Fairland OK Bank Robbery
Hey all. My great grandfather Jesse Arlee Goins was shot during a bank robbery in Fairland OK some time in the late 1920's or early 1930's. He was sitting in a barber chair in a shop across the street when when a stray bullet came through the window and struck him in the shoulder. I was curious if anybody has any additional information on who the culprit might be, or the date of the robbery. Thanks.
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You can read a lot more on Nellie Kimes and her brothers (Matt and George) in my book, The Kimes Gang, published in March 2005 by Authorhouse. She was also arrested for a murder and postal robbery.

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Lando Gunter and his gang robbed the bank at Fairland, Ottawa County, Oklahoma on Nov. 28, 1934 and again on Feb. 12, 1935. A girl named as Rema Kimes was was them.

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I came across this article while doing research on a totally different subject. Thought I would post it here for those who might be interested.

The following article was taken from The Heavener Ledger, Thursday, June 28, 1928, Page 2, Col. 3.

Kimes Boys' Father Killed at Bowlegs
Neiley Kimes shot by officers while resisting arrest on bootlegging charge

Another chapter was written Thursday in the Kimes family criminal history, when Neiley Kimes, father of George and Matthew Kimes was shot by an officer while resisting arrest at Bow Legs. The Southwest American had the following article regarding the killing in Friday morning's edition:

Neiley Kimes, father of George and Matthew Kimes, Oklahoma bandits, now in the state penitentiary at McAlester, was shot and killed late last Thursday near Bowlegs, an oil town, by Jack Sparks, Deputy sheriff of Seminole County.

Shaw Nelm, Jim Clinton and Sparks went to raid an establishment Kimes maintained near Bowlegs, after watching him for several days as a bootleg suspect.

As the officers approached, Kimes emerged from the building and raised an automatic to fire at Nelm, the deputies said. At the same time another man, who has not been identified, ran from the house and attacked Clinton with an axe.

Sparks fired, he says, as Kimes raised his gun to shoot Nelm, and then went to the assistance of Clinton. The man with the axe was captured, but refused to give his name, while a third man who ran from the house during the fighting, escaped.

Nellie and Jessie Kimes, who were at the home at the time of the shooting, were taken to Wewoka by the deputies, because they are said to have thrown glass fruit jars at the officers during the fight, but they were released later.

Kimes had been convicted and fined a few days ago by Justice of the Peace Cose of Bowlegs on a liquor charge. He had promised to return later and pay the fine, but had not kept his promise, and because of this deputies had secured a search warrant, intending to raid the Kimes place again and bring him in to pay the fine as well as search for liquor, they said.

Neiley Kimes, who was shot and killed by a deputy sheriff near Bowlegs, Thursday afternoon, left Van Buren, several months ago, following the death of his wife, who died May 31, 1927.

The parents of George and Matthew Kimes were residents of Van Buren durng the career of their sons as bank bandits. At the time of his mother's death, Matthew Kimes was a fugitive from justice. When he was captured several weeks later he declared that he was in Van Buren the night his mother died. A sister Nellie Kimes resides in Van Buren.
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