Stationhouse Keeper Henry Deering | Cincinnati Police Department

Age: 57
Served: 11 years
December 11, 1891 to March 24, 1902

Henry Deering emigrated from Germany to the United States at fourteen years old in 1858. He fought in U.S. Army Cavalry during the Civil War. After the war, he became a Cincinnati Patrolman. During 1886, there was an upheaval in the police department where many of the officers were terminated for physical imperfections such as eyesight or hearing. Patrolman Deering was one who lost his job. He was permitted to return as a Turn Key and, during 1891, was appointed to Stationhouse Keeper.

Stationhouse Keeper Deering, on March 24, 1902, at 8 a.m., had been on duty inside the District Six stationhouse on Eastern Avenue when he was re-assigned to Probate Court. He heard the approach of a westbound streetcar and ran out to catch it, but ran into the path of eastbound car which struck him. Dr. Behymer was called to the scene and directed that he be taken to the City Hospital. He died at the hospital from a fractured skull at 1 p.m. Police charged the motorman, George McArthur, with Manslaughter, as was the custom of the day. The incident was later ruled an accident.

Stationhouse Keeper Deering left a wife, Anna (57), and five children; Jesse (24), Addie (21), Jacob (20), Jefferson (17), and Lawrence (14). Reverend W.E. Stevens conducted services at the Sixth Presbyterian Church. He was buried at Mount Calvary (now Walnut Hills) Cemetery. His wife received a permanent pension from the City of $20.00 per month and was buried beside him on Christmas 1908. Lawrence received a pension of $6.00 per month until he turned sixteen years old.

Kelly J. Huston, Henry Deering’s great-great-granddaughter, conducted most of the research for this narrative. If you have further information, artifacts, archives, or images of this officer, please contact the Museum Director at Director@police-museum.org.