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Bank of Montpelier Robbery


The Montpelier Examiner, Saturday, 15 August 1896, page 1




On Thursday afternoon at 3:20 o'clock while the citizens of Montpelier were quietly engaged in their usual daily avocations, three men none of them masked, rode quietly down Washington street to the Bank of Montpelier and dismounted.  Cashier Gray and Ed Hoover were standing in from the building talking.  One of the men invited them inside, at the same time drawing a six-shooter.  They did as directed and when inside were told to stand with their faces to the wall and hands up.  Two more men who happened to pass the bank door were also ordered in.  Then one of the robbers went around behind the counter and held up Bud McIntosh, the assistant cashier, taking all of the money in sight and dumping it into a sack.  Bud refused to tell where the greenbacks were and the man inside hit him over the eye with a gun.  After ransacking the bank vault they went out, mounted their horses and rode off.

The alarm spread quickly and Deputy Cruikshank and Attorney Bagley were soon on the trail closely followed by Sheriff Davis who was in Paris when the robbery occurred and a a large posse.  The robbers took the canyon road leading to Thomas Fork.  When several miles away they changed horses and crossing Thomas creek took to the mountains.  Telegrams were immediately sent to all points along the railway and in Lander Wyoming and a reward of $500 offered for their capture by Mr. Gray.

Yesterday morning Deputy Cruikshank returned from the chase, leaving Sheriff Davis and his men still in pursuit.  The bank's loss will be about $5000, but it is fully insured against daylight robberies.  Mr. Gray will therefore lose little, if anything, by the occurrence.

LATER-It was rumored late yesterday afternoon that the fugitives had outfitted themselves with three fresh horses eight miles from Cokeville.


It was a regular Kansas holdup.  Councilman Perkins came along just as the robbers were finishing up and they made him come in and hold up his hands.  The streets had few people on them and no teams.  It was some time before horses be secured for pursuit.  Thursday night crowds of men stood about the street, discussing the robbery and all sorts of rumors were afloat.  The bank will be open for business this morning as if nothing had happened.

Assistant Cashier McIntosh lays the robbery to the fatal number of 13.  It was the 13th day of the month; the affair occurred at 13 minutes past 3 o'clock; $13 was the last deposit made before the occurrence and 13 drafts had been issued during the day.  Several other items relative to 13 can also be found.

Orson Pendry came over from Paris with $50 in money to help the bank start yesterday, if it was needed.  The Montpelier bank is protected by five thousand dollars insurance and this will cover nearly if not all of the loss sustained by the robbery.  The bank will be open this morning with plenty of money for business.  Many merchants yesterday tendered Mr. Gray all the currency they had to allow him to open if he so desired but the cashier refused the offer, saying that he would have plenty of money here this morning.  The bank is in no way impaired by the occurrence and will go along the same as if nothing had happened.


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