City of Red Wing

History of Police Chiefs and Tribute to Fallen Officers


Chief                                       Years of Service


John Seastrand                       1887 - 1891

P.J. Lundquist                         1892 - 1893    

Chas Battan                           1893 – 1897

F.H. Davis                              1897 – 1899

Clarence Lee                          1899 – 1901

James Daily*                         1901 – 1907

Nels Severson                        1908 – 1913

Andrew Jackson                     1913 – 1923

Nels Severson                        1923 – 1935

Eric Carlson                           1935 – 1964

Warren Lenway                      1964 – 1980

Forest Wipperling                   1980 – 1986

Edward Krause                       1986 – 1997

Richard Rabenort                   1997 – 2003

Timothy Sletten                     2003 – 2012

Roger D. Pohlman                  2012 - Present

 *Slain in the line of duty in 1907

Tribute to Fallen Officers

Chief DalyChief James C. Daily - 1863-1907
Tribute to Chief Daily

James Daily, Chief of Police of Red Wing, was mortally wounded in the line of duty by August Bloom in the Sibley Hotel (site of the Conoco Station West 4th Street and Bush St). Bloom fired two shots at Chief Daily, one entered his body in the abdomen and the other in the shoulder. He died of his wounds the following day.

Chief Daily was born in Palmyra, Missouri on February 18, 1863 and was 43 years of age when he died. He came with his parents to the City of Red Wing when he was a boy. Here he grew up and attended the public schools. After leaving school, he went west and worked in many of the different cities of the Rocky Mountain and Pacific Coast districts. However, most of his work was in Seattle and Butte. He became a skilled plasterer and when he returned to Red Wing, he engaged in the same business.

When John H. Rich became Mayor, Daily was appointed Chief of Police and was re-appointed by Mayor Pierce. He served in this position for six years.

Chief Daily was married on February 11, 1902 to Mary Dawson, a teacher at the Training School. They had a son, James Dawson Daily, who was born on June 9, 1905. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic church. He was also a member of several fraternal societies, among them the Elks, The Knights of Pythias and AOUW.

As Chief of Police, he made an exceptional and unique record. He was a great big-hearted man, full of sympathy that comes from the kindest impulses, and made practical by a wide experience in meeting all kinds of people. He met men and felt genuine interest in the humblest, the poorest and the most unfortunate and the most unworthy. He saw beneath all the distinctions that are more apparent than real in human society and endeavored to meet every person whom he came in contact as a friend. The qualities bound him closer to the hearts of the people and it was because of this that Red Wing mourned his loss so sincerely.

In his last hours, he was conscious. All day before he died, his mind was clear and he met the issue of death with the same fearlessness with which he had met life. He expressed no malice toward the man who was the cause of his death; only regretting that life could not be longer because of the love he bore for his devoted wife and son. In his dying moments his wife and son were at his bedside and his last wishes were for them.

(Extracted from the Red Wing Daily Republican Eagle)

Officer PetersonOfficer John Peterson - 1856-1907
Tribute to Officer Peterson

Officer John Peterson was mortally wounded in the line of duty by August Bloom in the Sibley Hotel (site of the Conoco Station at West 4th Street and Bush Street). Officer Peterson, along with Chief Daily responded to a complaint of a mentally deranged person at the hotel. Bloom fired one shot at Officer Peterson, striking him in the back. He died of his wounds the following day.

Officer Peterson was born on May 30th, 1856, in Orebro, Sweden. He immigrated to the United States in February 1881 and had lived in Red Wing ever since. On April 20th, 1882, he married Ann Johnson and they had five children: John Haldor, Arthur Edward, Ann Henrietta, Harold Valentine and Edna Florence.

Officer Peterson was a member of the OQUW, the Scandinavian Benevolent Society and the Degree of Honor. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church. He was buried in Oakwood cemetery.

The City of Red Wing employed Officer Peterson for many years. In 1893, he was appointed to the police force and served continuously for 14 years as a patrolman.

During his last hours, he suffered a great deal of pain, but was conscious to the last. He felt that his end was near, although he hoped that life might be spared. He was brave and calm and at his bedside as he conversed with his sons and other members of the family. He was cheerful and bade them to be of good courage whatever the result might be. While he faced death cheerfully, he would have been glad of life, for he had much to live for. For those who knew the family and the relation of its different members, the one to the other, know that it was home where the bonds of mutual sympathy and love were particularly strong. It was one of those homes whose harmony made it earth’s choicest resting place, the very gate of Heaven.

(Extracted from the Red Wing Daily Republican Eagle)