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The Bank of Waynesville the morning after the robbery. A slab of steel was hurled through the large window at far right. Hundreds of citizens viewed the damage over the next three days. Courtesy of Jim Mitchell.

“Cussed and Discussed” The 1917 Waynesville Bank Robbery

637 460 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

The following article first appeared in the 2017 edition of the Old Settlers Gazette published by the Old Stagecoach Stop Museum & Foundation in Waynesville, Missouri. Each year the publication is provided free of charge, thanks to enthusiastic advertisers, in anticipation of the Old Settlers Day festival held in July. Past issues are available online at www.oldstagecoachstop.org. Pulaski County Tourism…

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Newburg’s Coldest Case: The Mystery of J.W. Scanlan

1200 400 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

John W. Scanlan was born in Pennsylvania in May, 1854 to Irish immigrants. On December 19, 1911, while conducting business in Phelps County, Missouri he disappeared. His body was never recovered. Springfield Republican headline December 24, 1911 Civic Minded Business & Family Man J.W. Scanlan, as the Rolla Herald often referred to him, had certainly made an impact on Newburg,…

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Who Poisoned The Jack?

720 479 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

AN ATTEMPT WAS MADE TO POISON COMPANY JACK Sheriff Lee Baker Makes An Arrest Tuesday. On the night of Monday, May 28th an attempt was made to poison the big jack recently purchased from the Ravenwood Stock Farm, in Cooper county by a number of Waynesville citizens. The animal was being kept by W.L. Vaught, one of the owners, in…

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Henry Starr, the Cherokee Bad Man

The Cherokee Badman Comes To Town

510 647 Laura (Abernathy) Huffman

December 20, 1920 most likely started off as a typical weekday in Seligman, Missouri. That all changed mid-morning, around 10 o’clock, when an automobile pulled in front of the Bank of Seligman. A dark complexioned, tall man and his shorter tow-headed companion stepped out of the vehicle and entered the bank. A third man stayed behind, behind the wheel, waiting.…

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