Marshal Gibson was murdered in Horicon as he found,arrested and went to lock up a drunk tramp who was making a disturbance, allowing the Marshal to let go and the tramp drew a revolver immediately and shot the Marshal in the head.
This was in October of 1882 . As the tramp turned the gun on the person behind him that had also held him the pistol was wrenched out of his hand, but in the confusion, he escaped. All that night there were parties searching for him. He was about 30 years of age, dressed in the usual farmer style over-hauls and he had dropped his cap. Men will be searching for him all over the country.
The man that had been holding the tramp from behind was Julius Winnefeld. Julius had wrenched the weapon from him.
At the time the shot was fired, an alarm of fire was sounded at the Van Brunt & Davis Co’s seeder manufacturer which roused the whole village. The fire and murder scenes were in the same block. Winnefeld was calling out ‘murder’ as loud as he could and people passed within a few feet of the Marshal but in all the disorder no one heard this one cry for help. When the fire was subdued the large crowd heard that Marshal Gibson was lying in a dying condition the Marshal was carried into the house of Issac Chandler. A doctor was immediately called who pronounced him beyond medical or surgical aid. Now an hour had passed with the criminal having a good start into the night but at 9 pm there were two hundred men out searching. Every farmer had been waken, given a description and told to pass the news. People went to neighboring towns to notify the officials and the people.
Marshal Gibson lived four hours after being shot. He was deceased by midnight never knowing what killed him. He was a good marshal and had been on the job for two years. He was sixty years of age, a widower for many years, but has kept his family of three sons and one daughter together in a most respectful manner. He had been an employee of Van Brunt for many years and was a good worker and associate. The village lost a good honorable citizen and Marshal and his children lost a kind and thoughtful parent.
There was a report that reached town the next morning that a horse and buggy belonging to Fred Puls, a German farmer living one mile east of Horicon on Sauk road, was stolen last night. The village assumed it was the murderer. A telegram from West Bend got here around noon stating that a horse and wagon answering the description of the one stolen was found at a farm house of W. Rusch in Addison, Washington County.
The men were excited at the prospect of getting the criminal back here. If that would happen the lynch law would be enacted. A liberal reward is offered for his apprehension. A man about 5 feet 8, stocky in build weight about 170 pounds with thin dark hair and a mustache and chin whiskers. The age stood closer to 40 years.
Later on Thursday October 26, 1882 it was posted in the Beaver Dam Argus that little else was known about the murderer except that he had come on Wed in the previous week and stopped at the American House during the night. The next day he had been in the local saloons all day and then put to bed by Charles Herker, a saloon keeper. He woke at 5 pm and renewed his drinking becoming disorderly. At 8 pm the Marshal arrested him when he tried to put him in lock up the man pulled a 40 caliber “bull-dog” revolver and shot him in the head. The ball penetrated the skull just at the top of the left ear taking part of the ear and passing directly to the brain.