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1910 Train Robbery

1910 Train Robbery

Posted: 1371584414000
Classification: Query
We have a legend in out Taylor family, that Great Grandfather Charles Taylor, was shot off of a telegraph pole, during a train robbery in 1910. Charles Taylor was from Jefferson Co, MO. This tale comes from Charles' middle son William A. Taylor & Wm would have been about age 20, Grandpa William also said he remembers rough men riding into his mothers farm yard & throwing saddle bags on the poarch & saying that Charles would not be home as he was killed. Actually there is a second simular version by Wm's youngest brother Bryant Taylor that Charles worked for the Railroad & was killed by the James Gang, but the James Gang had been out of business for almost 20 years in 1910, but there were lesser known gangs in the area at the time.
I have looked high & low for a train robbery in or about 1910 in Missouri & surrounding states, with out success. So I am wondering if anyone on this Missouri Board knows of one?

Re: 1910 Train Robbery

Posted: 1371735298000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1371862777000
I found one train robbery in 1910, I don't know if this is the one you're looking for but it's the only one I could find. It was in Glencoe, St Louis County Missouri. St Louis Co is next to Jefferson Co. Not a lot of info but maybe you can research it more...

The Great Glencoe Train Robbery. Accounts are found in two books in the Missouri Historical Society collection: A Review of Famous Crimes Solved by St. Louis Policemen and Fifty Years a Detective, the latter by a "private eye" of that era.
Two masked and armed men, one with his hand in a bandage, boarded the passenger train No. 8 at a water tank near Eureka. This occurred on either January 21st or February 21, 1910 (depending on which book one believes.) Hidden between the tender and the mail car, the armed desperadoes took over the locomotive at Glencoe, fired a fusillade of shots at the conductor and curious passengers, disconnected locomotive, tender and mail car from the rest of the train and, with engineer and fireman under gunpoint, piloted the steam locomotive down the tracks a mile or two.
There they gathered up the mail sacks of registered mail, rifled some until they had $600 in cash, then, releasing the engineer and fireman (who steamed hastily back to Glencoe) they stashed the remaining registered mail sacks amidst corn shock in a field, boarded a hidden rowboat and escaped down the Meramec.
Depending upon which account is read, diligent work by the private detective, or by the St. Louis police, led to the apprehension of both culprits. George Ebberling was taken in Hot. Springs, Arkansas, where he was "taking the baths. "William W. Lowe, identified by the boils on his right hand which had required the bandage and forced him to shoot left-handed, was arrested in his bogus brokerage office in downtown St. Louis. The registered mail sacks were retrieved from the corn shocks and both men were sent up the river to the penitentiary at Jefferson City.

Good luck with your search!!
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