Author to keynote at FCHS Annual Meeting · January 31, 2016

Author to keynote at FCHS Annual Meeting · January 31, 2016
Reposted from the Thursday, January 14, 2016, Franklin County Historical Society media release. (Content may contain minor formatting edits made by Beemer Books.) Read the original post here.

Posted by Diana Staresinic-Deane | FCHS | Jan 14, 2016

NOTORIOUS KANSAS BANK HEISTS and the gunslingers and gangsters who committed them will be the focus of author Rod Beemer’s keynote presentation during the 79th Annual Meeting of the Members of the Franklin County Historical Society on Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m. at Neosho County Community College in Ottawa, Kansas.

During the first half of the 20th century, bank robbers were often better equipped to rob banks than the banks were equipped to defend themselves. Carrying top-of-the-line weapons, explosives, and driving fast getaway cars, bank robbers – from legends like Bonnie and Clyde, Henry Starr, and Elmer McCurdy to men and women who were never identified – inspired more than four thousand vigilantes to patrol the Sunflower State during the 1920s and 1930s to combat the criminal menace. No town was too big or too small for its banks to be hit, and some of those robberies were close to home—including Ottawa’s First National Bank, which was robbed by the notorious Fleagle Gang on November 2, 1923. During that heist, the Fleagle Gang absconded with more than $150,000 in bonds and cash.

The January 31 program will begin at 2 p.m. with a short review of the exhibits, events, and activities of 2015 and a preview of 2016, followed by Rod Beemer’s presentation on notorious Kansas bank heists. Books will be available for sale and signing afterward. Refreshments will be served. This free event is open to the public and will be held at Neosho County Community College’s Ottawa Campus, 900 East Logan Street, Ottawa, Kansas. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled for Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m. at NCCC. For more information, contact Deborah Barker at (785) 242-1232 or


Rod Beemer multimedia presentation

January 31, 2016
2:00 PM

Neosho County Community College auditorium


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