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City Marshal William D. Patton
On Saturday, July 2, 1881, while standing on the Fayetteville Down Square, Marshall William S. Patton, along with Deputy Sheriff, John Mount were ambushed by "...parties lurking in the shadows of adjacent buildings, poured a murderous fire upon them and both fell on the found in the agonies of death." Marshall Patton was shot three times and Deputy Mount was shot twice. Governor Churchill issued a proclamation officering a reward of $500 each for the “…apprehension of the assassins.”, but their killers were never captured.
Marshall Patton was survived by his wife and five children.
The Galveston Daily News, July 6, 1881.