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Grant Bank Robbed 1915
THE BANK OF GRANT ROBBED THIS AFTERNOON
TWO MEN ENTERED AND HELD CASHIER UP AT POINT OF GUN
L.G. Webb Alone in Financial Institution at Time.
Posse Formed in Pursuit with Fifteen Minutes.
The Hugo Daily Husonian September 7, 1915 - transcribed by Ron Henson
At 3:30 this afternoon as Lucvian G. Webb, assistant cashier of the Bank of Grant, was counting his cash and closing his books on the day's business tow men entered the bank and cofered [sic] Mr. Webb with their pistols and ordered him to "fork over" the money on hand. Unable to get to his own gun Mr. Webb followed the directions of the robbers and delivered to them the money demanded. The two men then backed out of the bank and ran to the railroad track one hundred yards away. They ran south down the track. As soon as the men had gotten away from the bank a few feet, Mr. Webb found his six shooter and ran to the front door of the bank and fired three shots at the men. They increased their speed and ran on down the track a little further and then turned off into the timber and went toward the east.
The banker quickly alarmed the town and formed a posse which at once set out in pursuit of the robbers. The only officer in town was Lon Keel and he is sick in bed. All of the members of the posse were armed and ready to discuss the matter with the robbers vigorously.
Sheriff Loftin within fifteen minutes after the robbery was on his way to the scene in A.T. Wight's six cylender [sic] car. On account of the quick information received the sheriff thought that it would be almost impossible for the robbers to get away.
Mr. Webb told no one how much money was gotten in the robbery. Ordinarily the bank keeps on hand a sum ranging between fifteen hundred and two thousand dollars, so it is quite possible that the haul was a profitable one for the thieves.
BANK ROBBERS CAPTURED THIS MORNING
SHERIFF LOFTIN TOOK OLLIE MADDING AT SAWYER AND DEPUTIES TOOK BEN WILLIS AT RATTAN. MONEY FOUND.
Sheriff Will be in Late This Evening With His Quarry. Others Have Long Ride to Get Here With Man.
The Hugo Daily Husonian September 10, 1915 - transcribed by Ron Henson
Sheriff Loftin, who has been almost continuously on the trail, captured Ollie Madding at Sawyer this morning and arrested him with a warrant charging him with robbing the Bak of Grant last Tuesday afternoon.
Following close upon the heels of the sheriff's announcement came word from Deputies Burns and Cash at Rattan that they had just taken the other man wanted, Ben Willis.
The two men are charged with the joint robbery of the Bank of Grant Tuesday afternoon. They entered the bank about 3:30 in the afternoon and held L.G. Webb, cashier, up at the point of a gun and forced his [sic] to hand over to them #385. The men then locked the banker in the vault and escaped. Mr. Webb quickly took off the lock of the vault door and ran after the men at whom he fired a round of shots from his shot gun. One of the men dropped a coat and this was the clue that eventually led to the apprehension of the two men. Ollie Madding's father identified the coat as belonging to his son and offered to lead the sheriff to him if no harm was done to his boy. Today's arrests are the result.
Mr. Lofin is expected in by five o'clock with Maddings and the two deputies are expected some time tonight with Willis. They telephoned from Rattan and asked to be met at Spencer bridge by a team and surrey. County Attorney R.K. Warren will meet them there.
The cederity [sic] and speed with which these two captures have been made speak well for the efficiency of the sheriff's office.
BANK ROBBERS GENEROUS WITH MONEY
MADDINGS YOUTH LOANED AND GAVE OVER HUNDRED DOLLARS AWAY TO FRIENDS OF GRANT BANK MONEY. BOTH CONFESS.
Willis, the Confederate, Held Sack by Failing to Get His Share of Robbery Proceeds.
The Hugo Daily Husonian September 12, 1915 - transcribed by Ron Henson
When Ollie Madding was placed under arrest by Sheriff Loftin Friday at Sawyer there was found on the person of the youthful bank robber the sum of $216.67. When Deputy Cash and Burns searched the man they took, Ben Willis, no money at all was found upon him. Both were brought to Hugo and this morning made confession to the county attorney admitting that they were the persons wanted for robbing the Bank of Grant last Tuesday afternoon.
They said that they had planned the robbery some days before and laid their plans. They also admitted that they were the guilty parties in robbing the store of Silas Bacon at Goodland Academy west of town. From the store they had taken dry goods, clothing and articles of wearing apparel. Some of this Mr. Loftin has been able to recover.
After robbing the Bank of Grant the two young men kept together until they had gotten into the field where they turned off from the railroad track. Both had become greatly alarmed by then and they separated without waiting to divide the spoils of the $385 which they had secured from the bank. Maddings had taken the money and still had it when the two separated. Willis left penniless and was in the same condition when taken at Rattan Friday. Madding had on himself $216.65. The remaining odd hundred and sixty nine dollars he said he had spent or given away to friends. To one he gave twenty five dollars, others ten, fifteen and varying amounts.
At the examining trial held Saturday morning before Judge Oakes both waived examination and said they would go before the district court.
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