Friday, December 2, 2016

On This Date in Minnesota History: December 2

December 2, 1921 – Menaced by a bandit’s gun, Justice of the Peace V. D. Crandall shot him down on the streets of Robbinsdale, Minn., Friday and recovered $1,500 that the man had just stolen from the Security State Bank. The man was identified as G. G. Farrel of Minneapolis.

With a mask over his eyes, the man entered the bank when Ole Orvum, 24, and Miss Carrie McDougall were alone. He thrust a gun at Orvum and demanded the money. Miss McDougall started the burglar alarm and the bandit fled.

A. B. Wallace, real estate dealer, borrowed a revolver; Crandall accompanied him, and they followed the bandit. Wallace and Crandall called to him to halt, and the bandit drew his gun. Crandall grabbed the revolver from Wallace and fired. The bandit fell dead.

The Bemidji Daily Pioneer; “Recovers Stolen Money After Daring Robbery”; Dec. 3, 1921; p. 1.

Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Dec. 2, 2016,
 as long as acknowledgement included.


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