Death Classification: Military Service Death

Agency: Chicago Police Department

Served: 6 years, 1 months, 25 days

Unit of Assignment / Detail: 4th District, 4th Precinct - South Wabash

District of Incident (Present Day): Ellington Field, TX

Location of Occurrence: 

Cause of Death: Crash - Plane

Age at Time of Death: 28


Date of Birth: 04 Oct 1889

Date of Appointment: 10 Feb 1912

Date of Incident: Ellington Field, TX

End of Watch: 04 Apr 1918

Date of Interment: 04 Apr 1918


Interment Details

 Cemetery: Calvary Cemetery - Evanston, Illinois
 Grave Location: Lot 36, Block 4, Section L
 Interment Disposition: Burial


Memorial Details

Superintendent’s Honored Star Case:

Gold Star Families Memorial Wall:

Illinois Police Officers Memorial Wall:

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall:

Officer Down Memorial Page: Not Listed



 Military Service: U.S. Army Signal Corps


Incident & Biographic Details


2nd Lieutenant Joseph Francis Ives, Jr., served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a pilot, was a veteran of World War I and died in service. He was a graduate of The School of Military Aeronautics and a member of Class 23, graduating on December 15, 1917 in Austin, Texas.

On April 4, 1918, Joseph E. Ives, was killed in a plane crash at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas after his plane went into a stall and spun out of control crashing into the ground. His death is classified as Died Non-Battle (DNB). Lieutenant Ives’ Aircraft was a Curtiss JN-4, Serial Number SC-1526, “Jenny“. The plane was one of a series of “JN“ biplanes built by the Curtiss Aeroplane Company of Hammondsport, NY which later became the Curtiss Aeroplane and Motor Company.


Patrolman Joseph Francis Ives, Jr., Star #1254, aged 28 years, was a 6 year, 1 month, 25 day veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the 4th District, 4th Precinct – South Wabash.

Officer Ives was laid to rest on April 4, 1918 in Calvary Cemetery, 301 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, Illinois. His grave is located in Grave –, Lot 36, Block 4, Section L.

Patrolman Joseph Francis Ives, Jr., born October 4, 1889, received his Probationary Appointment to the Chicago Police Department on February 10, 1912. He was born and raised in Chicago, graduated from Phillips High School and lived at 6008 South Prairie Avenue.

Officer Ives was survived by his mother, Margaret J. and sister, Irene M. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Francis Ives, Sr.