Oscar D. Duncan  

The Shelby News,  Thursday, March 20, 1913


Chief of Police, Oscar D. Duncan died Friday A.M. at 6:30 o'clock at the Kings' Daughters Hosp. in this city of gangrene as a result of diabetes.  His death followed an operation for amputation of his right leg between the ankle and knee, which was performed on Monday afternoon. He had been a sufferer from diabetes for more than a year. A month ago, gangrene developed in his great toe and gradually spread until his entire right foot was affected, and the operation was resorted to as a last resort in the hope of saving his life. Being physically unable to withstand the shock he gradually grew worse until the end came Friday morning.

Oscar Duncan was born near Jacksonville in this county fifty-two years ago. His early life was spent on a farm in this county and eighteen years ago he moved from Clay Village to this city. A short time later he became a member of the police force of the city and proved himself a brave and fearless officer.  Six years ago he was elected Chief, which post he held at the time of his death. Several months ago he entered the race for the Democratic nomination for Jailer of Shelby Co. and was prosecuting his canvass, when over-taken by the fatal illness.

Chief Duncan is survived by his wife, who was formally Miss Belle Peyton of Franklin Co. and seven children, four daughters, Mrs. Stella Donahue of this city, Mrs. Geo. J. Bishop of Indianapolis; Mrs. James Shackelford of Ashland, Ky.; and Miss Pauline Duncan who resides at home, and three sons, William Duncan of Neward, N.J.; Thompson and Frank Duncan of this place.

The funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock by the pastor, Dr. T. H. Athey. The internment was in Grove Hill Cemetery. The pall-bearers were Lewis Carwile and C. B. Arnsparger, of the police force and Everett Carter, Ed Amyx, Scott Moore and Ed Rice, of the fire dept.

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:  submitted by: Phyllis Shackelford Hedges from the Shelby News on Microfilm at the Shelby County Library, Shelbyville, Kentucky.


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