Need information on Newton bank heists
Posted in the Winters Forum
#1 Jun 27, 2010
NEED INFORMATION ON WILLIS NEWTON
Between 1917 and 1924 Willis Newton and his gang robbed banks and trains in Texas, the mid-western states and Canada. They hit 6 trains and more than seventy banks including those in the Winters area. I am a Kerrville writer doing research for a new book on the Newton brothers.
Two months before Willis died in 1979 I did a lengthy interview with him and was able to get a bed-side interview two weeks before he passed away at the age of 90. I am very interested in locating pictures, newspaper articles and personal first-hand accounts of the robberies. If any of the newspaper readership has information on the Newtons I can be reached at [email protected]
For the curious, Willis was unrepentant to the very end. He justified everything he did with the simple explanation that he was just stealing from other crooks.
Kerrville, TX 78028
#2 Jul 19, 2010
One of the fellas that I work with has a great story about the newtons last bank robbery in Rowena, Texas. he was the meat man behind the counter in the grocery store in Rowena. When I told him that I had just finished reading a book about the Newtons, he hollers "And I sold them the baloney!" We all laughed and asked him what he was talking about. Apparently, Willis Newton and others had decided to rob the Rowena bank by going into the hardware store next door, then busting into the bank from the adjoining wall. They questioned my friend about local law enforcement, business hours, etc. As I'm sure you know, he was almost successful, but got caught inside the bank. the cops shot the windows of the bank out and forced their surrender, then the local sheriff hit newton with his pistol, giving him a brain annuerism(?) that he later succumbed to.
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