LANE COUNTY
SHERIFF MEMBERS

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James N. Poindexter


James N. Poindexter served as Lane County Sheriff from 1870 to 1874.

A local blacksmith, was widely known for his skill, and well liked among Lane County citizens. According to articles in the newspaper... articles printed in the Eugene Daily Guard, Sheriff Poindexter was a tenacious law man and tax collector.

He was plagued by jail escapes during his term. After serving as Lane County Sheriff, Poindexter moved to Prineville where he returned to blacksmithing and became a well-liked and respected member of the Prineville community.

He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1865 and was dropped NPD in 1879. He was elected Junior Warden in 1866, but did not otherwise serve as an officer.

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John R. Campbell


John R. Campbell served as Lane County Sheriff from 1882 to 1886.

A long with his brother Ira, Sheriff Campbell was co-owner and editor of the Eugene Guard newspaper for over seven years. (In 1933, the Eugene Guard merged with the Eugene Register to become the Eugene Register Guard.)

Sheriff Campbell was also a prominent local contractor and is credited with the construction of several structures through the Eugene area, including the Central School. Campbell served as Sheriff for four years and then as Justice of the Peace and local politician.

In 1913, he died in his childhood home of a sudden illness, and was mourned by the community. He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1881 and was dropped NPD in 1909. He was elected Junior Warden in 1883 and Senior Warden in 1884, but did not serve as an officer after that.

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John M. Sloan


John M. Sloan served as Lane County Sheriff from 1886 to 1890.

Sheriff Sloan was a local businessman and blacksmith. He served as Lane County Sheriff for four years.

He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1872 and remained a member until his death in 1930. He was appointed Junior Deacon in 1875 and continued in that job for 1876.

In 1877 he was elected Junior Warden and in 1878 he was elected Senior Warden. He was not an officer in 1879, but returned to the line and was elected Worshipful Master in 1880.

In 1881 he was again appointed Junior Deacon and after that did not serve as an officer in the Lodge.

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Fred Fisk


Fred Fisk served as Lane County Sheriff from 1903 to 1906

Fisk was a Deputy Sheriff under then Sheriff William Withers. In February of 1902, Withers was attempting to apprehend a horse thief, Elliot Lyons, in the Walton area. During the struggle, Lyons shot Withers and escaped.

Withers was taken to a nearby stagecoach stop where he died the next day. Lyons was later captured trying to board a train in Creswell. He was convicted for the murder of Sheriff Withers, and was hung behind the Lane County Jail; the last hanging in Lane County.

When Withers died, Fisk was appointed Sheriff. Fisk served three years as Lane County Sheriff. He went into the timber business when he left office, and was later elected to the State Senate.

Fisk was also a Lane County Judge in the early 1930's. He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1900 and remained a member until his death in 1959. He was appointed Junior Deacon in 1901 and Senior Deacon in 1902. He was elected Senior Warden in 1903 and was Master of the Lodge in 1904.

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Dillard Elkins


Dillard Elkins served as Lane County Sheriff from 1915 to 1918.

Elkins was a Deputy Sheriff for five years before becoming Sheriff. After his term of service, he went on to become an attorney in the Eugene/Springfield area.

He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1916 and remained a member until his death in 1932. He did not serve the Lodge as an officer.

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Frederick G. Stickels


Frederick G. Stickels served as Lane County Sheriff from 1918 to 1925.

Stickels was a Deputy County Clerk for Lane County and also a Eugene City Treasurer before becoming Sheriff. He once recruited the assistance of his wife while extraditing a female prisoner from California.

Due to the prisoner being a "comely young woman", the two-day and two-night trip could have compromised both the professional reputation of Sheriff Stickels and his family, had Mrs. Stickels not assisted.

A change made by the County Commissioners also occurred during Stickels' term of office. Due to safety concerns with regard to prisoners, the practice of allowing the Sheriff and his family to reside in the living quarters of the Jail was discontinued.

He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1919 and remained a member until his death at age 94 in 1980. He did not serve as an officer, but he was on the building committee for the building to the Olive St. Temple in 1925.

He was Raised in the old Temple on 8th and Willamette, helped build the Olive St. Lodge and finished his days in the Lodge by Autzen Stadium.

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Frank E. Taylor


Frank E. Taylor served as Lane County Sheriff from 1925 to 1929.

Taylor was a Spanish-American War veteran who was heavily involved in the local Masons, Elks, and VFW lodges in Eugene and Springfield. Taylor narrowly survived an attempted recall during his tenure as Sheriff.

Many Veneta area residents attempted the recall when Taylor refused to fire his Undersheriff when the shooting of three Veneta bar patrons occurred. Taylor had been out of Oregon when the incident occurred.

Taylor moved to Vernonia when he completed his term as Sheriff. He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1903 and demitted in1919. He served as Tyler of the Lodge in 1906 and 1907. He was a Charter member of Liberty Lodge #171 in Springfield in 1919.

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Charles A. “Tom” Swarts


Charles A. "Tom" Swarts served as Lane County Sheriff from 1933 to 1942 and 1945 to 1953

Swarts served as Lane County Sheriff for nearly 10 years before taking a leave of absence to serve in World War II. When he returned from service in the U.S. Army, Swarts served another 7 years as Sheriff.

Swarts was instrumental in the formation of the Lane County Sheriff's Posse. He spent a significant amount of time with the members, and helped create the program as it exists today.

Photographs of Swarts include well-known actors and actresses who were filming on location in Lane County. Swarts also diligently lobbied to have a new Lane County Jail constructed.

He joined Eugene Lodge #11 in 1919 and demitted that same year. To become a Charter member of Liberty Lodge #171 in Springfield.

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Robert L. McManus


Robert L. McManus served as Lane County Sheriff from 1991 to 1997.

His law enforcement career began in 1969 as a reserve deputy. He was hired by Sheriff Harry Marlowe in 1970 and promoted to sergeant in 1975 and lieutenant in 1979.

In 1985, McManus left the Sheriff's Office to become the Chief of Police of Silverton, Oregon. He returned to the Lane County Sheriff's Office in 1990 as commander of the Police Services Division.

McManus was appointed sheriff in 1991, when David Burks retired from the Sheriff's Office for health reasons. McManus served as president of the Oregon State Sheriff's Association in 1995 and was active in the National Sheriff's Association.

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William W. Withers


William W. Withers is probably one of the best known Sheriffs of Lane County and served from 1898 to 1903.

Withers was well liked and respected by the citizens of Lane County. Withers was known to be a Sheriff "who always got his man", and was noted as being personally involved in any criminal investigation conducted by the Sheriff's Office.

Withers presided over the first hanging in Lane County when Claude Branton was convicted and hung for the murder and burning of John A. Linn in the Three Sisters wilderness area. In February of 1902, Withers was attempting to apprehend a horse thief, Elliot Lyons, in the Walton area.

During the struggle, Lyons shot Withers and escaped. Withers was taken to a nearby stagecoach stop where he died the next day. Lyons was later captured trying to board a train in Creswell. He was convicted for the murder of Sheriff Withers, and was hung behind the Lane County Jail; the last hanging in Lane County.

Withers was not a member of Eugene Lodge #11.

Most of this content comes from the Lane County Website, http://www.lanecounty.org/Departments/Sheriff/Pages/Biographies.aspx
and the 1972 Roster of total membership.