Windows in Time Lecture: “The Amazing and All-too Short Career of Sheriff August Singler”


Julie Drengsen presents December 4 & 11, 2019

Julie Drengson will present “The Amazing and All-Too Short Career of Sheriff August Singler” on Wednesday, December 4 at the Medford Library, 205 South Central Avenue, and Wednesday, December 11 at the Ashland Library, 410 Siskiyou Boulevard from 12 noon–1:00 p.m. at both locations.

August Singler was a Medford Police Constable and for a brief time, he was the Jackson County Sheriff, until he was killed in the line of duty in April 1913. From the serious to the sublime, from murder to runaway lovers, Officer Singler was involved in many types of cases. He was called Sherlock Holmes and Sleuth Singler for the way that he pursued clues and perpetrators in the name of justice. His life and career were cut short while attempting to arrest a young man wanted for robbery. Singler was survived by a wife and eight young children. He is remembered by a family who still lives in the Valley, and for the August D. Singler Plaza at the Justice Building.

Julie Drengson is a reference librarian for Jackson County Library Services, specializing in history and genealogy. She has worked for the Library system for 32 years in various capacities. She received her Bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from Moorhead State University in Minnesota, and her Master’s degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. She enjoys playing handbells at various places in the Valley.

The monthly “Windows in Time” lunchtime lectures are offered free to the public on the first and second Wednesday throughout the year from 12 noon to –1:00 p.m. The Southern Oregon Historical Society and Jackson County Library Services co-sponsor the lecture series. For more information, please contact the Southern Oregon Historical Society at (541) 773-6536 or or Jackson County Library Services at 541-774-8679 or

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