Officer Houghton was
boarding a street car at 9th and Central
behind Officer Martin Moran when Moran's
revolver fell from his pocket and discharged striking
Officer Houghton in the leg. Officer Houghton's leg was amputated at 11:00 pm on December 1, 1881 in an attempt to save his life. Officer Houghton died from his injuries at 10:15 am on December 2, 1881 at Sisters Hospital.
Chief Tom Speers and the entire police force took action following the death of Officer Houghton and a resolution was passed in his honor. Direction was given that the entire police department would escort Officer Houghton's remains to the train station at 5:00 pm that evening to in turn be taken back to his family home in Orange, Vermont by his brother, Ed Houghton.
Officer Houghton, born in Vermont, had previously worked as a clothing merchant prior to joining the department on May 4, 1880. He was survived by his brothers, Ed and Hardy; an uncle, George; and his parents, Davis and Louisa Houghton.
Article by Brent Marchant