Saturday, August 04, 2001

Memorial seeks cash, corrections

        Financial contributions to erect the Butler County Peace Officer Memorial continue to be accepted. Organizers also want to make certain they have the names of 19 fallen officers spelled correctly.

        In addition, organizers seek photographs, badges, patches and other artifacts and memorabilia associated with the officers and Butler County law enforcement.

        The memorial, which many people don't know about, will be erected outside the new Butler County Jail, being built on Hanover Street in Hamilton. Both projects will be finished in 2002.

        The purpose of the search is to “make certain that names, dates... are correct before they are carved in stone,” said historian James Blount of Hamilton. “When the project was first announced a year ago, the names were published and some errors were found.”

        The names are:

        Police Inspector Arthur M. Walke (Hamilton), July 3, 1916; Patrolman George A. Lentz (Hamilton), Aug. 6, 1918; Harry E. Baker (Hamilton merchant police), Dec. 15, 1919; Desk Sgt. Charles Stegemann (Hamilton), June 25, 1920.

        Patrolman Emery Farmer (Fairfield Township), Nov. 8, 1922; Wilbur F. Jacobs (Seven Mile prohibition agent), June 20, 1925; Robert Gary, (Seven Mile prohibition agent), Nov. 21, 1925.

        Patrolman Charles A. Skeen (Middletown), April 10, 1926; Patrolman George L. McChesney (Middletown), March 19, 1927; Patrolman Harold Roth (Middletown), May 5, 1928; Patrolman Ebert Crout (Middletown), May 6, 1928; Patrolman Daniel Sandlin (Middletown), March 19, 1930.

        Sub Patrolman Earl Grubb (Hamilton), Jan. 1, 1935; Agent Nelson B. Klein (FBI), Aug. 16, 1935; Patrolman Arthur Sponsel (Hamilton), April 12, 1937; Patrolman Aaron C. Laubach (Hamilton), Jan. 27, 1938; Marshal William Simpson (New Miami), Jan. 17, 1939; Assistant Chief Henry Brinkmeyer (Middletown), Oct. 29, 1939; Patrolman Ernest E. Cole (Ohio State Highway Patrol), Oct. 3, 1964.

        If friends or family members want to make corrections, send them to Chief Deputy Rick Jones, Butler County Sheriff's Office, 301 S. Third St., Hamilton, OH 45011.

        Contributions may be made to Officer Monument, Hamilton Community Foundation, 319 N. Third St., Hamilton, OH 45011-1624.


        HAMILTON — Arts in Common, a program started seven years ago by the Fitton Center for Creative Arts, is one of 50 semifinalists for this year's “Coming Up Taller” awards from the National Endowment for the Arts.

        The program, which helps underserved kids in Butler County, originally was financed by the arts group. Success of the program brought continued local support after an arts grant expired.

        Selection as a semifinalist means the Fitton's program is considered among the best youth arts programs in the country.

        Information: 863-8873.

        Randy McNutt's column appears Saturday. Contact him at The Cincinnati Enquirer, 7700 Service Center Dr., West Chester, Ohio 45069. Phone: 755-4158. Fax: 755-4150. E-mail:


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