DescriptionYounger Gang: A Rare Original Photo of Cole, Jim, and Bob Younger with their Sister Henrietta, Taken at Stillwater Prison in 1889. In early September 1889, the boys' sister travelled from Missouri to plead for her brothers' release. Her efforts were fruitless, but the prison warden did allow her to bring in suits of clothing and a local photographer. Bob would die just two weeks later of complications from wounds received during the infamous Northfield, Minnesota bank robbery.
It has been reported that only a dozen copies of this cabinet photo were printed, most of which were carried home to Missouri to give to associates of "the boys." Today one copy is found in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society, another in their Missouri counterpart.
The present cabinet photo was given to Susan H. Miles, whose husband Thomas Benton Miles had known the Younger family since childhood. Thomas's father William, a sometime marshal of Independence, was alleged to have at one point run with the James gang. It is consigned by a Miles family descendant, and according to family lore was given to Susan Miles by Henrietta Younger on Christmas 1889.
Accompanying the photo is a letter of provenance from the consignor, as well as an extensive family genealogy and other related information. The photo is 4.25" x 6.5". For strictest accuracy we note some very minor paper loss at the upper right-hand corner and slightly excessive rounding of the lower left-hand corner, but it is in very nice display condition with a strong photographic image.
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