William Arthur Rader
Special Deputy Sheriff
Born June 18, 1852 in Center, Green, Indiana
Died: May 9, 1893 at Warm Spring (6 miles from Castle), Meagher County, Montana
Deputy William Rader was shot and killed as he and a posse attempted to
arrest two men who were wanted on larceny warrants out of Wyoming.
The suspects had been involved in a shootout with a posse days
earlier but had escaped.
second posse located them another shootout ensued in which Special
Deputy Rader was wounded. The
suspects were again able to escape, but were located two days later.
Deputy James Mackay was shot and killed during a third shootout.
The suspects escaped for a third time.
who was identified as shooting Deputy Mackay was arrested in Needles,
California, in 1895. He was returned to Meagher County, convicted of
Deputy Mackay’s murder, and hung on December 20, 1895. A second
suspect was hanged in Helena, Montana on June 8, 1896.
Deputy Rader had also served as Sheriff of Meagher County. He is buried
at Mayn Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs, Montana.
May 18, 1893