Served: 8 months
March 1922 to November 8, 1922
On Wednesday, November 8, 1922 a passersby found Patrolman Farmer and his wrecked motorcycle off the side of Dixie Highway. He was taken to Mercy Hospital and pronounced dead from a fractured skull at 3 a.m.
Patrolman Farmer left a wife, Lena Farmer, and three children, Howard Farmer(4), Erma Farmer(2), and Eileen Farmer. His funeral services were held on Friday, November 10, 1922, at 2 p.m. at his parents’ home on the Sevenmile Pike near Williamsdale. He is buried in the Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton.
An investigation revealed that the speedometer on the motorcycle was stopped at 75 miles per hour. Additionally, when his body was found, Patrolman Farmer’s revolver was missing from his holster. He was well known for nabbing bootleggers and speeders in his short career. No one was ever identified as his killer, but the investigation determined that the he was most likely run off the road by bootleggers.
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This narrative was researched and revised on March 7, 2012 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society President. All rights are reserved to him and the Greater Cincinnati Police Historical Society.