Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Notorious Outlaw Frank "Jelly" Nash

Have you ever heard of Frank Nash? I came across this story while researching interments in a Kansas cemetery.  Neither he, nor others mentioned in this story, are my relation, this being an interesting story I thought I'd share with you.
Frank "Jelly" Nash

Frank Nash was born February 6, 1887, at Birdseye, Indiana. His childhood nickname was "Jelly," shortened from "Jellybean." Nash's father was John "Pappy" Nash, his mother, Alta Nash. She was John's second wife of three. Frank had two step-brothers and two sisters.

John Nash owned hotels in several southern towns. Frank worked in his father's hotels and served in the Army from 1904 to 1907. He made his career, though, as a robber, burglar and murderer. He would end up having served three prison sentences for his crimes. He was first convicted in 1913. He had committed a robbery with a friend and when they went to bury the loot, he shot his friend in the back. (Some friend.)

It is thought that Nash committed about 200 bank robberies, masterminding crimes from within prison and out, but the most notable event in his life was "The Kansas City Massacre," also known as "The Union Station Massacre."

After being released from prison for the murder of his friend, Nash joined the Al Spencer Gang. Three other members of the gang and Nash were arrested for mail robbery and assault and were consequently sentenced to 25-year-terms on March 1, 1924. They served time in Leavenworth, Kansas. In 1930, Nash was appointed to a privileged position in prison as the deputy warden's chef and general handyman. It is said that Nash was quite charming, likeable and friendly. Perhaps this is the reason he was chosen to aid the warden. On October 19, 1930, he was sent outside the prison on an errand and he did not return.
Adam Richetti

After nearly three years on the run, still committing crimes, Nash was arrested in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on June 15, 1933, by two Oklahoma City FBI agents, Joe Lackey and Frank Smith, along with Otto Reed, the police chief of McAlester, Oklahoma. They boarded a train bound for Kansas City, Missouri. At 7:15 a.m. on June 17, 1933, two Kansas City, Missouri police detectives were sent to meet the other officers at the Union Train Station. Unbeknownst to law enforcement, word of Nash's arrest and transport had made its way to gangsters in the area. The officers put Nash in a car parked outside the station and were ambushed by mobsters. In a shootout, Nash was killed as were officers Reed, FBI agent, Raymond Caffrey, and two Kansas City police detectives, W. J. "Red" Grooms and Frank E. Hermanson. 

Pretty Boy Floyd

Three outlaws were believed to be responsible for the deaths: Charles "Pretty Boy Floyd," Adam Richetti and Vernon C. Miller. Miller's mutilated body was found in a ditch near Detroit, Michigan, on November 29, 1933. Charles Floyd was shot to death in a shootout with law enforcement near Clarkson, Ohio, on October 22, 1934. Adam Richetti was executed in the Missouri State Penitentiary gas chamber on October 7, 1938 for the murder of Detective Frank E. Hermanson of the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department.

Detective Frank E. Hermanson

The Kansas City Massacre happened at a time when FBI agents did not carry weapons, nor were they able to make arrests. They were an investigative agency only. However, the incident encouraged President Franklin D. Roosevelt to enact legislation to enable FBI agents to carry firearms and make arrests. This legislation was passed in January of 1934.

Later reports indicate that some of the deaths in the massacre were caused by inexperienced FBI agents using the other officers' firearms they were not familiar with and accidentally shooting fellow officers and Nash. 
Vernon Miller

If you would like to read a more detailed account of the massacre, here is a link to actual newspaper reports: Timothy Hughes Rare and Early Newspapers. And to read about Frank E. Hermanson's funeral, click here: Frank E. Hermanson Find-A-Grave. And here's a web page dedicated to a newspaper covering the story: Frank Nash Clippings.

I just read another article which gives Nash's nickname another source: he was called "Jelly" because he used nitroglycerin to crack open safes. Jelly was the slang term for nitroglycerin. 

That's today's history lesson.

Ta ta for now,


Sunday, December 4, 2016

Love, Not Labels

I'm bogged down mentally! I've been working all day on one person's family. I had already started the narrative/story and came across some information I hadn't seen before, which needed more research before I could finish the story. Little did I know that what I'd run into would be so sad. Luckily, the glads outweigh the sads in my project! 

Having a developmentally disabled sister has made me hyper aware of "labels." What I ran into today, among other things, were the names given to hospitals for people/persons with disabilities.  I must tell you that when Marcy was born, and soon diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy, my parents were told to "put her in an institution." There was NO WAY that was going to happen. Mom and Dad did not want that kind of life for her. And, for us! Marcy has blessed our lives and I can't imagine how her life would have been had she not been surrounded by her loving family. Well, I guess I do know because after Mom died, we were instructed, by Mom, to enter her into a care facility because she knew we couldn't do what needed to be done for Marcy medically. We did enter her into a care home and after that an adult foster home. All bad experiences.  Three times I tried to have her move into our home only to have three big answers from God that that wasn't in His plan. I digress...

Today I came across some information about ... care facilities ... for people with mental issues, developmental issues and for children whose parents couldn't take care of them. The sad thing is what they called these places:

Topeka State Hospital - Asylum for the Insane - 1879 - Topeka, Kansas - renamed 
State Asylum for Idiotic and Imbecile Youth -  1881 - Lawrence, Kansas - renamed and moved
State Home for the Feeble Minded - 1909 - Winfield, Kansas - renamed
State Training School - 1920 

One of our ancestors gave his children to this institution because he couldn't provide for them, supposedly. However, one of his daughters was still there when she was 25 and then I can find no record of her. She is not listed in the cemetery of the "school." Adding to the confusion, some of these siblings that were put there did not know where the others were and were still trying to find them in their elder years. I plan to have all the questions answered (!) and publish them in my book. (I do have lofty goals!) 

When I think of these siblings my heart aches. How many of them went to their graves not knowing their siblings? They were starved for information. Some of their letters to their half-siblings practically begged for information about their family, and especially their father. 

I say this to you: if you haven't seen or spoken to your siblings recently, you need to make it a point to reconnect. Life is short. 

And, by the way, Marcy lives with brother Brian and his lovely wife, Cindy, and their family. She has blossomed in their expert care and loving home. Thanks, Brian and Cindy, you are awesome!

Ta ta for now,


Friday, December 2, 2016

Reunion Reservations

The time has come to make your reservations for the family reunion. The dates are Sept. 1-2-3-4, 2017. Choose which date you will arrive and then call or go online to make your reservation. They have tent sites, RV sites, and little cabins. And if you're a hiker/biker they even have a category for you!

We will be meeting at Barview Jetty Park in Tillamook County, Oregon, on the coast.

To make your reservations online, here is the link: Barview Jetty Park. If you wish to phone, the number is (503)322-3522.

The prices are as follows:

Tent-Blue Site: $37.74 for first night, includes transaction fee and lodging taxes; $26.24 for additional nights, includes lodging taxes.

Tent Brown Sites: $31.65 for first night, includes transaction fee and lodging taxes; $20.65 for additional nights, includes lodging taxes.

RV - FHU (full hook-ups) Back Ins: $42.83 for first night includes transaction fee and lodging taxes; 31.83 for additional nights, includes taxes.

RV - FHU Pull Through: $48.42 for first night, includes transaction fee and lodging taxes; $37.42 for each additional night, includes lodging taxes.

Cabins: $71.90 for first night, includes transaction fee and lodging taxes; $60.90 for additional nights, includes lodging taxes.

They gave me the winter rates and told me to add about $5 to each, which I have done, for the summer rates, so the exact amount may differ a bit.

The transaction fee is $11.00, which is included and is a one-time charge per stay, per site.

Extra tents are and additional $7.83 per night, per tent. (I didn't add $5 to this because I don't know if they will or not.

Extra vehicles, boats or utility trailers are $5.59 per night/per vehicle. Again, I didn't add $5.

Pets: $5.59 one-time-charge per pet.

Cabin Pet Fee: $11.18 per night/per pet, maximum of 2 pets.

For those of you not familiar with Barview Jetty Park, it is large. You can walk to the beach or the jetty from the campground. There are nice restrooms, showers, a playground for the kids, and a sand hill for all to play on. It is north of Tillamook, Oregon on US 101, and south of Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

In another post I will list motels, rates and addresses for those of you not camping.

Any questions, please comment below or on Facebook at the Reunion page by clicking this link: Burnett-Dillon-Korpi Reunion Page on Facebook.

Ta ta for now,


Thursday, December 1, 2016

A Find, Counts and Some Names

I found the little spiral notebook that Mom used to keep track of our immunizations. Wait - not ours, mine isn't recorded there. I'm not even written in the little notebook. I guess I was adopted after all! (Just kidding.) So, if you, my siblings, need or want to know anything about your immunizations and childhood diseases, please let me know and I'll forward that info on to you via e-mail or Facebook personal message. It does tell of medications you were allergic to, bee stings, etc. Interesting.

Current numbers on our family tree are as follows:

Burnett: 3,468 people
                 889 photos
               5,652 records

Dillon:   2,786 people
                 749 photos
              3,778 records

What do these numbers tell you? That progress is being made!

Most recent activity on the book: sending away for two death certificates. What do death certificates tell me? Of course, the date the person died, and the reason or cause of death, Other information included is the address of the person at the time of his or her departure, the next of kin or person who reported the information for the death certificate, and, whether the person was administered to prior to death, i.e., hospitalized. It also tells the burial place of the deceased. I am hoping to find that information on one of our ancestors. I cannot find any information as to where he was buried. Of course, he could have been cremated and someone has or had his ashes. Or maybe they buried him in the back yard, who knows? Anyway, I just mailed that letter off today. (And even though the death certificate states the date the person died, you must furnish that and the place of death to get a copy of it.)

Here are a few names I've come across recently: Plenty (a male); Experience, Comfort and Champion, Bazaleel and Mehitable.

An interesting bit of info regarding word numbers for writing:

Novel: Over 40,000 words
Novella: 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette: 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short Story: under 7,500 words

My book has surpassed the "Novel" stage and I am nowhere near finished.

Ta ta for now!