I learned about this on the “You Know You’re From Effingham” Facebook page today and thought it was pretty cool.
Bonnie and Clyde is a duo just about everyone is familiar with. During the early 1930’s the two travelled around the United States robbing people. They are also believed to have killed at least nine police officers and an unknown number of civilians.
They made their way through Effingham in September of 1932. The crime duo stole a car parked in front of the Damron Drug Store, which was at the corner of Banker and Jefferson. The car, a 1932 Ford Coupe V8, belonged to store owner Dr. Elbert Damron.
After fleeing Effingham Bonnie and Clyde entered the state of Oklahoma, where they abandoned the vehicle in the town of Pawhuska in September. Later that month Dr. Damron took a train from St. Louis to Pawhuska where he was able to recover his vehicle.
Bonnie and Clyde’s reign would continue for about two more years. They were killed by Texas and Louisiana officers on May 23 of 1934 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana.