William A. Gugel
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William A. Gugel, the shortest man in the entire police department is a Preble County product, his birth occurring at Eaton, Ohio, on August 16, 1864. He received his education in the public schools of that city and afterwards began work in a bakery. He learned the trade and followed that occupation after removing to Dayton for a number of years. He was offered a position as night clerk at the Beckel Hotel, and began duty there a short while after he had taken up his residence in the Gem City. While engaged in this capacity he became well known about the city and has many friends.
Mr. Gugel later applied for a position on the police force and was appointed patrolman on October 17, 1890. He acquitted himself in his new position in a manner pleasing to his superiors, and, as a consequence, was promoted to the detective department, March 5, 1900. "Billy" as he is known among the "boys," knows the "plain clothes" game thoroughly and has made many good "catches." Detective Gugel is well known in fraternal circles, being affiliated with the Modern Woodmen of America, Masons, Uniform Rank K. of P. and the Odd Fellows. While a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Emmons and they have one daughter, Katherine.