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William W. McClintock

Appointed June 16, 1919
Ht: 5’8” Wt: 138#
End of Tour Sunday, April 2, 1922

Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota
[Minnesota Death Certificate No. 1922-MN-022132]

Fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while on patrol.


Photo of William McClintock

Late Saturday night April 1, 1922, Motorcycle Patrolman William W. McClintock1, Badge No. 245, was riding his motorcycle eastbound on University Avenue when a vehicle driven by J.E. Poole turned into his path at the intersection of Lexington Parkway in the City of Saint Paul, striking the motorcycle head on. McClintock was thrown from his motorcycle, striking his head on the pavement, and never regained consciousness. Taken to City and County Hospital (later named Ancker Hospital), he died Sunday morning, April 2, 1922, of his injuries.

Born on September 4, 1884, and raised in Hamilton, La Crosse County, Wisconsin, thirty-seven year old William W. McClintock had been with the Bureau of Police since June 16, 1919 (three years), and spent most of his years working out of the Prior Avenue Substation. He was survived by his wife, Winifred, and five children, Grace, William Jr., Elva, Winifred and Lorna. Patrolman McClintock’s funeral was held on Tuesday, April 4, 1922, at the D.W. Harley’s Funeral Parlor, and he is buried at Forest Cemetery (Forest Lawn Memorial Park), in what is now Maplewood, Minnesota.

Apparently in a premonition of his death, McClintock had planned his funeral six months prior to the accident. His wife reported that several incidents which had occurred while he pursued speeders convinced the officer that he would meet death in the performance of his hazardous duties. His wishes were complied with to the last detail.

1 William W. McClintock was appointed Motorcycle Patrolman (temporary) June 16, 1919; was appointed Motorcycle Patrolman (permanent) September 1, 1919; was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident while on patrol April 1, 1922, and died on Sunday, April 2, 1922.