May 23, 2017
This is “Our Past Is Present” from the Geary County Historical Society.
Today’s story is about a robbery that occurred east of Junction City.
On a Saturday evening in May of 1890, farmer Andrew Nelson was robbed by three masked men who entered his house located about 14 miles east of Junction City. Each of the robbers had two pistols. When they discovered Mr. Nelson at home, the robbers ordered him to raise his hands. While two robbers kept him covered with their pistols, the other one bound and gagged Mr. Nelson. The robbers then began a search of the house, but they didn’t find anything they wanted. They told Mr. Nelson to tell them where his money was, but if he didn’t they would kill him. The robbers were given $25.33, which was all the money Mr. Nelson had in the house. The robbers were in no hurry to leave the house and hung around for about an hour. One of them said they had some mortgages to pay off and it was very difficult to do so on what they were earning from 14 cent corn. When they left Mr. Nelson’s place, they took his horses with them.
Andrew Nelson’s life had been spared.