Monday, March 31, 2014

On This Date in Minnesota History: March 31

March 31, 1920 - Four bandits, who attempted to rob the Farmer’s State Bank in Cedar, Minn., earlier today, were captured by a posse in a barn near Constance and lodged in jail at Anoka, after a four-hour gun battle.

The bandits were frightened away after they had blown out the outer door. A posse was quickly formed and followed them.

Another posse awaited them near Anoka, headed by Sheriff Pratt.

Caught between two fires, the bandits were forced to flee across swamps, and more than a hundred in the two posses followed. The bandits finally give up.

The police believe the same four robbed a St. Paul garage of $4,000 in cash and valuables last night and took a motor car.

Bemidji Daily Pioneer
; “Four Bandits are Captured After Attack on State Bank; Blew Open Outer Door of Cedar Farmers Bank; Posses Formed; Caught Between Two Fires of Pursuers; Believed to Be the Same Gang That Got $4,000 From Garage Last Night”; March 31, 1920; p. 1.

Today, Cedar is a community within the city of Oak Grove in Anoka County, Minn.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain March 31, 2014, 
as long as acknowledgement included.  

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