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Who Were Those Masked Men, Daddy?
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:33

"As an act of defiance against President Grant's use of the Enforcement Acts to quell the activities of the KKK, the gang wore Klan masks"

Kenny ... I can't answer it ... with the remnants of the Old Gang's suspected use of "green hands" and the frequent use of aliases, who will ever know? ... we can account for all the canonical nine's later CVs ... after the 1881 Blue Cut train robbery, ten "gang members" were initially arrested, then eventually released ... informers were ubiquitous ... cheers

According to legend ...

Blount/Blunt//Johnson (circa 1847/1852-circa 1887) was thought to be a former bookkeeper and lawyer, coming from Missouri.

The gang was centered in the state of Missouri, the home of most of the members. Membership fluctuated from robbery to robbery, as the outlaws' raids were usually separated by many months. At various times, it included the Younger brothers (Cole, Jim, John, Bob), their in-law John Jarrett, the James brothers (Jesse, Frank), Arthur McCoy, George Shepard, Oliver Shepard, William McDaniel, Tom McDaniel, Clell Miller, Charlie Pitts (Samuel A. Wells), and Bill Chadwell (Bill Stiles).

July 21, 1873: Nine gang members (and possibly one or two more) participated in this robbery. Namely, Jesse James, Frank James, Cole Younger, Jim Younger, John Younger, Clell Miller, Bill Chadwell and newcomers Bob Younger and Charlie Pitts.

Frank James and Cole Younger had been sent to Omaha to ascertain the schedule for the shipment as Jesse James, Jim and John Younger, Clell Miller, and Bill Chadwell, remained in camp near Adair. Finally, Frank James and Cole Younger got their tip that the gold shipment was on its way east and they brought the report to Jesse who had made plans for the train robbery. On the afternoon of the robbery, the bandits called at the section house and obtained some pies and other food from Mrs. Robert Grant, wife of the section foreman. In the meantime, the bandits broke into the handcar house, stole a spike-bar and hammer with which they pried off a fish-plate connecting two rails and pulled out the spikes. This was on a curve of the railroad track west of Adair near the Turkey Creek bridge on old U.S. No. 6 Highway. A rope was tied on the west end of the disconnected north rail. The rope was passed under the south rail and led to a hole they had cut in the bank in which to hide. When the train came along, the rail was jerked out of place and the engine plunged into the ditch and toppled over on its side. Engineer John Rafferty of Des Moines was killed, the fireman, Dennis Foley, died of his injuries and several passengers were injured. Two members of the gang, believed to have been Jesse and Frank James, climbed into the express car and forced John Burgess, the guard, to open the safe. In it they found only $2,000 in currency--the gold shipment had been delayed. They collected only about $3,000, including the currency and loot taken from the passengers.

  • Having ventured out of my normal field I was taking a hard look at the James' gang train robbery at Adair, Iowa. July 1873. Looking through every primary source I could find, it appears there may... more
    • Who Were Those Masked Men, Daddy? — gobs, Tue Feb 12 11:33
      • "green hands" K.t.K., Wed Feb 13 06:11
        Thanks Gob. Yes I am actually interested in two candidates - the other being Manson T. "Jack" Lobb. He was described by someone with whom Lobb had many run-ins, as having been "associated with the... more
        • The very man ...gobs, Wed Feb 13 13:03
          "after the 1881 Blue Cut train robbery, ten "gang members" were initially arrested, then eventually released" Kenny ... the authorities made an even bigger deal out of proving the ten suspects [and... more
          • Re: The very man ...K.t.K., Wed Feb 13 16:51
            The four Blount brother's ages are ascertained from 1860 Census (Fort Scott, Ks,) and the 1870 Census (Granby, Newton, Mo.) What is known about their collective movements through the 1870s seems to... more
            • Blount and the James GangPeter Brand, Sat Mar 9 00:10
              The Leadville newspapers had Jake confused with his older brother, Allen "Bud" Blount. It was Bud Blount who was thought to have ridden with the James Gang via his friendship with Hobbs Kerry. PB
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