The Stockton GangTHE TELLURIDE ROBBERY
Complete Details of the Daring Work of Colorado Cowboys.
Source: Sacramento Daily Union, Vol 61, Nov 107, Jun 28, 1889
Denver June 27th-At a late hour this morning the news was received of the first details of the Telluride Bank robbery, which occurred Monday. Confederates of the robbery had cut the telegraph wires between Telluride and Dallas, making communication impossible and accounting for the late receipt of the facts regarding a most daring hold-up. A News' special says: The men who committed the robbery are supposed to belong to the Stockton ranch, on the Mancos river, in Dolores county, and are members of a gang that has always been considered tough. They came to Telluride two or three days prior to the robbery, put their horses in the Searles Stable and proceeded to take in the town, drinking and spending money freely. In this way they secured the information they desired and acted accordingly. The bank employs one clerk as assistant to the Cashier. During the morning the robbers took their horses from the stable, paid their bills and then visited two or three saloons, watching the bank im the meantime.
Soon the Cashier Painter stepped out to do some collecting and the four robbers rode over to the bank and left their horses in charge of one of their number, two remaining on the sidewald and the fourth entering the bank, where he presented a check to the clerk. As the latter was bending over the desk examining the check, this party grabbed him around the neck, pulling his face down on the desk and at the same time admonishing the surprised official to keep quiet on pain of instant death. He then called to his partners on the sidewalk, saying: "Come on boys; it is all right." The boys came in and cleaned up all the available cash, amounting to $20,950, while their comrade held the trembling clerk over the desk by the neck.
When their work was complete, the clerk was released and fell in a heap on the floor. Quietly surveying the quaking mass of humanity the robber said he had a notion to shoot him anyway for being such a coward, and then joined his comrades, when they mounted their horses and rode leisurely away.
When they had ridden a couple of blocks they spurred their horses into a gallop, gave a yell, discharged their revolvers and dashed away.
It was fifteen minutes after this demonstration, of which little notice was taken, that Mr. Painter, on returning to his bank, found his clerk too agitated to give a correct account of the affair. His greeting to the cashier was: "It's all gone, all gone;" and such proved to be the case.
As soon as possible a posse was organized and is now in hot pursuit. The robbers were seen at Trout lake yesterday, and news of their capture or a desperate fight with the Sheriff's men is expected. They are evidently heading for the wild country in the Blue mountains of southwestern Utah.
The Stockton gang have been in many border troubles, and have on numerous occasions painted various San Juan towns "red." One of their number way lynched in Silverton a few years since and another was killed by the Sheriff of La Plata county while fleeing from justice.
Judge Story, President of the bank, was in Montrose, on his return to Salt Lake, when he received news of the robbery.