Fighting Crime in the Magic City

The Brotsman Livery and the city’s jail were on the corner of Third Street and what is now Wooster Road West.


Sarah Hays

Local History Librarian

When Barberton was founded in 1891, a police department did not yet exist. In very early years, Patrick Duffy served as township constable. However, there was nowhere to house a prisoner at the time, so Duffy often resorted to strongly encouraging offenders to leave the area after he apprehended them. Once the village was formally incorporated, a town marshal was elected and charged with the responsibility of keeping law and order in Barberton. The job paid about $40 a month. 

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1 Comment

  1. Festus on April 13, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Well you pin a badge on me an I’ll show you crime fighting!!

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