Thursday, September 17, 2009
Jesse James Rides (and Falls) Again
This past Sunday I accompanied my friend Phil and his parents to the Minnesota town of Northfield for the annual “Defeat of Jesse James Days” celebration.
To be honest, I had no idea that Jesse James was ever in Minnesota. But here indeed he was on September 7, 1876 - as a participant in a failed bank robbery that tragically saw two Northfield citizens - Joseph Lee Heywood and Nicholas Gustafson - killed by the James-Younger Gang.
Following is the historic account of what happened, courtesy of the official “Defeat of Jesse James Days” website.
Right and below: As well as a very authentic-looking reenactment of the attempted robbery, Sunday’s festivities also included a colorful street parade and an arts and crafts fair.
Above (from left): Rick, Jackie, Noelle, Phil, and John.
Above: With Phil and his parents (and the cute family dog, Quinn).
Above: Phil and Quinn.
See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
A Wild Afternoon in Minneapolis
Remembering a Special Time
A Catholic Presence at Gay Pride
Celebrating Bloomsday in St. Paul (and with Kate Bush)
May Day Parade 2009 (Part 1)
May Day Parade 2009 (Part 2)