The 74th Anniversary of Pretty Boy Floyd

To be exact, the 74th anniversary of the death of famed robber Pretty Boy Floyd in a farm field near Gaston’s Mill in the East Liverpool Ohio area.  Pursued by federal agents, he found his way to a lady’s farmhouse just off of modern-day Sprucevale Rd a couple miles south of Clarkson.  Agents caught up with him, and while trying to flee across the field he was felled by agent and WWI sharpshooter Chester Smith.  Accounts vary on whether Smith’s bullet was fatal or whether he was executed by the agent in charge after a brief field interrogation —Smith swore for 50 years afterwards his shot alone did not kill Floyd.  Either way, one of the most notorious criminals of his day met his end in this corner of the world on this date October 22nd 1934.

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