Jim Lipscomb [Plot 84]

Indian Spring Cemetery

Jim Lipscomb [Plot 84]

Punta Gorda, Florida 33950, United States

Created By: SW Florida Walking Tours


Charlotte County's first sheriff was James H. Lipscomb, a school teacher, former town marshal and long-time member of the local Masonic Lodge. The first sheriff resided on the second floor of the County Courthouse which was also the jail.

Governor Hardee appointed J. H. Lipscomb as the first Charlotte County Sheriff on May 4, 1921. Thereafter the position of sheriff was determined by an election and Sheriff Lipscomb was handily defeated by Punta Gorda native son, Fred Quednau, in 1940.

Sheriff Lipscomb is a controversial figure because three suspicious deaths occurred during his tenure, and he failed to investigate them:

  • the drowning of 24-year-old fiances Thelma Johnson and Lloyd Edwards on July 25, 1926
  • the murder of George McGraw on March 25, 1931

People today who are familiar with CSI techniques wonder why Sheriff Lipscomb didn't follow up on these mysterious deaths.

On a side note, it was reported in the August 17, 1916 Punta Gorda Herald that then Marshal Lipscomb and Constable Leslie Lewis (later would become chief of police) observed a UFO around the Acline Road area. They said it was a "mysterious object, which they were sure was an aeroplane of some kind."

Learn more about Punta Gorda Law Enforcement History: https://www.ccso.org/AboutUs/ccsoshistory.cfm

This point of interest is part of the tour: Indian Spring Cemetery


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