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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, April 30, 2014 7B Wells Fargo and Co. stage driver Charlie Seevy drew his stage to a halt amid a cloud of swirling dust as the masked, shotgun-wielding bandit blocked his path on the Quincy to Oroville Road and demanded, "Driver, throw out the box." Seevy quickly complied --unloading the Wells Fargo box and mail pouches the stage was carrying -- then driving on as ordered. The date was July 25, 1878, and Charles E. Boles (aka Charles E. BoRon, aka Black Bart) had just committed his fifth stagecoach robbery. The next day, as if to confirm the identity of the masked holdup man, a note found with the smashed Wells Fargo box read: "Here I lay me down to sleep To wait the coming morrow. Perhaps success, perhaps defeat, And everlasting sorrow. Let come what will, I'll try it on, My condition can't be worse; And if there's munny in that box, Tis munny in my purse. Black Bart, the PO8" From that one robbery, Black Bart got away with $379 in coin, a $200 ring and a $20 silver watch, as well as an undetermined amount of money from the mail pouches. Then Tuesday, July 30, 1878, 5 miles south of La Porte on the La Porte to Oroville Road, Black Bart struck again. Around 8 a.m. a lone bandit, wearing a distinctive flour sack maskand a soiled duster over rough miner's clothes, stepped out from the heavily wooded roadside into the path of the stage, leveled ' a double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun at stage driver Dan Barry and politely ordered him,t0 "Please throw down : the box!" Chartes E. Boles Charles E. Boles, aka Black Bart, the "gentleman bandit" of Plumas and neighboring counties, is the topic of a historical re-enactment fundraiser for the Plumas County Museum on May 10. Black Bart was known for his polite behavior and for never firing a shot in his many robberies. Photos courtesy Plumas County Museum Amid the early morning "Madam, I do not wish your dust from the wagon wheels money. In that respect I and milling horses' hooves, honor only the good office of the deed was done, and in Wells Fargo." less than two minutes the With that, he took the mail stage was back on its way sacks and express box and minus its express box and was gone. mail sacks, and Black Bart A posse dispatched by was richer by $50 in gold and Plumas County Sheriff James another silver watch. Yeates found no further While robbing that stage, poetry or clues other than legend has it that a woman footprints at the scene. Black passenger threw out her Bart had successfully robbed purse in panic. Black Bart his sixth stagecoach. reportedly picked it up, Black Bart would go on to bowed to the lady arid handed elude officers of the law for it back to her, saying, several more years as he Amazing Animals Reba, a corgi mix, enjoys the spring snow at Gold Lake, as photographed by Jennifer McGuire in April. Reba belongs to Joan and Mark Naas, of Graeagle. We want to publish unusual "Amazing Animal" shots. Submit your favorite photo and a description of the picture to Notice of Opening the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Sec. 8) Waiting List for Plumas, Lassen, Tehama and Sierra Counties Effective April 30, 2014 the HCV Program (Sec. 8) Waiting List will be open until further notice. Applications may be obtained by: • calling 800 993-5399 Ex. 112; or • calling 530 283-2466 Ex.112; or • visiting the office at 183 W. Main Street, Quincy; or • visiting; or • requesting an application in writing from: MADDEN EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Plumas County Community Development Commission P.O Box 319 Quincy, CA 95971 Faxed applications will not be accepted. continued to rob stagecoaches throughout Butte, Shasta, Plumas, Nevada and surrounding counties, while at the same time leading a double life as a well-to-do man about town in San Francisco. At the time of his stage-robbing career, Charles Boles (known to his West Coast friends as Charles E. Bolton) was a man well into his 50s with gray hair and a gray mustache. He was a natty dresser, favored diamonds and carried a short cane. He was a man who liked to live well and stayed in fine hotels, ate at the best restaurants, and wore the finest clothes -- seemingly a true gentleman. However, the truth was that Charles Boles was also known by another moniker, Black Bart, and financed his well-to-do lifestyle by periodically robbing stagecoaches, later stating that he "took only what was needed when it was needed." In a career of banditry that spanned eight years from 1875 to 1883, Black Bart managed to strike some 28 times (not all successfully) and got away with as much as $18,000. Always extremely courteous to passengers, he made a favorable impression on drivers and passengers alike as a gentlemanly and courteous robber who apparently wanted to avoid a gunfight at all costs -- managing all this alone, on foot, without ever firing a shot and carrying an unloaded shotgun! Relentlessly pursued by local lawmen as well as Wells Fargo Chief Detective James B. Hume, Black Bart's career was nearly cut short here in Plumas County when on July 13, 1882, in his 24th stage holdup, he was shot and wounded by Wells Fargo messenger George Hackett. If he had successfully pulled off that robbery, Black Bart would have relieved the La Porte to Oroville stage of $23,000 in gold. As it was, he bore a narrow scar along the top of his right temple for the rest of his life. As it was with all brazen criminals, Black Bart's days of thieving came to an end. In 1883, he was tracked down through a laundry mark on a handkerchief he had left at his last holdup and was arrested by San Francisco police and Detective Hume. Black Bart began serving a six-year sentence at San Quentin Prison on Nov. 21, 1883, only 18 days after robbing his last stage. , After serving four years and two months of his sentence,: the "gentleman bandit" waS released Jan. 21, I888, for good behavior -= and walked out a free man. After his return to San Francisco, Black Bart was kept under close watch by Wells Fargo agents. He managed to disappear mysteriously in February 1888. There is nothing more known of his fate.,, or is there? To find out more about the thrilling exploits of Black Bart and his later career and mysterious disappearance, everyone is invited to share an afternoon Saturday, May 10, from 2 to 4 p.m. with Black Bart at the Plumas County Museum. The lively, first-person recounting of the life and times of Black Bart will be presented by Old West historian and re-enactor Lee Dummel as a fundraiser for the Plumas CountY Museum. Donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be served. Call 283-6320 for more information. Plumas Senior Services Transportation How can a senior access transportation services? A senior, who is 60+ years of age, can sign up for a ride at their local Senior Nutrition Site or by calling !nto the site. How much do transportation services cost? Senior Transportation is donation-based. A senior will not be denied services if they are unable to donate the full, or partial amount suggested. Suggested Donations for Transportation: $1.50 One-Way, In Town $5.00 Round Trip, In County (out of town, i.e. Chester to Quincy) $3.00 Round Trip, In Town $10.00 Round Trip, Out of County .... What b'ansportation services are available? Transportation services are available to seniors for appointments, shopping and other scheduled events. Below is a list of regularly scheduled services in each area. There are no minimum riders required for these trips. Please call your local site for transportation forany local or out-of-town medical appointments. Our goal is to accommodate medical appointments outside of the schedule below whenever possible. f Chester 394-7636 Caroyln Local Shopping: :i Tuesdays & Frrdays Susanville Shopping: Every Wednesday Chico Shopping: Third Saturday Medical Appointments: Senior Transportation is available for medical ap- pointment trips. Please call to schedule this service. .) Greenville 284-6608 Esther or Ann Local Shopping: Every Thursday Dining Route: (see sign-up sheet for destination) Every Wednesday Evening Quincy Shopping: First & Third Tuesday Afternoons Medical Appointments: Reno: Every First Friday Chico: Every Third Friday Susanville: Fourth Thursday Susanville Shopping: ~econd and Fourth Saturdays 832-4173 ~ ("-Quincy283-0643 " t wl qqtte ]Loca, Shopp l .... -t ' ] ETery W dnes0g FPri / #e ,T s i rnoon IDining Route: ..... | IDini~ Route: .... I(sees~n-upsheetfordestination)l I(seesign-upsheetfordestination) IEvery Wednesday Evening / IWednesday & Friday Evenings Quincy Shopping" . . . • Doctor Appointments: Rrst & Third Tuesday Afternoons Truckee: First Thursdays Reno Doctor Appointments: Chico: Second Thursdays Every Second Friday ]Reno: Third Thursdays Truckee Doctor Appointments: Reno Shopping: Every Fourth Friday Every First Saturday Reno Shopping: Chico Shopping: First and Third Saturdays Every Third Saturday j • If you cannot make a trip you signed up for, please call as soon as you know. • Please sign up at least 24 hours in ad.vance. • Trips may be canceled due to weather or staff availability. KITTENS & CATS! r ovv 1",9,' Go to •I['I' to see all the cats that need homes! II, PET mUD II If you have an "un-fixed" cat, get her spayed NOW. We have discount I[ lOlb bag or larger[] certificates for people unable to afford the cost of surgery on their own. 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