LAWMEN OF EMMONS COUNTY

COUNTY SHERIFFS

1883-1888 - William V. Wade
1889-1892 - James S. McGee
1893-1894 - Michael Mahaney
1895-1898 - Peter Shier
1899-1902 - Peter G. Rooks
1903-1906 - Peter Shier
1907-1910 - William Jones
1911-1912 - Peter Shier
1913-1916 - Wallace Kyes
1917-1920 - T. B. Meinhover
1921-1922 - Peter Shier
1923-1926 - Joe Volk, Jr.
1927-1930 - A. H. Fischer
1931-1934 - E. M. Klein
1935-1938 - Louis Langeliers
1939-1940 - Joe J. Fettig
1941-1944 - Louis Langeliers
1945-1948 - W. A. Schmierer
1949-1954 - Anton G. Andres
1955-1966 - Mike Schumacher
1967-        - Frank F. Jahner
CONSTABLES - Unknown Dates

Wesley Baker
Ed Campbell
F. D. Walker

WILLIAM VOSE WADE
County Sheriff

William Vose Wade (1851 Plymouth Co, MA-May 07, 1927 Mandan, Morton, ND) was the first Sheriff of Emmons County.
Wade was a frontier scout, hunter and trapper, worked for Standing Rock Agency. He was at Fort Rice in 1872 when the Stanley Expedition left for the Yellowstone to survey for the Northern Pacific Railroad. The Sioux called him "Paha-sa-pa" which means "Black Hills" as he once led a group of 800 Indians near the Black Hills. He was a special friend of Sitting Bull's, and when young Sioux men stole his horses, and Sitting Bull saw the Lazy Anchor brand, he always sent them back. He was there at the building of many of the forts and agencies along the Missouri River such as Fort Yates and Standing Rock Agency.
In 1878, on a cattle trip to Minnesota, he met a young school teacher Ordelia Malinda Parks. Later, he guided the Thomas Parks family out to the Dakotas. In 1884 Wade and Ordelia married.
He established the Anchor Ranch in Grant County on the Cannonball River, and raised cattle. He became a U.S. Deputy Marshall for Emmons County. In 1900 and then again in 1902 he served in the legislature from Oliver and Morton Counties. He was one of the first County Commissioners for Grant County.
Ordelia Parks Wade was a school teacher in Winona, and she spent winters there so their children, Frank Lisle Wade (1887-1955) and Mamie Laura Wade (Weeden) (1893-1975) could attend the Winona school.
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Wade, Grant County, North Dakota

Land Patent - Land Patent

Burial Memorial


PETER SHIER
County Sheriff

Peter Shier (1856-1925) was the five term Sheriff of Emmons County. He was born in Minnesota Territory to German born parents, with the original name of Schuer, who immigrated from the Rhine region of Germany in 1849.
Peter Shier marred Anna Burbage (1860 Ireland-1937) in Bismarck, Dakota Territory on September 24, 1883. The Shiers owned The Dinner Ranch in Gayton, which was the stopping point for the Kupitz Stage Coach on its way to Bismarck.
Known for his honesty, generosity, and loyalty, Shier was a popular lawman, greatly respected by Emmons County residents.The Shiers had five children, Mamie (1884-1951); Lucy Ellen (1887-1966); John Peter (1890-1903); Peter Vincent (1892-1986) and Albert Joseph (1898-1961.
Peter Shier later operated a small store in Linton, ND and served as the town constable. The Shiers were known for their St. Patrick's Day parties.
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Emmons County Land Patent

Burial Memorial


BALZAR WALD
Strasburg Police Chief


SEVERENE ANDREAS "SHORTY" MIKALSON
Deputy Sheriff