Back to the days of Jesse James

Posted June 13, 2013 at 5:00 am

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Akron Public Library Jeannie Frerichs received a new item for the library’s collection of Jesse James items. Jesse James history buff Clifford Faust of Westfield presented Akron Library Director Jeannie Frerichs with Adair, Iowa’s annual Chuckwagon Days celebration news supplement, published by the Adair News in July 2012. It contains several articles about the Jesse James Gang, who staged the world’s first robbery of a moving train the evening of July 21, 1873, a mile-and-a-half west of Adair, Iowa. The gang was defeated three years later on Sept. 7, 1876 when eight members rode into Northfield, Minn., with the intent of robbing the town’s First National Bank but local citizens foiled the robbery and only Jesse and his brother, Frank, made it back to their home in Missouri. Reportedly, on their way south from Northfield, the James brothers passed through Spink, S.D., where they received food and lodging at a trading post. It’s old time history, Faust told The Akron Hometowner, adding he hopes people enjoy reading the library materials on the Jesse James Gang.

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