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Kelleher's night stick on display at city hall

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 12th, 2013


Shown with the mounted nightstick are Janelle and Roger Noble.


AMBOY- James H. Kelleher was born on New Year's Day 1865 in Detroit, Mich., moving to Amboy at age 12. He was the town marshal for more than 34 years. He was also superintendent of streets and looked after the city's water system, which prompted Mayor Clem Schutte to say upon his death that Marshal Kelleher's knowledge of the streets and water system was more complete than any set of blue prints the city had. Black crepe adorned city hall when the news of his death on Jan. 30, 1940, was learned. James Donnelly was appointed to take his place.

Marshal Kelleher's squad car was a Model T Ford coupe. However he never drove a car, his son Jimmy always drove him on his rounds. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Hayes for 51 years and with her had four sons and two daughters.

For many years his grandson, and namesake James H. "Mort" Hinkle had his grandfather's nightstick, which now belongs to his great-granddaughter Janelle Girton Noble. Her husband Roger Noble crafted the plaque to hang the nightstick on and it will hang for a time in city hall.












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