Bonnie and Clyde in Comanche County, Kansas
On September 4, 1933, Alva Trummel was "returning in his Chevrolet car from the Sun City rodeo, and when within a mile and a half of home, he was suddenly stopped by a car which stood across the road, and in which there were three men and one woman. The men displayed a machine gun and two automatics and ordered Alva to turn over his car to them."
Alva Trummel Kidnapped (by Bonnie & Clyde), The Western Star, 8 Sept 1933.
Bill Brock Relates Story of Highway Robbery at Meade Park, The Fowler News, September 7, 1933.
Bonnie Parker Worked in Dodge, Barrow in Hugoton, The Dodge City Globe, September 19, 1934.
Research on the Alva Trummel Kidnapping by Bonnie and Clyde
Although there is no reference to Bonnie and Clyde (who were killed May 23, 1934, in Louisiana) in the following story, it is interesting to note that kidnapping someone whose car they had stolen was something frequently done by Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, as they did when they stole Alva Trummel's car, that the kidnappers were driving a car stolen in Oklahoma City and that they "were in a jam and had to have Pipkin's car to make a getaway":
No Trace Found of Trio Who Kidnaped Barber at Coldwater Friday Night: H. E. Pipkin Freed by Kidnappers Late Friday Evening Near Olin Millam Farm, The Western Star, June 8, 1934.
Recent additions to this site:
History of Comanche County from Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, 1912.
Comanche Steal - The Fraudulent Organization of Comanche County, Kansas by Thomas Allen McNeal from When Kansas Was Young, pages 61 - 65.
Leo Thornberry's Watermelon Patch
Raccoons, Coyotes and Watermelons
Sitting with the Dead
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