Tuesday, May 30, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: May 30

May 30, 1905 – The post office and store at Guthrie, 13 miles south of Bemidji, was robbed by two masked men this evening.

Postmaster Herzberg and R. S. Walker were in the office when two masked men entered and, with leveled revolvers, commanded them to hold up their hands. While one of the robbers covered Herzberg and Walker, the other rifled the till, getting $10.

The robbers then took $65 in cash, two gold watches and a ring from Herzberg and Walker. They also took a Winchester rifle and some ammunition.

The men then marched the postmaster and his companion up the railroad track past Nary to within two miles of Bemidji. At this point they commanded the men to countermarch to Guthrie.

Herzberg and Walker walked back to Nary and attempted in vain to telephone to Bemidji. They drove to Bemidji the next morning and notified Sheriff Bailey. One of the holdup men was a short man dressed in a long frock coat; the other was a much larger man.

The Minneapolis Journal; “Masked Men Rob Guthrie’s Office. Postmaster and Companion Are Marched from Scene of Crime at Point of Winchester.”; May 31, 1905; p. 1.

Post office and store, Guthrie, Minn., 1910



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