You know the story well if you live in Northfield: September, 7, 1876. Eight members of the outlaw gang known as the "James-Younger Gang" entered the city with designs to rob the First National Bank.
Three went inside, two guarded the door, and three waited by a bridge nearby.
But the cashier, Joseph Heywood, stood his ground, saying he couldn't unlock the vault. Outside, residents grew suspicious and the lookouts got spooked. A gun fight ensued.
Chip DeMann has re-enacted the ensuing gunfight hundreds of times, and he'll do it again this weekend as part of the Defeat of Jesse James Days festival in Northfield.
He joined All Things Considered host Tom Crann on the phone on this anniversary of the raid.
Showtimes this weekend:
- Friday, Sept. 10: 6 p.m. and 7 p.m .
- Saturday, Sept. 11: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept. 12: 11 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.