Saturday, September 7, 2013

On This Date in Minnesota History: September 7

September 7, 1876 – “The James and Younger gang botched an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minn. [on this date]. Joseph Heywood, the bank teller, was shot and killed when he refused to open the safe. The 3 Younger brothers, Cole, Bob and Jim, were captured 2 weeks later in a swamp near Madelia [Minn.]. 3 others were killed. Photos of all 6 were taken at the time and identified by Cole Younger, who wrote the names on the pictures. The pictures sold at auction in 1999 for $39,100. The raid was reenacted in 1948 and became a regular event in 1970.”

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