thirteen members of the clan were arrested. Seven were no billed by the grand jury and six, including Juan, were indicted for murder. The clan retained top legal talent. Five were tried on January 13, 1914, but the jury deadlocked. Rangers and deputies raised funds to aid the district attorney in the second trial. Unfortunately by the June 1915 trial, only Juan Guaderrama was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 5 years in prison.

Deputy Garlick had been with the agency for seven years and was survived by his wife and four children. He was buried in the Valentine Cemetery in Jeff Davis County.

See related entry for:
Scott Russell (Died June 23, 1913)
East Memorial Cemetery
Stephenville, Texas.

Source: The Officer Down Memorial Page, Inc.

Bio by: C. Fahey

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  • Created by: Diane & John
  • Added: 13 Sep 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 76436283
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Garlick (18 Jul 1867–23 Jun 1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 76436283, citing Valentine Cemetery, Valentine, Jeff Davis County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Diane & John (contributor 46842343) .