Edwin Stillwell Fair

Dayton Police Department - 1910
Pages 28-29

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Edwin Stillwell Fair was born in Dayton on March 9, 1853. At that time the Gem City was merely a struggling over-grown town. When the Civil War began Edwin Fair was just at the age where he was able to understand its meaning, and the five years of the great struggle for the preservation of the Union were wonderful years in his life. He attended the public schools, and after completing his education, he began work in a factory. In time he learned to be a wood turner and for several years he followed this occupation. Desiring a change he applied for a position in the police department, with the result that he was appointed turnkey on February 7, 1877.

The following June there was a vacancy in the list of patrolmen and Mr. Fair was transferred to that position. He immediately proved to his superiors that he was the right man in the right place, and, after ten years of faithful and diligent service, he was promoted to sergeant. The promotion came on March 1, 1887. Since that time Sergeant Fair has been one of the most reliable men in the department. He is frequently called on to lead raids and he always heads the searching party in a drowning case. Sergeant Fair is identified with the K. of P., I. O. O. F. and Modern Woodmen organizations. He and his wife, Clara, are the proud parents of five children, Edward, Arthur, Bessie, Roy and Catherine.

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