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Fallen Trooper Arthur Steven Hubbard

    

Arthur Steven Hubbard
1877-1914

Oregon Game Officer Arthur S. Hubbard was ordered by District Deputy Sandry to locate and arrest Louis Martin a settler and accused game poacher. Fearing trouble he took Constable A. L. Irwin of the City of Ashland. The two took a team of horses and a wagon to Trail on the afternoon of Thursday, December 17th, 1914 and from there proceeded by horseback up Trail creek. After a difficult ride they came upon Martin’s home but Martin was not at home. There were parts of two partially eaten hindquarters and one freshly killed deer hanging nearby. Officer Hubbard felt that Martin was hiding and so the two officers proceeded up a trail and shortly encountered Martin. According to testimony of Constable Irwin they encountered Martin walking the road with gun in hand. Officer Hubbard was getting down from his mount when Martin shouted, “Stand back or I’ll shoot” and without hesitating raised his rifle and fired. It happened so quickly that Irwin was not able to do anything to assist Officer Hubbard. As comes naturally to a mountaineer, upon firing his first shot he automatically chambered a new round and aimed at Irwin. Martin was described as a mountaineer who shoots with both eyes open, never puts a gun to his shoulder and never misses his mark”.

Constable Irwin then tried to persuade Martin to surrender but Martin refused. Irwin then dismounted to check on the condition of his companion with Martin keeping the officer covered. When Irwin told Martin that Officer Hubbard needed aid, Martin told him which way to go but informed him that he was staying put. Constable Irwin fled three miles down the trail to the home of a woman who had a phone and he called Sheriff Singler. Singler and another officer arrived after dark and proceeded to the site of the shooting with the aid of a local who knew the area. When they arrived at the site of the shooting Martin was there and surrendered meekly. Officer Hubbard’s body was recovered and returned to Ashland.

Arthur S. Hubbard was the son of Bela C. Hubbard and Carrie I. Sheldon. He was born in California February, 14, 1877 and had several brothers and sisters. His mother died in 1899 in California and the Hubbard family moved from northern California where Bela was in the building trade. Arthur followed his father’s trade for several years and then entered the forestry service. He became a game warden about 1912.

He married Dora Long, daughter of Matthew and Mary Long about 1905 and had two children, daughter Iris, born 1910, and son Delmar A., born 1911. Newspaper accounts at the time of his death reported that his widow received $1,000 in state death benefits. Arthur Steven Hubbard is buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Ashland.

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