Clarkson looks to honor late marshal

Chief requesting public’s help

By Matt Lasley -

The Clarkson Police Department is requesting the public’s help to honor a Clarkson Town marshal killed in the line of duty.

On Oct. 10, 1910, Clarkson Town Marshal Thomas J. Skaggs was shot and killed in the line of duty while returning a prisoner to Henderson, KY.

According to Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith, efforts are now being made to add Skaggs to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial Wall in Richmond, KY.

Additionally, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Foundation will present a flag in honor of Skaggs to a family member, if one is located.

Little is known about Thomas Skaggs other than he was married to Agolie Saltsman Skaggs and that he is buried at Rock Creek Cemetery.

Clarkson Police is requesting more information from the public to assist with honoring the marshal.

“The Clarkson Police and the City of Clarkson would like to honor Marshal Skaggs for paying the ultimate sacrifice,” said Meredith. “Please feel free to contact me personally or contact City Hall with any information.”

As reports show, around 10 p.m. on Oct. 10, 1910, Thomas Skaggs was transporting Chester Fentress, (whom officials believe was from Breckinridge County) though Central Park in Henderson.

Fentress was a confessed horse thief who had been arrested in Grayson County, according to Meredith.

Fentress was in Marshal Thomas Skaggs’ custody and was en-route back to the Henderson County Jail to stand trial for stealing Henry Taylor’s horse.

Witnesses stated they heard three gun shots and saw a man whom looked like Fentress fleeing the scene.

The marshal was found with a fatal gun shot wound from a .38 caliber bullet to the left breast.

After a large manhunt, Fentress was arrested in Daviess County on Oct. 19, 1910, by a deputy sheriff who was accompanied by Taylor, the man from whom Fentress stole the horse, according to Meredith.

At the time of his arrest, Fentress, 24, was armed with a .38 caliber handgun and was riding a stolen horse.

On Feb. 8, 1911, Fentress was found guilty of murder and horse theft and was sentenced to life in prison in Eddyville, KY.

Clarkson City Hall can be reached at 270-242-6997.

Chief requesting public’s help

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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