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100 years ago: Posse pursues Linwood Bank robbers through Tonganoxie

July 22, 2016

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 22, 1916:

  • "Linwood Bank Robbers Elude Pursuing Posse. Robbers Last Seen on Road Northwest of Tonganoxie.. Many In Pursuit. – The last definite report on the fleeing bandits is to the effect that they were last seen between Tonganoxie and McLouth…. Telephones and telegraphs in this part of Kansas were kept busy during much of last night, while rumors as to the location of the robbers were flying about the country. One report was to the effect that the bandits were surrounded in a corn field near Basehor, in Leavenworth county, after an accident which had damaged their car. This report was investigated by the officers from Leavenworth, who found a damaged Ford car which the owners were trying to repair. Other reports were that the bandits had turned towards Kansas City near Basehor. Then it was learned that the Tonganoxie people had taken up the chase and that the bandit car was traveling toward McLouth. The news was telephoned ahead. J. E. Blevens followed the bandits in a Ford car.... They kept track of the car, either by watching it or telephoning ahead. They followed the car about sixteen miles through Tonganoxie, and then the Ford got a puncture and they could not follow further.... A farmer named Sam Hawes, living four miles east of Tonganoxie, said he saw this car pass and that one man was blacking the face of the driver.... The Tonganoxie party began pursuit thirty minutes after the bandits passed through.... The bandits passed through the town, turned north, then east, then south, the west and back through the town again turning south. After this they could not be found and no trail could be picked up either by search or telephone. At no time were the pursuers within shooting distance of the bandit car."
  • "With bank robberies so frequent certain timid ones are wondering if their money is as safe in a bank as it might be buried at home. As all of the banks of Lawrence carry burglary insurance which protects them against loss by theft, and as the individual has no similar method in insuring himself against loss by theft, the safest place for money is the bank. If a Lawrence bank should be rifled, or if all of the banks in Lawrence should be robbed by yegg men, it would not cost the depositors a cent. The insurance companies would make the losses good."
  • "The fire at the University Wednesday afternoon did a little damage to the trees in Marvin Grove. No damage was noticeable at the time the fire was extinguished, but since that time it has been noticed that six trees near the ravine in which the brush was burning have been scorched badly and the leaves on all of them have turned brown. It is not thought that the trees themselves are hurt, but an unusual brown spot is added to the appearance of the grove. The prompt response of the fire department saved the fire from spreading through the grove."
  • "The old front on the Ober store has been entirely removed and operations will begin Monday morning on the installation of a new modern front. While this is going on, the rear end is being extended to the alley so that the complete store will be larger and more modern than before.... The whole work of remodeling will be completed near the first of September and the store put in shape for fall trade."
  • "From the present tendency the newspaper that has a car of print in storage will soon be putting on all kinds of airs. A paper mill advised the Journal-World yesterday that it had refused an order for news print at $4.25 per hundred at the mill and the end is not yet. Last week the Journal-World snapped up a half car of print from the defunct Ottawa Journal at $4.00 a hundred, although it still has two car loads under contract at a less price and had a full car on hand at the time. The newspaper that does not buy paper when it can get it, will soon be unable to meet its requirements."

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