Super Bowl guess; Trails End kudos
Date posted: September 4, 2013
A reader from Dayton writes in a letter (wow, a letter): “Hope you’re enjoying your summer.”
Q: What did the buffalo say to his boy when he dropped him off at school?
A: Bi son.
An “atta boy” regarding Sheridan attractions…….
Misty Peterson of Gillette writes: “Myself and 20 friends attended the ‘80s Rock Fest concert at Trails End Concert Park. Wow!”
Continuing…”a great addition to your town…everything was perfect. Sound. Seats. Food. We will all be back!”
Fearless prediction: That next Super Bowl, the one outside New York. Cold weather and all? No domed stadium. (Egad!)
It’ll feature: Denver’s Broncos (12-4) and San Francisco’s ‘49ers (12-4).
The James-Younger outlaw gang picked the wrong place, that of Northfield, Minn., in September 1876, to rob the First National Bank and its citizens of its money. After five years of successfully robbing banks and trains, the outlaws were thinking retirement in distant places from their native Missouri. There were wives and children and assumed names.
One more big score was necessary. It didn’t go according to plan and instead of a cash-rich bank financing the next phase of their lives, they got away with less than $20, with two dead, and the title of a nifty history, “Shot All to Hell” by Mark Lee Gardner.
Author Gardner provides the reader with the events leading up to the raid — the members’ past as guerilla fighters with Quantrill and Anderson, the widespread resentment of these “sons of the South” stemming from the Civil War’s defeat. What’s new, too, in a story that’s been told often (nine movies on the subject) is the background of the Northfield town folk who fought off the raid and won; and the gang’s tragic-comic escape from Northfield and incensed posses, while bloodied and beaten.
Writes Gardner: “Eight men at the top of their game. No gang of criminals was more feared, more wanted, more celebrated. They were they quintessential horseback outlaws. Before Sept. 7, 1876, the James-Younger gang had never been challenged, denied or defeated. On that fateful day, the people of Northfield had little idea who these well-mounted strangers were. And that is just the way the gang wanted it.”
It’s available from our local bookstore, Sheridan Stationery, Books and Gallery, 211 Main St.