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90 years later - their family members watched Dillinger's Bluffton robbery

Retold to audience of 180 persons on Bluffton History Day Aug. 12

Approximately 180 persons attended the retelling of the 90th anniversary of the Citizens National Bank John Dillinger bank robbery, which took place Aug. 14, 1933. The retelling was on Aug. 12, during Bluffton History Day.


Gathered are persons who represented eye-witnessed to the 1933 robbery.


Seven of those are related to the actual 1933 eye-witnesses.


From left to right:

Beth Raeburn – as Sam Bixel, her great-grandfather

Jenny Bogart Donges – as Harry Bogart, her grandfather

Judge David Rodabaugh – as Clarence “Ted” Biery

Kevin Gratz – as a Dillinger gangster

Julia Triplehorn – as Charles Triplehorn, her great-grandfather

Josiah Triplehorn – (Charles Triplehorn’s grandson) as Fred Zehrbach

Marilyn Murray Shelly – as “Dode” Murray, her great-uncle

Don Burris – as Harvey Shine

Cassidy Bush – as Fairie Stager

Neil Hauenstein – as Edgar Hauenstein, his great-uncle

Jim West – as James F. and Bob West, his father and uncle


Copies of the booklet “Four guys walk into a Bluffton bank…and the rest is Bluffton oral history” are available for $10 at the Bluffton Senior Citizens Center, The Black Lab and from the author, Fred Steiner.





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