Substitute Patrolman Earl John Grubb | Hamilton Police Department

Substitute Patrolman Earl John Grubb's grave site
Substitute Patrolman Earl John Grubb’s grave site

Age: 37½
Served: 3¼ years
August 2, 1931 to January 1, 1935

 

Earl was born June 24, 1897 to Charles Monroe and Emma M. (Koch) Grubb of Cincinnati. He served in the United States Army during World War I. After the war, he married Esther Perpingon of Aurora and on May 27, 1922 their first son, Carl M. Grubb, was born. On October 1, 1925 Carl suffered a sudden pulmonary hemorrhage and died. The Grubbs had no other children. By 1935, they were living at 1016 Ludlow Avenue in Hamilton.

On December 31, 1934 Patrolman Grubb began a special duty detail at a New Year’s Eve dance at the Eagles Temple on South Second Street. During the early morning of January 1, 1935, a member of the dance committee took a gun from an intoxicated local hoodlum, Elmer E. Adams (30). Patrolman Grubb was attracted to the incident, arrested Adams, searched him, and found a second gun. He called for a patrol to transport his prisoner.

About 3 a.m., Patrolmen Urban Leugers, patrol driver, and Henry Hart, responded. Patrolmen Hart and Grubb sat in the back seat with Adams as they left for the jail.

Near the intersection of South Second and Ludlow streets, Adams pulled a third gun and shot Patrolman Grubb four times and Patrolman Hart once. Patrolman Leugers shot Adams three times.

All three wounded were taken to Hamilton’s Mercy Hospital by ambulance. Adams died almost immediately with a bullet wound to the heart.

Patrolman Grubb died en route and he was pronounced dead on arrival at 3:30 a.m. One of the bullets had entered his chest and coursed through his lungs.

Patrolman Grubb was survived by his wife, Esther (Perpingon) Grubb (35). He was buried next to his son, Carl M. Grubb, in River View Cemetery in Aurora on January 4, 1935.

Esther moved to 2244 Noble Avenue and took a job as a sales lady in a bakery. She lived alone for 35 years before joining her husband and son in 1971.

Patrolman Hart survived.

Later, it was discovered that Adams was an Illinois parolee and suspected in two burglaries from a few hours before he killed Patrolman Grubb.

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This narrative was revised December 29, 2014 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.