On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 while reeling a microfilm at Pueblo City-County Library; 100 East Abriendo Avenue, my eyes caught the first article about “BANK BANDITS KILL OFFICER AT EADS, COLO.” LAMAR, Colo., March 14, --- (AP) ---
This was on the front page of The Pueblo Chieftain, Saturday, March 15, 1930…
“Three desperate bank bandits killed one police officer and seriously wounded three others in a foray into eastern Colorado today after they had robbed the Manter State bank; of Manter, Kan., of approximately $4,000.
Deputy Sheriff Charles Hickman of Eads was shot to death in a pitched battle when officers sought to halt the robbers two miles east of Eads. Deputy Sheriff Bill Mosher was shot in the leg.
Five miles west of here one of several hurriedly organized posses in eastern Colorado clashed with the bandits. Sheriff William Coe was wounded in the left groin and leg and Deputy Sheriff George Hellingshead suffered an arm wound. Sheriff Coe’s condition later was reported serious at a Denver hospital where he was taken.
Racing thru other vigilantes, the trio took the automobile of Fred Hadley, not deputized citizen and fled eastward into Kansas. Near the Colorado line they overtook two youths and abandoned their car for the one in which the boys were riding. At Kanorado they compelled a filling station attendant to fill their gasoline tank and near Ruleton about nine miles east on U. S. highway No. 40 (north) they passed a sheriff from Goodland, Kan., who was on the lookout for the car they had abandoned.
The trail led past Colby, Kan., where several cars were in hot pursuit. The bandits eluded the pursuers, however, by doubling back to Colby and changing their course it was believed they either continued eastward or headed south from Colby.
The car taken near Kanorado is owned by Arthur Hamill, a Colby hardware dealer. Hamill said the men stopped about 15 minutes transferring guns, sacks of money and whisky to his car.
Undersheriff Earnest Mallory and citizen vigilantes trailed the bandit car four miles north then back to town over the Colby-Atwood road a half mile west of the road into which they turned at Colby. The bandits escaped from sight in the heavy traffic back in the city.”
To be continuing: Bob James.
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