We interviewed retired police Chief Harold Devoe. Harold became a police
chief in 1950. When he started there were only five people working at the
police department. There was only one car and it was a 1946 Ford. He also
told us about a man named Happy Marshall. Happy Marshall was one of the police
chiefs and he liked to kid around a lot and he would tease you. He lived
on the Malbon’s Mills Rd. with his wife of many years.
Harold worked for the Skowhegan PD for at least 15 years. Then he left for
6 years and came back for another 15-16 years. Harold Devoe says:
“ We had the same things back in my day as we do today. We had murders,
bank robbers, and it hasn’t changed. We still have the same type of people
around. They’re handled a little bit differently now than they were then.
We had to take and solve the problems the same way we solve them today. You don’t
plan what happens each day you just live it as it happens.......”
One day Harold got a call from a store about counterfiet money being passed.
He checked it out and found that it was a 12 year old boy trying to pass play
money. He called the parents of the boy and they had a meeting about it. Harold
kept the fake 20.00 bill and this is what it looks like:
This flag was sewn on his shirt. The uniforms that were worn back then were
made of wool and were darker in color than the ones worn today.
This interview was intertaining and we enjoyed meeting Mrs. Devoe too.
~ We would like to make a special thanks to our Police Chief Butch Asselin,
and retired police cheif (from 1950-1976) Harold Devoe for helping and
us giving all the information they knew about the history of the Skowhegan