February’s Program: The Great Sedro-Woolley Bank Robbery of 1914

Join Speaker Rustan RobertsonSW Cover on the Great Robbery of 1914

Thursday, February 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Whatcom Museum Rotunda Room • 121 Prospect St. • Free

What’s It About

Oct. 17, 1914,  robbers struck a bank in Skagit County, but the deadly chase that followed reached into Whatcom County and lower British Columbia. The bandits’ identities were never confirmed, but it’s believed they were part of a gang that committed multiple robberies in Washington and Canada. They spoke a foreign language, possibly Russian.

Several sightings of the bandits were made in Ferndale and Blaine before the fiery ending of the story. About half of the $11,649 stolen was never recovered. The coins would be worth about $400,000 today. The robbery continues to be one of the most popular stories from early 20th century NW.

A long time interest

Guest speaker Rustan Robertson, who grew up in Sedro-Woolley, began researching the 1914 robbery for a high school project and recently authored “The Wages of Sin: The True Story & Photos of the Great Sedro-Woolley Bank Robbery of 1914,” published by the Sedro-Woolley Museum. One of the highlights of his research was the almost 100 photographs of the crime and chase scenes, the officers and citizens involved, and two of the robbers in an undertaker’s parlor in Bellingham. These were copied from glass plate slides donated to the S-W Museum.

Robertson now lives in Anacortes. The book will be available for sale at the program, as well as at: www.1914bankrobbery.com. Join us for a interesting and entertaining evening.

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