The town of Guthrie in south Todd County will restage a famous mail robbery for its annual Heritage Days Festival this weekend. The festival will also feature live music, a quilt show, fireworks and a program focusing on Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Guthrie native Robert Penn Warren.
The mail robbery took place on Jan. 5, 1938, when three men stole $25,000 of U.S. Postal Service money as it was being moved from the local post office to a train for transport. One postal employee, Arthur Mimms, was killed in the robbery and U.S. Marshal C.M. Sherrod was wounded.
The three robbers escaped, leading to a manhunt that lasted 17 months and involved 815 postal inspectors. Two of the robbers, brothers Ray and Floyd Bruce, were apprehended and convicted of armed robbery in 1939. They were sentenced to 55 years in the federal penitentiary at Alcatraz. The other robber, Ernest Morris, was killed during the manhunt.
The mail robbery will be restaged at 7:15 p.m. Friday in downtown Guthrie. The program on Robert Penn Warren will be at 6 p.m. Friday at the Robert Penn Warren Birthplace Museum.
Local quilters will have work on display throughout Friday and Saturday. A pancake breakfast will be offered at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Guthrie Methodist Church.
There will be a Little Mr. and Miss Guthrie Pageant at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Guthrie. A kids’ zone will be set up from noon to 4 p.m. with bouncers, a water slide, face painting and balloon-making activities offered. Homemade ice cream will be for sale from noon to 4 p.m.
There will be a classic car cruise-in downtown at 4 p.m. Saturday followed by a fireworks show at 8 p.m.
A live band will perform during the fireworks.
For more information about the festival, call 270-483-2511.