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James Gang Stopped at Aunt Lizzie's

Submitted by Ron DeVore of Edmonton, KY

As Jessie and Frank James rode thu Adair County at time of the bank robbery in Columbia, they stopped at a Mrs. Elizabeth Dohoneys place.

My Step-Grandfather Wiley Coomer said she was a well known/ much liked older lady referred to as Aunt Lizzie Dohoney.

As was most folks in that area, Aunt Lizzie was a poor but honest hard working person. Apparently the James brothers had been riding fast and furious. HELL BENT FOR LEATHER! is the way Wiley described it. They stopped by Aunt Lizzies modest home and inquired if they might obtain some food and lye soap for their horses hooves. Not given to turning away hungry strangers, Aunt Lizzie asked them in to share her supper and provided the asked-for lye soap. Both brothers were polite and kind toward the lady of the house, never raising their voices or resorting to profanity. Wiley always stressed that each man was well armed with long barreled sidearms of either .44 or .45 caliber size/bore. He indicated to me they were worn in holsters and not removed even to eat their supper. They also carried lever action winchester rifles attached to their saddles by way of leather scabbards.

After they had eaten, seen to their horses and rested some two hours they profusely thanked Aunt Lizzie and rode away into the night.

To her great surprise and joy, when Aunt Lizzie took up the two plates the strangers had eaten from, she found a $10 bill under each plate. Now this may or may not have been some of the loot taken during the Columbia bank robbery but I would tend to believe it was! Makes a better story that way, huh?

This story was posted on 2002-09-13 06:00:00
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