Served: 18 years
About 1911 to October 11, 1929
Martin was born January 14, 1867 in Cincinnati, the third of eight children born to German immigrants Martin and Christina (Wampach) Sieber. The senior Martin, a shoemaker and later stone mason, came to the United States from Württemberg in 1852 at the age of 23. Within 5 years, he met and married Christina who came from Luxembourg as a child in 1840.
The junior Martin married Irish immigrant Bridget Kelly on September 14, 1902 in Newport and together they had two children. Martin tried several jobs, including elevator operator, teamster, carpenter, and wagon driver. During 1911, he settled into a career with the Lexington and Nashville Railroad; first as a Watchman, then later as a Detective.
Bridget passed away June 27, 1927 at the age of 59. Some time in the next couple of years, Martin married Marie S. Schnorbus and they and his two sons were living at 1702 Woodburn in Covington.
Late at night on October 10, 1929, in Latonia, Detective Sieber was working at a remarkably busy freight yard near the entrance of the Latonia Racetrack where the mainline between Louisville and Cincinnati ran between it and the racetrack.
In this location there were a number of hazards in the dark of night and Detective Sieber was accidentally struck by an L&N train.
He was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital.
Detective Sieber and died the next day, October 11, 1929, of “shock and loss of blood.”
Detective Sieber was survived by his wife, Marie (62), and sons, Martin E. J. Sieber (24) and Phillip P. Sieber (23). A Requiem Mass at St. Augustine Church was celebrated by his brother, Father Joseph S. Sieber, on October 14, 1929. Detective Sieber was buried on October 14, 1929 at the Calvary Cemetery.
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© This line of duty death was rediscovered by Fairfax County (VA) Police Officer Christopher Cosgriff, founder and CEO of Officers Down Memorial Page (www.ODMP.org). This narrative was researched and created on April 29, 2018 by Cincinnati Police Lieutenant Stephen R. Kramer (Retired), Greater Cincinnati Police Museum Memorial Committee Chairman. All rights are reserved to them and the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum. Photograph of railroad yards provided by www.NKyViews.com.