Death Classification: Line of Duty Death
Agency: Lincoln Park Police Department
Served: 17 years*
Unit of Assignment / Detail: Unit of Assignment Unknown
District of Incident (Present Day): 018 - Near North
Cause of Death: Struck - By Vehicle
Age at Time of Death: 47
Date of Birth: 10 Feb 1905
Date of Appointment: 12 Mar 1905
Date of Incident: 10 Feb 1915
End of Watch: 10 Feb 1915
Date of Interment: 13 Feb 1915
Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
Grave Location: Lot 20, Block 27, Section S
Interment Disposition: Burial
Superintendent’s Honored Star Case: Panel # B-3
Gold Star Families Memorial Wall: Panel # 17
Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 1, Line 45
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall: Panel # 56-E: 10
Officer Down Memorial Page: Listed
Military Service: No Military Record Found
Incident & Biographic Details
Park Policeman Thomas Ringley Colquitt, Star #108, aged 47 years, was a 17 year veteran of the Lincoln Park Police Department, unit of assignment unknown.
On February 10, 1915, Officer Colquitt was walking his beat in Lincoln Park near the Ulysses S. Grant Monument. An automobile driven by Roy S. Hubbard of 216 East 56th Street, and owned by the Overland Automobile Company, struck him. The car was carrying Congressman George E. Gorman and two others on their way to a political rally in the 21st Ward. After striking the officer, the vehicle stopped and the Officer was taken aboard. He was then transported to Columbus Memorial Hospital where it was learned that he suffered from a concussion and a fractured arm and leg. He died a few minutes after arriving. Hubbard was held for questioning after the crash.
Officer Colquitt was waked at his residence located at 4754 North Ash Avenue (present day Neenah Avenue). He was laid to rest on February 13, 1915 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located in Lot 20, Block 27, Section S.
Park Policeman Thomas Ringley Colquitt, born in 1868, received his Probationary Appointment to the Lincoln Park Police Department in 1898.
Officer Colquitt was survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Lizzie“ (nee Ringley) and seven children.
Chicago Police Department homicide file not found for this incident.
The Lincoln Park Police Department, in the City of Chicago, was disbanded on April 30, 1934. On May 1, 1934, the remaining officers were transferred to the Chicago Park District Police Department, which was organized on the same date. Three park district police departments, Lincoln, West, and South were consolidated into the Chicago Park District Police Department. Fallen officers of the Lincoln Park Police Department are currently honored on the memorial wall of the Chicago Police Department as Chicago Police Officers. Their stars are displayed in the Honored Star Case located in the lobby of the Chicago Police Department at 3510 South Michigan Avenue.