The James-Younger Gang – Terror in the Heartland

Victims of the James-Younger Gang:

Jesse James Home Kearney, MO -1877

Jesse James Home Kearney, MO -1877

Dan Askew (18??-1875) – A neighbor east of the James Farm near Kearney, Missouri, Askew was found dead April 12, 1875. Askew was believed to have harbored Pinkerton Spy Jack Ladd, and in the killing was thought to have been in revenge for the Pinkerton bombing of the James Farm in January, 1875. Afterwards, everyone in Clay County who did not think of the James boys as heroes grew too frightened to speak out against them.

Alonzo E. Bunker (18??-1876) – The Assistant Cashier at the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, he was shot in the shoulder during the attempted robbery on September 7, 1876. However, Bunker would recover.

Edwin B. Daniels (18??-1874) – St. Clair County, Missouri Deputy Sheriff killed by Jim Younger near Roscoe, Missouri on March 17, 1874.

Dennis Foley – On July 21, 1873, the James-Younger Gang made their first train robbery at Adair, Iowa. The gang hid along a bank after disconnecting two rails of the track and pulling out the spikes. Anticipating that the engineer would stop, the plan failed when Engineer John Rafferty instead slammed on the air brakes and the train derailed, killing Rafferty when the engine crushed him. Fireman Dennis Foley was also seriously injured. Though, things didn’t go as the gang planned, they went on to rob the train and its passengers of some $6,000.

Richmond Missouri

Richmond Missouri

B.G. Griffin (18??-1867) – On the afternoon of May 22, 1867, the James-Younger Gang appeared in Richmond, Missouri to rob the Hughes and Wasson Bank. During the robbery three men were killed, including B.G. Griffin, when he came to the aid of his dying son, Frank S. Griffin.

Frank S. Griffin (18??-1867) – On the afternoon of May 22, 1867, the James-Younger Gang appeared in Richmond, Missouri to rob the Hughes and Wasson Bank. During the robbery three men were killed, including Frank Griffin who was shot in the head. Upon seeing this his father, B.G. Griffin raced to the aid of his dying son, and also received a shot in the head.

Nicholas Gustavson (18??-1876) – A Swedish immigrant who is thought not have been able to understand the warnings coming from Northfield, Minnesota citizens, was shot down in the hail of gunfire during the attempted robbery of the First National Bank on  September 7, 1876.

Joseph Lee Heywood (1837-1876) – Acting Cashier at the First National Bank in Northfield, Minnesota, Heywood refused to open the safe for the members of the James-Younger Gang on September 7, 1876. Though the men threatened to slit his throat, he continued to refuse and was shot by Frank James.

Jack Ladd – A Pinkerton Agent, Jack Ladd was posing as a farm worker for Dan Askew, who was a neighbor of the James Farm  Ladd and Askew were both killed on April 12, 1875 in revenge for the Pinkerton bombing of the James Farm in January, 1875.

Captain Louis J. Lull, aka: W.J. Allen (18??-1874) – A Pinkerton Agent from ChicagoIllinoisLull was killed by John Younger near Roscoe, Missouri on March 17, 1874.

Nimrod Long – When the James-Younger Gang robbed his bank in Russellville, Kentucky, on March 20, 1868, a bullet was fired at his head. Fortunately for the banker, the shot grazed him and though he fell to the floor, he easily survived the scalp wound.

R.A.C Martin (18??-1872) – Martin was the Cashier at the Bank of Columbia, Kentucky when the James-Younger Gang robbed it on April 29, 1872. Unfortunately, Martin made the mistake of going for a pistol and for his attempt at bravery, he was shot and killed.

Judge James Garnet – President of the Bank of Columbia, Kentucky when the James-Younger Gang robbed it on April 29, 1872. Garnet was shot in the hand during the robbery, which years later caused it to be amputated.

Judge John McClain – Shot in the arm on March 2, 1867 during the the attempted robbery of his bank in Savannah, Missouri. McClain recovered.

Adair Iowa Train Derailment

Adair Iowa Train Derailment during robbery in 1873.

John Rafferty (18??-1873) – On July 21, 1873, the James-Younger Gang made their first train robbery at Adair, Iowa. The gang hid along a bank after disconnecting two rails of the track and pulling out the spikes. Anticipating that the engineer would stop, the plan failed when Engineer John Rafferty instead slammed on the air brakes and the train derailed, killing Rafferty when the engine crushed him. Though, things didn’t go as the gang planned, they went on to rob the train and its passengers of some $6,000.

John B. Shaw (18??-1867) – On the afternoon of May 22, 1867, the James-Younger Gang appeared in Richmond, Missouri to rob the Hughes and Wasson Bank. During the robbery three men were killed, including Mayor John B. Shaw, who was shot in the chest.

John W. Sheets (18??-1869) – When the James-Younger Gang robbed the Davies County Savings Bank in Gallatin, Missouri on December 7, 1869, the shot Sheets in the head. Allegedly, the gang thought that he was Major S. P. Cox who killed William “Bloody Bill” Anderson.

Unknown Girl – When the gang robbed the Kansas City Exposition on September 26, 1872, there was a dispute with the ticket seller and a stray bullet hit a young girl in the leg. She recovered.

John W. Whicher (18??-1874) – A Pinkerton Detective who had been sent to investigate the James Brothers in Jackson County, Missouri. Unfortunately, upon his arrival he let one too many people know about his plans and was soon found found shot to death alongside a rural road on March 11, 1874.

George Wymore (1849?-1866) – After making their first robbery on February 13, 1866 in Liberty, Missouri, shots were fired upon making their escape. unfortunately, a stray bullet hit innocent 17 year old Wymore who was standing in front of the Green Hotel. Later, the family would say that they received a letter of apology from Jesse James.

 

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© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated July, 2017.

Also See:

Jesse James – Folklore Hero or Cold-Blooded Killer?

Jesse James Timeline

Modern Bad Men – A 1907 Account

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