McCarthy (McCarty) Gang
McCarthy (McCarty) Gang
Source: The Sun, Sep 8, 1893
THE CASHIER SHOT DEAD
Two bank robbers killed as they ran off with the plunder.
exciting three minutes in Delta, Colorado. - Cashier Blachly killed as
he raised the alarm - Well-aimed shots from Mr. Simpson's rifle pick
two of the outlaws from their horses -chase given to the third, but he
escapes to the mountains.
Delta, Col., Sept. 7.-The usual
attempt to rob a bank in a bold manner ended disastrously here this
morning, when three young desperadoes tried to make away with the funds
of the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank.
Cashier A.T. Blachly was
shot in the neck and instantly killed, and two of the robbers were
picked from their horses as they rode down an alley by the clever
marksmanship of W. Ray Simpson, a hardware dealer, and the money was
recovered from their dead bodies.
It was about 10 o'clock when
three men on horseback appeared in the alley at the rear of the bank.
Two dismounted, leaving the other man to hold the horses. The men
entered by the front door and appeared at the window.
moment only the cashier and his assistant, H.H. Wolbert, were in the
bank. They both went forward to wait on the customers, when they were
covered with revolvers and ordered to hold up their hands.
Blachly yelled, and was promptly cursed by the robbers, who told him to
keep quiet. He yelled again, when one of the robbers fired his revolver
and Blachly fell dead, the ball having passed upward from the neck. The
men then vaulted over the partition, grabbed what money was in sight,
and fled through the rear door. As they did this Wolbert picked up his
revolver, but was observed by the robbers, who got the drop on him.
They did not shoot, but ordered him to throw away his revolver, which
he did very quickly. They then dashed into the alley, mounted, and fled
down the narrow way toward the Gunnison River.
When the first
shot, which killed the cashier, was heard the cry was raised that the
bank was being robbed. Men rushed for revolvers and guns and then ran
toward the bank. Among them was W.R. Simpson, a young hardware
merchant, whose shop was across the street from the bank.
picked up a rifle and started up the street. As the robbers came out of
the alley and crossed the street Simpson fired and one of the robbers
fell, the top of his head being fairly taken off by the ball.
then ran to the alley and fired after the other two fleeing men. He
shot twice, killing first another man and then his horse. The second
man was also struck in the head. The remaining survivor escaped across
the river and down toward Grand Junction.
A posse was soon
gathered and started in hot pursuit. The robber's horse was fresh, and
he gave them a pretty chase. A number of ranchmen came into town this
afternoon from down the valley, and reported having seen the man riding
by several miles ahead of his pursuers.
Other parties left
later, going across into the Escalante country, hoping to head off the
man. He will be promptly lynched if caught.
At the time the
robbery was going on a lawyer named W.R. Robertson, having his office
in the rear of the bank, heard the first shout and ran out into the
alley into the arms of the robbers holding the horses, who quickly
covered him with a revolver and kept him there until joined by the
escaping robbers from the bank.
The men have been seen about
this part of the country for several days. No one knows them. While
here two stopped at the hotel, registering as Clarence Bradley and
James G. Bradley. About $1,000 was taken by the robbers, and it was all
recovered from the dead bodies of the two men left in the alley.
they were placed in the undertaker's shop they have been identified by
several as the same fellows who held up the bank of Telluride four
Clarence Bradley told one man here that they came
from the Rogue River country, Oregon, and that they had been herding
cattle in Utah. A reward of $500 has been offered.
one party of pursuers returned to town saying that the trail had been
lost, the man escaping into the mountains. As he has a good mount he
will no doubt make good his escape.
Mr. Blachly was about 47
years old. In 1878 or thereabouts he conducted a drug store at Canon
City. As the railroad was extended he followed it, keeping at various
periods a drug store at Arkansas Ctiy, Mears, and Sargent.
when the Denver and Rio Grande reached Gunnison, he located in that
city, opening a drug store, as in other places. In 1885 he failed in
business. Then he went upon a ranch near Delta for a time, leaving it
to become cashier of the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank. He has relatives
in several places in Connecticut.
Denver, Sept 7. - Speaking of
the Delta Bank robbery this evening, President Moffatt of the First
National Bank said: "I think the robbers are of the same gang of
scoundrels that has been doing so much mischief in the West, and
probably one of them robbed me."
THEY ARE AFTER HIM
The Dalton Bandit is Fleeling Toward the High Hills
Source: San Francisco Call, Vol 74, No. 101, Sep 9, 1893
Colo., Sept 8-Two of the posse which started yesterday in pursuit of
the bandit who, with two companions held up the Farmers' and Merchants'
Bank and killed the cashier in doing so, returned late last evening
without the fugitive. Other parties are in pursuit, and although the
outlaw has taken to the mountains, he will be captured. Ex-Chief of
Police Farley of Denver is of the opinion the robbers belonged to the
McCarthy gang, who operated so extensively in Denver.
END OF A BAD GANG
The Delta Robbers Identified as the Oregon McCarthys.
Source: San Francisco Call, Vol 74 No 103, Sep 11, 1893
Colo., Sept 10-The men who were killed last Thursday while attempting
to escape after robbing the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank and killing
its cashier, were positively identified to-day as Tom and Fred
McCarthy, father and son. The Third man who participated in the robbery
but escapes is Billy McCarthy, also a son of Tom McCarthy. These men
constituted the McCarthy gang of Oregon, and are wanted there for
robbing stages and the United States mails. There is a reward of
$10,000 for them on that account. The dead men were exhumed and
identified by Sheriff Condee of Baker City, Or., who attempted to
arrest them in Oregon, but was prevented by the McCarthys getting the
drop on him.
Ex-Chief of Police Farley of Denver also knows the
gang and says Tom McCarthy was the man who robbed President D.H.
Moffatt of the First National Bank of that city some four years ago,
securing $21,000. Budd Taylor of Moab, Utah, who claims to be a
relative by marriage to the McCarthy family, also identified the men.
Billy McCarthy, the escaped robber, is still at large, but the pursuit
has not been given up.
THE DELTA BANK ROBBERY
Wife of One of the Robbers Said to Be Here.
Source: The Salt Lake Herald, Sep 15, 1893
Report of the daring bank robbery at Delta, Colo., a few days ago, was
read with interest here, and now it is said the the wife of Bill
McCarty, or rather his widow, for it is believed that Bill was one of
the two robbers who was killed, is living this city. Sheriff
Belknap[sic] is looking the matter up, according to an article which
appeared in the Ogden Standard yesterday, reading as follows:
Belnap yesterday received two photographs from Delta, Colo., one each
of the two bank robbers who were killed at that place last Thursday,
while attempting to rob a bank. The sheriff has in his gallery the
photos of three of the McCarty gang-Bill, Fred and Tom, and he is of
the opinion that the ones who were killed were Bill and Fred. It was
stated in the dispatches that the killed robbers were Bill and Tom, but
a careful comparison of the pictures shows that Tom was not one of
those who departed this life full of lead and an unsatisfied longing
for gold galore.
The pictures of Tom McCarty, who escaped the
fusilade of Winchesters, shows him to be a young man with a smooth,
attractive face and rather slender form. Bill's picture shows a middle
aged man with a rather rough, coarse face, covered with a beard.. Fred
was the son of Bill, a young man of about 20 years of age, smooth, very
full, round face, and quite fleshy. The two pictures sent from Delta
tally closely with those in Sheriff Belnap's gallery, representing Bill
and his son Fred and hence he thinks they are the ones.
pictures received yesterday were taken within a few minutes after the
shooting was done and on the spot where they fell. The picture of the
older man, or the one identified as Bill McCarty, shows the top of the
head shot entirely off, the bullet entering the back of the head and
coming out in the forehead just between the eyes. The body was
evidently held up on crutches while the picture was being taken,
supported by some one in the rear. The face is covered with short beard
stubble, and presents a ghastly, forbidding appearance.
picture of the boy shows a stout heavy youth with smooth face. The
bullet which terminated his career also entered the back of his head
and came out throught the forehead, but the top of the head was not
torn off. Last summer when Bill McCarty and his son were in
Ogden, the boy purchased a pair of pantaloons from a prominent dealer,
who remembers that the could find nothing to fit him in length that was
large enough for his limbs. In order to be fitted the boy took a pair
that were fully a foot too long and had them cut down, and even they
were a very close fit.
Sheriff Belnap, acting on instructions,
wil go to Salt Lake city today or tomorrow to find Bill McCarty's wife,
who is thought to live there, and talk with her regarding the gang.
Afterwards he may go in search for Tom, who is believed to have been
the third member of the gang, the one who escaped.
THREE ROBBERS DEAD
Shot Down by Citizens are Robbing a Bank-Four Citizens Were Wounded
Source: Ryan Daily Eagle, Bryan TX, Oct 16, 1896
Thieves raided the bank, marches the employees into the street and then
made a rush to escape, but the citizens stopped them with their guns.
Colo., Oct 15-Three men entered the Bank of Meeker yesterday, which is
connected with the storeroom of J.W. Hughes & Co., who own the
bank. Two of the men held the store employes at bay while the third
went into the bank cashier's window and firing one shot, ordered the
cashier to throw up his hands. The order was not obeyed and the robber
fired again, whereupon the cashier's hands shot up. The manager of the
store was then forced to open the bank door, and after gathering up all
the money in sight the robber marched the cashier and store employes
into the street with hands uplifted. They then rushed out the back way
with their booty.
Citizens attracted by the shots had pretty
well surrounded the building by this time, and being armed, opened
fired on the robbers, two of whom, Charles Jones and William Smith,
were killed by the first volley. The third man, George Harris, was shot
throught the lungs, dying in two hours. He was fully identified and
gave the other names, which are believed to be fictitious.
Four citizens were wounded. District Game Warden W.H. Clark, was shot in the right breast, not fatally injured.
Victor Dikeman, a clerk, was shot through the right arm.
C.A. Booth, a clerk, scalp wound.
W.P. Herrick, finger shot off.
It is believed one of the dead men is Thomas McCarthy, who robbed the banks at Telluride and Delta, Colo.
The coroner's jury returned a verdict of justified homicide.
Meeker is 90 miles from Rifle, on the Denver and Rio Grande, the nearest telegraph station.
THE MEEKER ROBBERY
Believed the Dead Men Belonged to the McCarthy Gang.
Source: Ryan Daily Eagle, Bryan TX, Oct 16, 1896
Oct 15-According to the lastest advices from Meeker, Colo., which is 90
miles fromt he nearest telegraph office, the three men who were killed
after robbing the bank have not been identified. The robbery was one of
the most daring ever perpetrated in the west occurring, as it did, in
broad daylight, and at a time when there were 20 or more people in
It is believe here that the robbers were members of
the McCarthy gang that committed several daring train and bankrobberies
in Montana, Oregon, Washington and Colorado.
It is also supposed
that the man who robbed David H. Moffat, president of the First
National Bank of this city, of $21,000 in 1889, was a member of this
gang. The McCarthys formerly lived in an out-of-the-way place in
Oregon, in which they were regarded as wealthy ranchmen.
attempt to rob the bank at Delta, Colo., about a year ago, John
McCarthy and his son were killed, but Tom McCarthy escaped.
FAST MAIL HELD UP
Failing to Blow Open the Express Safe Rifled the Mails.
Source: Ryan Daily Eagle, Bryan TX, Oct 16, 1896Ogden,
Utah, Oct 15-The Union Pacific fast mail, due here at 2 o'clock
yesterday morning, was held up by three masked and heavily armed men a
half mile east of Uintah. Two of the robbers clambered over the engine
tender, and with oaths, backed up by revolvers in each hand, compelled
the engineer to stop the train. He did so and the robbers immediately
attacked the expresscar. An attempt was made to force the safe with
dynamite, but the charge failed to explode. In the meantime the
engineer started to run. He escaped a fusillade of bullets and made his
way to the city. The robbers then went to the mailcar. While they were
sorting the registered packages the conductor cut the engine loose and
opened the throttle and started for Ogden. Near the city he overtook
the engineer and brought him to Ogden.
Several large posses of
men have started on the trail of the robbers, including many old
scouts, who know every foot of the county.
The Robbers Still Free
Utah, Oct 15-Several posses are still in search of the robbers who
robbed the Union Pacific, but so far have found no clew[sic]. A bottle
of nitroglycerin and several sticks of dynamite have been found near
where the train was held up. Three of the registered mailracks rifled
were for San Francisco and four for Sacramento.
MOST DESPERATE PLOT UNEARTHED
A BANDIT WHO LIVES IN A PALACE CAVE.
Utah Has Offered a $5000 Reward for His Capture, but He Seems to Take Life as Quietly as Usual.
Source: San Francisco Call, Vol 85, No 151, Apr 30, 1899
Lake, Utah-In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, protected by towering
precipice and yawning canyon, is the luxuriously furnished, electric
lighted fastness of a bank of robbers which has for years terrorized a
great deal of three states, and on the heads of whose members is set a
price, "alive or dead."
The Legislature of the State of Utah has
determined that the famous Tom McCarthy gang of bandits and cattle
thieves must be broken up. A bill providing an appropriation for the
purpose of hunting the men down has passed the second reading, with all
chances for actment into a law.
This bill sets aside a sum of
$5000 with which a war to the death is to be launched against the
members of one of the most notorious bands of murderers and cutthroats
known to the history of America. It is proposed that the dealings with
the robbers, who have held portions of three States in abject terror
for three years and whose agents are scattered the length and breadth
of the land, will be as harsh and merciless as those used by the
outlaws themselves. They may be invited to surrender to submit to the
punishment their crimes deserve, and those who refuse and defy the
officers wil be hunted down an dealth with through persuasion of powder
It has been generally acknowledged for some time that
ordinary methods of procedure will not do with the men who lawlessly
reign in the heart of the Blue Mountains, or Roan Ridge. They are not
inclined to submit to the law in any extremity, for they are all
amenable for the greatest of crimes and will probably die fighting
rather than be taken and compelled to submit to trial before a court.
Combination of Governors.
over a year ago, as will be remembered, three Governors-Adams of
Colorado, Wells of Utah and Richards of Wyoming-entered into
arrangements whereby the militia of the three States were to be sent
against the robbers. Plans were made and the matter was well under way
when the first signs of hostility between the
country and Spain were heralded. The brave boys were needed against a
greater and more than local foe and the repression of the outlaws was
laid for a time upon the gubernatorial sheif. Perhaps it was well,
judging by the tales of the gang and its strength which are current.
fact, it has been decided by the administration of Utah that the
soldiers are not the agency which can combat and overcome the McCarthy
brigands, or make attempt with the best chance of success. The movement
of a body of troops and a military campaign would be too much like an
open book for the eyes of the vigilance of this band which has long ago
taken precautions against just such a move on the part of outraged
The people have come to the conclusion that the only
way to deal with the gang is through men as wary as they. The posses to
be sent against them will not besiege the rocks which hold the gang,
but they will depend more upon killing the members one by one as they
venture out for supplies. They will try to invest the place and starve
but the outlaws. They may be successful, but it will not be done,
according to the judgment of people who know, in a few days or weeks.
It is generally believed that there will be bloodshed on both sides
before the object of the Legislature is accomplished.
McCarthy, the leader of the Blue Mountain robbers, or the "Hole in the
Wall Society," as it is often called, has been called the Napoleon of
outlawry. His origin is in doubt, but it is known that he is wanted in
several parts of the country for crimes of unusual atrocity. His
appearance is anything but prepossessing. He is about five feet six
inches in height and weight about 175 pounds. His forehead is narow and
forbidding, and covers deep set, gray eyes. A fold of fat curls over
the point of his chin. His mouth is wide and his teeth are irregular.
His nose is a pug and his ears are turned forward.
With a small
following McCarthy perpetrated several mail and express robberies a
number of years ago on stage coaches over the Utah desert and in the
mountains. It was his first appearance in the country in this role, and
before long his daring exploits gathered about him a choice company of
criminals from the neighboring States and Territories. After moving
about considerably, always pursued by the sheriffs, the company settled
in a certain point of the Blue Mountains, on the line between Colorado
and Utah. The loss of some of the most daring of his comrades had
seemed to give McCarthy an idea of establishing a rendezvous where he
might retreat when sorely pressed.
Fastness of the Bandits.
and prospectors have in a number of instances wandered close upon the
retreat of the bandits, and have always been warned away and never
molested if their business in the locality was clearly peaceful. A few
have engaged in a fight with the outlaws, who were retreating to their
granite fortress, and have lived to tell about it. From these sources a
faint idea has been gained of the character of the place. Now and then
one of the band, while visiting a town not many miles away, has
revealed a number of things in his cups; but at the present time the
exact locality of the retreat of McCarthy and his men is not known,
thought there are persons who could guide a party within three or four
miles of it. The path runs through a narrow canyon and leaves it at a
particular wild and tortuous place for a serpentine trail running a
mile or more up and down the heights. Again, at the end of the trail
there is a passageway blasted and cut through solid rock. The
termination of this shorter pathway brings the robber to the entrance
of the gathering place, which is nothing less that a great cave or
amphitheater in the center of the rock.
This is the throne room
of the Irishman, and from this there run in all directions tunnels,
their openings artfully concealed, so great are the precautions of the
band, and their other ends terminating at one or the other side of the
mountain. This is known from statements made by miners and mechanics
who were taken by the gang to do the work and who were blindfolded
while aproaching and leaving the place.
By the most remarkable
feature of all is the fact, boasted of by more than one of the gang,
that the cave possesses an excellent electric motor and dynamo, taken
there piecemeal on horseback. It is even said that the system is used
to light the rocky recesses, but the chief boast is that it is for
another purpose. Robbers say that wires run from room to the chief to
all approaches of the fortress and communicate with charges of
dynamite. They have stated that it would be possible for them to
annihilate a regiment of soldiers and that the exploding of dynamite in
the approach from the west side would close the passage instantly,
after which they could either lie in the cave with security or escape
from one of the many openings and scatter over the country.
former Deputy United States Marshal of Utah is authority for the
statement that there are fifty skeletons lying in a gulch not a great
way from the mouth of McCarthy's canyon. The Marshal says that he saw
the place himself, and that the skeletons represent persons put out of
the way by robbers, who feared they would reveal secrets they had
POLICE SAY ROGERS WAS MCCARTHY GANG MEMBER
Made Tunnel From His Saloon to Rob Bank
Source: San Francisco Call, Vol 107, No. 2, Dec 2, 1909
to the police John Bennett Rogers, who was arrested in the Lacey
saloon, 640 Market street, early Tuesday morning for burglary, was a
member of the gang headed by John McCarthy that tunneled from Rogers'
saloon in Los Angeles opposite the First National Bank to the bank
several years ago with the object of stealing $250,000.
was the only one arrested. He was sentenced to serve a term of 10 years
in San Quentin. The other known members of the gang were Louis Matheny,
Frank Stevens and John Stewart.
It was the same gang that
committed numerous burglaries in Oakland just prior to the Los Angeles
attempt, when Joseph Touhill, a member of the gang, was shot and killed
and Policeman Cashel met a similar fate.