Hurricane Branch and His Hounds
The Richmond Times, Sept. 21, 1902 An early celebrity south of the James River was John J. S. “Hurricane' Branch” of Nansemond County. He was a constable, detective and bloodhound trainer who gained popularity at the turn of the 20th century. Detective Branch was known for his use of bloodhounds to aid in local criminal investigations and became a popular figure through numerous newspaper accounts of his work. A reporter gave him the nickname “Hurricane” due to his relentless pursuit of criminals. His popularity was such that he received interest from people all over the country.
12/30/2020 01:49:56 am
The thing I admire the most about John J. S. “Hurricane" Branch is his perseverance to go after criminals. There are many detectives and police who stop chasing after a criminal once they ran out of hope. But, Branch is different. He believes firmly that every victim should have justice, so he does not stop going after criminals. He wants to make sure that they will pay for the crimes they have committed and his courage is something that I will always be grateful for.
3/18/2022 10:11:10 am
I found a plaque with his name on itthis while plaquecleaning old store out
3/20/2022 04:38:28 pm
Show us a picture!
9/5/2022 04:38:26 am
I have a large, graphic illustrated sign with a detective and blood hounds no trespassing sign - porcelain color on metal - for Hurricane Branch bloodhounds.
9/5/2022 07:24:00 pm
Please do send us a picture!
10/15/2022 09:47:09 pm
Hurricane was my great great grandfather- I would be interested in any signs and illustrations of him!
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