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    Handwritten Account of Run-in with the James-Younger Gang. Five-page manuscript, written in pencil on leaves of a pocket memorandum pad, detailing an incident that occurred in the late 1870s involving Jesse James and an accomplice. The leaves are affixed to an album page and are accompanied by assorted photos and ephemera.
    The writer was Ida Douglas Robinson, who was present as a child when the incident allegedly took place. She and her family were visiting her uncle Benton Cooper, who had a farm in Hamburg, Iowa. When Ida's father and uncle went out to the barn one morning they found two men wearing large cartridge belts and cleaning their pistols. The men said, "We have taken possession," and demanded to be served breakfast. When her mother and aunt "set the plates on the table as their backs were to the door the two men just picked up the plates and sat them on the other side of the table so they could face the door." After a good meal the men rode off on horses which later proved, coincidentally, to have been stolen from her uncle's brother, who lived twenty miles away. When her father went into town he learned that outlaws believed to be Jesse James and a partner had robbed the bank in nearby Sidney, Iowa the night before. It is unclear just when Ida wrote her account; certainly it was some decades later when she was an adult. At the beginning is written Hopkins Magazine, but our research failed to turn up a publication with that name. Whatever Ida's intent may have been, it remains as a rare first-person account.
    As the account is unsigned, the consignor has included with the lot a letter written by Ida Douglas confirming that the account is in her hand, as well as an original CDV photo of her mother and a small photo of her father, as well as a circa 1900-1910 print of an earlier photo of the Douglases. The manuscript is attached to a scrapbook page, but could easily be removed. This lot is consigned by Ida's direct descendant, her grandson.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2015
    7th Saturday
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