Former Ilion Chief of Police

Jesse Babcock

"I have been doing genealogy for years and would love to do something on line about my family and in particular Jesse Babcock, my grandfather who was Chief of Police in Ilion when I was growing up.

My Aunt Alice Babcock had a beauty shop on West Street for years, and my parents Alton and Alice Babcock raised their 5 daughters in Ilion and buried one there.

Barbara Babcock
Speedway, Indiana

Ilion Police Chief Jesse Edgar Babcock

Ilion--Jesse E. Babcock, 88, retired Ilion police chief, died December 12, 1960 at his home, 24 West Street.

He was born in Watertown, son of George and Anna Hoxbee Babcock. He married Margaret Danks of Turin, Jan 16, 1899 in Lyons Falls.

The couple came to Ilion in 1914 when Mr. Babcock became a special officer at the Remington Arms Co. He joined the police force in 1915, retiring as chief in 1945.

During those years he founded the Ilion volunteer Police Association, organized the school safety patrol and was the first police chief in the state to issue bicycle licenses.

He also was a former chairman of the board of directors of the State Police Chiefs Association, a life member of the Volunteer Police and a past president of the Ilion Fish and Game Club.

Mr. Babcock was a member of Ilion Lodge 591, F&AM; the Order of Red Men and the Methodist Church.

In his youth he traveled throughout the nation for a lumber and agricultural firm.

Besides his wife he leaves a son, Alton, a daughter Alice, both of Ilion; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 1:30 Wednesday in the Whiter-Hendrix Funeral Home, the Rev. Rollo Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Turin Cemetery. Members of the Ilion Lodge 591 will conduct a ritualistic service at 7:30 Tuesday.

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