Ticket seller, Ben Wallace was robbed of his cash box September 26, 1872 by three mounted men. Following the robbery, a small girl was shot in the leg. It is believed by Mr. Wallace in the excitement of the moment, not the robbers shot the girl while trying to recover the monies.
The story exists that the girls family received a letter a short time later apologizing for the injury as no one was to be injured.
The reports concerning amount of monies liberated varies up to $ 10,000.00. Dr. Settle’s book indicates the outlaws efforts netted $ 978.00.
Hot Springs Stage Robbery By Philip Steel
Hot Springs, Ark. became an early vacation resort as a result of the many thermal springs that flowed from the hills surrounding the city. Trains from the north and east brought numerous wealthy passenger to Little Rock and Malvern, Ark. where
special coaches picked them up and carried them 60 miles through the Ouachita Mountains to Hot Springs.
No Doubt still suffering from leg and chest wounds he received during the civil war, Jesse James found the mineral baths of Hot Springs helpful. Drifting into Arkansas following their robbery of the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific train near Adair, Iowa on July 21, 1873, Jesse James and Frank James along with their Younger brother associates planned their first stage coach robbery. John Gould Fletcher described the event in his book, “Arkansas,” as follows.
On the morning of January 15,1874 as the coach from Malvern carrying fourteen passengers approaching Sulphur Creek voices from nearby rocks ordered the stage driver to stop. Five men were wearing long blue overcoats and handkerchief masks the emerged from the rocks and surrounded the coach with pistols drawn.
Pat O’Connor from Oklahoma was one of the unfortunate passengers and described the event in a newspaper interview as follows. The passengers were removed from the coach and lined up along the roadside. Each were frisked for weapons then asked to kneel with their hands in the air. One of the male passengers refused to keep his arms up until one of the bandits explained that if he continued to disobey their order a bullet would be
sent through his head. The passengers were then asked to place their money, watches, and jewelry in a grain sack. A goated old gentleman who admired the robbers horses told the bandits that he had served in the confederate cavalry during the Civil War.
Before leaving the scene, a large bandit, believed to have been Cole Younger, returned the man’s purse to him. After unhitching the team of horses from the coach and driving them away with gunshots, the robbers quietly rode away. Amounts taken by the gang in the robbery vary greatly.
Author Homer Croy reported in his book that $ 8,000.00 was taken by the thieves. Mrs. E. L. Elsworth, a Hot Springs historian, wrote that only $1, 000 was taken by the thieves. Author Carl Briehan reports the figure to have been $ 3,500.00.
When the coach finally reached the Sumpter Hotel several hours later , Sheriff Little was notified and a posse was formed to search the mountains around Hot Springs. Since the James and Younger brothers were well known by this time, it was simply assumed by the passengers that they were robbed by the James – Younger gang. Official documentation of the bandits true identity would not come until some eight years later when Jesse James was killed by Bob Ford at his home in St. Joseph, Missouri, April 3, 1882. A gold pocket watch identified as one taken from Hot Springs coach passenger was found among Jesse James’ person effects.
Two weeks after the gang’s first stagecoach robbery, a train was held up at Gad’s Hill, Missouri, where $ 10,000.00 was taken from the express car.
Kansas Pacific Railroad Train Robbery Muncie, Wyandotte County, Kansas
The Kansas Pacific Railroad Train was stopped west of Kansas City December 8, 1874. The robbers leisurely took their time. It
was reported that they liberated $30,000.00 in monies as well as the passengers personal items. Other reports estimated the monies were as high as $ 55,000.00.
William “Bud” Mc Daniel (known friend of the James Boys) was arrested in Kansas City a short time after for the robbery. He
escaped from jail and was killed shortly afterwards.
Stagecoaches Austin, Texas
April 1874 presented several Stagecoach robberies between San Antonio and Austin, Texas credited to a five member James Gang. It was later confirmed, Jesse and Zee were living in the area at the time. Supporters of Jesse, indicated that he couldn’t have been involved as he was in Kansas City at the time. Some reports estimated that the robber took close to$ 3,000.00.
Missouri Pacific Railroad Train Rockey Cut, Missouri
T he Missouri Pacific Railroad Train was robbed between Rockey Cut and Otterville, Missouri east of Sedelia on July 7, 1876. Reports indicate the robbery was well planned out, netting $15,000.00 and no one was hurt.
Waverly – Lexington Omnibus Stagecoach Robberies
On August 30, 1874, two robberies occurred with twenty five miles apart on the same day. Many reports, stated that the robbers were recognized. Later the witnesses recanted after visiting with Zerelda James-Samuel.
Nimrod Long and Bank Russellville, Kentucky, by Phillip Steel
Five men were reported to be part of the gang on March 20, 1868. The outlaws walked into the bank and asked Nimrod Long, cashier to cash a bond. At that moment, the outlaws drew their guns and jumped over the bank counter. Long bolted leaving another bank employee to load the men’s sacks. Mr. Long was shot at, fortunately he was only nicked by the bullet.
The reports concerning the amount stolen varies from a few thousand up to $15,000.00. Dr. Settle’s book indicates the bank robbers netted $12,000.00.
J esse James continued to suffer from the lung wound he received while attempting to surrender as the Civil War came to an end. He learned of a Dr. Eve in Nashville who specialized in treating such wounds. After the gang’s bold robbery of Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, Missouri, on February 13,1866, Jesse, along with his brother Frank and their Younger brothers associates, took refuge at the home of George and Nancy Hite near Adairsville, Kentucky. Nancy Hite was a sister to the James brother’s father. From there, Jesse sought treatment from Dr. Eve and recuperated for several months.
As he regained his strength, and by now was needing money, Jesse along with Frank James, Cole Younger, Jim White, John Jarrett, end George Shepherd, who had all served together with Quantrill during the Civil War– chose to rob the Southern Deposit Bank of Russellville, Kentucky on March 20,1868. Somewhat more confident from the success they had in their first bank robbery in Liberty, Missouri, the gang took between $9,000 and $14,000 and once more took refuge at the Hite home near Adairsville. Same reports indicated that Jesse was still too weak to have participated in the Russellville robbery. Descriptions of the robbers given by Russellville citizens, however, indicate that both Jesse and Frank James were with the party.
The bank building there remains the same as it was in 1868, and this second bank robbery by the notorious James- Younger gang is proudly re-enacted by the city on several occasions throughout the year. They can be visited today at http://www.sdb.abcbank.com
Mammoth Cave, Kentucky by Phillip Steele
Several men stopped the stagecoach carrying passengers between Kentucky’s Mammoth Cave and the railroad station in Cave City on September 3, 1880. The seven passengers were made to step out. While the largest bandit asked them to empty their purses into a wheat sack, a small man with irritated and watery eyes searched the passengers for jewelry. Judge R.H. Rountree of Lebanon, Kentucky, a leading political figure, was wearing a gold pocket watch which was engraved: “To Judge Rountree, with best wishes from Gov. J. Proctor Knott.” The bandit took the watch and exclaimed, “This is one watch I will be most proud to wear.”
When Jesse James was killed by Bob Ford at his St. Joseph, Missouri, home on April 3, 1882, he was wearing the watch inscribed to Judge Rountree.
Judge John Mc Clain Banking House Savannah, Missouri
This actually was an attempted robbery on a private bank that occurred 2:30 pm. March 2, 1867 in Savannah, east of St. Joseph, Missouri in Andrew County. There were five men in the gang, four men dismounted and entered the bank. Judge Mc Clain refused to be robbed and put up an admirable defense. During the attempt Judge John Mc Clain was shot but lived. No money was stolen.
Ocobock Brothers Bank Corydon, Iowa
The Ocobock Brothers Bank of Corydon, Iowa near Centerville in southern central Iowa was robbed by four men on June 3, 1871. At the time of the robbery, the bank was occupied by a lone cashier. During this robbery no one was shot or injured.
The reports concerning amount of monies liberated varies from $ 6,000 to $ 70,000. Dr. Settle’s book indicates the bank robbers netted $ 6,000.00.