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Identifier

044_1986_44_6092

Approximate Date

10-16-1920

Description

A man is sitting in profile and is wearing a suit Welch, Reuben Sheriff (his prisoner) / The only crime reported in the Stafford Courier and The County Capital during October and November of 1920 was a robbery that took place at Wilson Clothing Co. (owned by E.J. Wilson and P.B. Ardrey) in Stafford on Oct. 9. Stolen items included 62 suits of clothing, 16 hats, 36 pairs of men's silk hose, 65 silk shirts, 8 vests, 15 overcoats and one sheep-lined coat. Similar robberies had occurred at Plevna, Abbyville and Nickerson. “Sheriff Welch was called and arrived in a short while. All the possible means were used to spread the report to officials in this and surrounding states in an effort to apprehend the criminals.” It was speculated the robberies were committed by a “gang that is well organized and prepared to escape capture.” In the Oct. 28, 1920 edition of The County Capital, the editor lamented, “Lack of space has forced The Capital to omit much interesting matter both news and advertising, this week.” Because of elections, all of the space in both newspapers was dedicated to candidates and results, and there never was a follow-up story to the robbery. We can only speculate as to whether the prisoner in these “mug shots” was one of the robbers or not.

Physical Description

4" x 5" Glass-plate negative

Subject

Men--Portraits--1920-1930, Clothing & dress, Prisoners, Stafford County (Kan.)

Rights

© Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced without permission. Please credit Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society as your source.

Publisher

Access provided by Forsyth Digital Collections

Collection

Gray Studio Glass Plate Negative Collection

Comments

For questions contact the Stafford County Historical and Genealogical Society.

Keywords

Men--Portraits--1920-1930, Clothing & dress, Prisoners, Stafford County (Kan.)

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