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Archive for March 31st, 2013

Originally published in the Enumclaw Courier, March 31, 1905

Van Buren Madden, who drives the Buckley Bakery wagon, was held up and robbed while returning from Franklin on Wednesday afternoon, by a couple of Negroes.

Bob Hodge was “a monster of man – at least we thought he was,” remembered Carl Steiert in Black Diamond: Mining the Memories. “He was about 6-foot-4 and weighed well over 200 pounds.”

Bob Hodge was “a monster of man – at least we thought he was,” remembered Carl Steiert in Black Diamond: Mining the Memories. “He was about 6-foot-4 and weighed well over 200 pounds.”

Madden had collected quite a sum of money from his customers and started for home. About a mile this side of Franklin two masked men stepped out from the brush at the road-side, and pointing a gun at him, demanded that he get down from the wagon. They then went through his pockets, taking about one hundred dollars and a gold watch.

Madden was then ordered to get into the wagon and drive on without looking back, under penalty of death. While he was being searched the mask slipped from the face of one of the robbers, and Madden recognized him as one whom he had frequently seen about the town during his trips to Franklin.

Madden came on to Enumclaw and phoned for Mr. Theroux, the proprietor of the bakery at Buckley, and together they returned to search for the robbers. Deputy Sheriff Hodge of Black Diamond at once knew who the robbers were from the description and notified the police at Seattle.

Fifteen minutes after word was received, officers arrested Chas. Roberts and Ed. Spencer, who proved to be the men wanted. The watch and over half the money were recovered.

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