More than a hundred years after his death, Hotchkiss Constable Robert G. Lewis has been honored as a fallen peace officer.
In 2017 Hotchkiss Marshal Dan Miller was contacted by Keith Cameron, historian for the Colorado Law Enforcement Memorial to verify the circumstances of Constable Lewis' death in the line of duty.
On May 4, 2018, Constable Robert G. Lewis was added to the memorial in Golden, Colorado. In ceremonies, Lewis and five other fallen officers were honored at the memorial. Currently, 312 names are listed on the memorial. Every May the Colorado State Patrol conducts the public ceremony.
Chris McDonald from the Hotchkiss Marshal's Office attended the event and received a framed proclamation by Gov. John Hickenlooper declaring May 5 Colorado Law Enforcement Day.
Hotchkiss Constable Robert G. Lewis was slain on Nov. 21, 1898, on Main Street by L.A. Harrison.
Harrison had been in a disagreement with R.T. Fluke about some lots in town. Harrison was forcing Fluke to march with a shotgun at his back to his home. Harrison wanted to duel Fluke. A witness ran to Constable Lewis and told him what was happening. Constable Lewis confronted Harrison and stood in between the two. Lewis told Harrison to turn over his weapon. Harrison fired, hitting Lewis in his throat. He was killed instantly. Fluke was able to run home and barricade himself. Harrison walked out of town and hid at Leroux Creek from a posse of Hotchkiss men. Later he gave himself up to Delta County Sheriff George C. Smith.
The trial on Valentine's Day 1899 ended with Harrison being set free. No trial records or newspaper accounts exist which explain the verdict.
Constable Lewis was survived by his widow Sarah Minerva Friday Lewis, daughter Edna and son Robert.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.