Van Buren County officers to be added to Iowa Peace Officer Memorial

Two Van Buren County, Iowa law officers will be honored this week for their sacrifice in the line of duty.

The recognition comes more than a century after they were killed in the line of duty.

Farmington City Marshals Robert C. Coulter and Reuben Fenstenmaker will be added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial on Friday.

According to an article in the Burlington Hawkeye dated December 22, 1902, Coulter was shot by a man named George Stillwell.

Coulter was attempting to serve a warrant on Stillwell for disturbing the peace.

In Coulterâ??s case justice was swift. Stillwell was killed by a mob angry at Coulterâ??s murder.

Marshall Fenstenmaker was killed in 1868.

The Officer Down Memorial Page says that Fenstenmaker was killed by an accused horse thief he was taking to a court appearance.

The killer escaped and evaded capture for nearly four decades.

The ceremony honoring the men and two other officers is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Friday in Des Moines.