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Re: 1941 Macksville Bank Robbery
Posted by: Franklin Ellyson (ID *****9226) Date: January 27, 2009 at 18:23:19
In Reply to: Re: 1941 Macksville Bank Robbery by Jeff Palmer of 175

Jeff: I was 7 years old when the attempted bank robbery happened. Ironic, the morning of the robbery, I had to be taken to the doctors office as I had blood poison in my hand. We went to Dr. Powell's office over the post office. It was erie as there were no other cars on main street. I was treated and my mom stopped at Tudor-Morgan's store on the corner south of the doctor's office. We went home and I was outside when we heard shooting. There were officers in the Farmers and Merchants Bank over the vault and were concealed behind black cloth as the vault did not go clear to the ceiling. There were officers on top of the building on the east side of the street in front of both banks.

It was rumored that both Mr. English and Mr. Wiles stayed home that morning. After the shooting, Russell Denbo, the local undertaker had the two men laid out on the slabs. They opened up the mortuary so the people could see the would be robbers. Mr. Denbo told the people not to pull the sheets down as the boys were not dressed. You could see the wounds they took. I think that most of the town and a lot of the country people came to view the two men.

Most of the businesses on main street were told to stay inside. A business man, Pete Zercher who ran the IHC dealership in the next block south, was coming up the street when the shooting began. He ran to Common's Drug store and he thought they were shooting at him.

A Dectective Magazine came out and wrote a story about the attempted robbery. They had the water fountain in the middle of the street instead of at the corner of Common's Drug Store.

For a small town kid, this was really something and it really scared me to see the men at Denbo's mortuary.


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