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Flowers left for Patricius Casey
Patrick (Patricius) H. Casey was born in Ireland in March of 1844 son of Patricius and Elizabeth Casey. He immigrated to the United States with his mother Elizabeth in 1845. In the 1865 Census he was 22 and living in Lee, Massachusetts. He married Joanna Reardon, also from Ireland, on October 26, 1867 in Lee. Chief Constable Edward J. Jones appointed Patrick as a state police deputy constable for Hampden County in 1872. Patrick Casey was very active in enforcing criminal and liquor violations in Holyoke and Springfield. In 1873, he arrested a tramp for stealing a jacket and the tramp was sentenced to 4 months in jail. In 1873 Patrick and Joanna had a son, Austin E., and Patrick listed his occupation as “State Constable.” In 1873 he also served as the vice president of the Total Abstinence Society. He served as a state constable until 1875. On February 13, 1875 Governor William Gaston signed Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1875: An Act to establish a State Detective Force, which replaced the State Police Constable Act of 1865. Casey was not reappointed, but according to newspaper accounts of the time, many friends petitioned the governor to appoint him as a state detective. He later became a lawyer. In the 1900 Census he was living in Lee and his occupation was “Judge in Police Court.” His wife Joanna died at age 61 in Lee on January 10, 1906 and is buried in Lee. Judge Casey married a second time in 1910 to Louise B. Haskins of Philadelphia. They settled in San Diego, California. Patricius Casey died in San Diego in September of 1913 and is buried with his second wife Louise in Mt. Hope Cemetery, San Diego. Governor Eben Sumner Draper appointed Judge Bart Bossidy to replace Judge Casey in February 1910. In 1921, when the new Massachusetts State Police Patrol was formed, the first state police sub-station, B-1, was established in East Lee in a barn owned by Judge Bossidy. Officers were housed in a loft in the barn behind Judge Bossidy’s house. (Family Search.com) (Genealogybank.com) (Manual of the General Court) (Springfield Republican – November 25, 1873 - February 10, 1910 - October 2, 1913) (Enforcement Odyssey) (Find A Grave) "Rest In Peace Constable"
- Ron Guilmette
 Added: Mar. 25, 2016

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