Sam Bass

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Sam Bass

Spencer Nottingham 11/25/99
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Sam Bass
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Biographical Information • Sam Bass was born in the town of Mitchell Indiana on July 21, 1851.
• Later Bass Moved to the state of Texas where he took up the business of train robbing
• Sam's parents died when he was a youth, his mom Jane, in 1861, Dad Daniel, in 1864.
• Sam and his Twelve siblings moved in with relatives. Poor Sam was sent to his
uncle David L Seeks whom deprived Sam of a proper education and made him work on the farm
when he was old enough.

• While working as a teamster at the age of eighteen he drove a herd of cattle to
Denton Texas and stayed working for the local Sheriff, WF "dad" Eagan.

• When Sam saved up enough money he bought a prize winning horse that won him enough
money to quit working for Eagan.

• With the money he had Sam started mixing with the "rowdies".
• One day Sam And Underwood, one of the "rowdies" bought melons from the local
store, and in an attempt to slice his Bass dropped the melon causing two blacks to turn
around and stare at the men. Bass and Underwood started throwing stones at them and were
chased out of town by the sheriff and from then on Bass was known as an outlaw.

• As an outlaw Bass formed a gang made of four men Tom Nixon, Bill Heffridge, and
Jim Berry. The Gang would rob stagecoaches but when the money got low they concentrated
• on trains

• The Bass gangs first big train strike was on a Union pacific carrying money from
Wells Fargo going west. The gang boarded the train at a water stop in Big Springs Neb. On
Sep. 19, 1877, taking more than $60,000 in newly minted twenty- dollar gold pieces, an
additional $1,300 from passengers, and $450 from the mail car. Following the robbery
Basses first gang split up and most of the gang was captured bu lawmen save Bass.

• When the first Bass gang split Bass composed an new gang of Frank Jackson, Tom
Spotswood, Henry Underwood, Tom Johnson, and the Traitor Jim Murphy who would later betray
Bass and set Bass up for his, Jim Murhys own advantage. They started on stagecoaches too
but when the take was only $43 dollars they swore to concentrate on trains.

• There were many robberies before the one that would turn the gang upside-down.
• The gang planed to rob the Round Rock bank with the "fat cash".
• Now Murphy had been captured before for housing the criminal gang and made a
bargain to capture the bandits if the charges against him were dropped. So being the man
of his word Murphy tipped of the law that the Bass gang was going to strike the Round Rock
bank on July 20th , 1878 Major Jones sent men out right away

• Unexpectedly, the Bass gang rode into town to look things over about a week before
to "look things over". Jackson thought that there were too many cowboys with guns that
might be lawmen ready to jump on

command but being the one setting them up Murphy suggested there was a cattle herd coming
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