On July 29, 1920, six bandits robbed the Farmers State
Bank of Grass Lake, Michigan.
On this date, four of the men walked into the bank
and proceeded to two up two of the bank officials and two customers with fishing
line. They used cloth bags and filled them with over $69,000. They left the bank
without incident along with their driver and lookout man. The gang headed south
toward Mack Island.
Sheriff Larabee in Jackson, Michigan was notified.
A deputy sheriff made it on the seen by the name of Worden. He noticed that the
fishing line was not from around the area and he had had that some out of
towners were staying at Wolf Lakes. Wolf Lakes formed Mack Island. Worden
decided to check out the fishermen and took along several armed men.
When they reached the island, Worden immediately
saw Ted Harris on the second floor of the tenant house. Ted Harris was a known
criminal in the area. Worden went up to the second to talk with Harris, however,
Harris refused to allow him into his room. Worden persisted, Harris flung the
door open, and Worden was greeted with several rounds of gunshots. Worden was
killed on the spot, while another deputy Verl Kutt was seriously injured.
Two of the bandits gave up, two jumped out the
window, one was injured so badly he could not move, and Harris broke free and
ran into the nearby swamp.
Within a few weeks, all the gang members were
captured. The judge gave two of the men double life sentences and the over four
men 10 to 20 years for bank robbery and murder.
The thorough search of the banks records showed that a total of $69,851 in
bonds, gold and silver coins, currency and securities and been taken during the
robbery. The majority of the money was recovered except for $1300 in gold and
silver coins. This money is believed to be hidden somewhere near the tenant
house where the bandits stayed, since they never left the island.
The tenant house is now gone, however, as far as
anyone knows this loot is hidden away.