George C. Haddock Murder Marker, Sioux City, IA
N 42° 29.581 W 096° 24.557
14T E 712899 N 4707770
Quick Description: Embedded in the cement sidewalk is a small round metal marker to mark the place where Rev. George C. Haddock was murdered in 1886.
Location: Iowa, United States
Date Posted: 3/24/2011 6:00:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMB1Q5
Embedded in the cement sidewalk is a small round metal marker to mark the place where Rev. George C. Haddock was murdered in 1886. Haddock’s stance on prohibition was well known throughout the community which was filled with breweries and bars. He was an outspoken supporter of his denomination’s attitude toward alcohol and its effect on people as it caused bad behavior.
Iowa voters had passed the “Clark Law,” an amendment to the Iowa constitution in 1882 which declared liquor illegal throughout the state. Sioux City fought against this law because of the revenue brought in by their numerous saloons. Haddock’s accused assassin was a man named John Arensdorf, the top manager of a local brewery. After an extensive trial, Arensdorf was acquitted by an intimidated jury.
Haddock’s marker lies a few feet from the street at the intersection of 4th and Water Streets, ironically just outside the doors of Dalton’s Pub. The memorial reads: “Haddock Died Here 8/3/1886.
First United Methodist Church has more history on this assassination and I am including some photos of a display they have on their wall.
Date of crime: 8/3/1886
Public access allowed: yes
Fee required: no
Web site: [Web Link]
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