Reno Gang

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Reno Gang (1866 – 1868)

aka: Reno Brothers Gang, The Jackson Thieves

Southern Indiana, Iowa and Missouri

 

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John Reno c. 1860’s
“The Survivor”
Photo: U.S. PD pre-1870’s

 

Commencing Operations soon after the Civil War, the short lived Reno Gang carried out the first three peacetime train robberies in U.S. history. The gang was decimated in 1868 by Vigilantes, who introduced ten of its members to Judge Lynch! Two of whom had been technically in Federal custody. Only one Reno brother survived the carnage. These mob murders created a public uproar in the U.S., international newspaper coverage and international diplomatic incidents with Canada and Great Britain. Typical of the times, no one could be identified and no one was ever prosecuted for the lynchings. Most of the stolen money was never recovered. Estimates of value run to over a million dollars in today’s devalued funds. Many still seek the lost treasure…*

Reno Gang Timeline in The Weeks (1866 to 1868)

Here are all of the references to the Reno Gang
appearing in The Old West Daily Reader; in date order.
Use the link and the back button to follow the Timeline.

Week       Date                Remarks

1864 – Frank Reno, Grant Wilson and an accomplice named Dixon, held up Gilbert’s Store and the U.S. Post Office in nearby Jonesville, ID. Identified and arrested, they were released on bond. Wilson, agreed to testify against his partners but was murdered before the trial. Frank and Dixon were acquitted.

Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US

Wk. 46, 11/17/1867 – Davies County Courthouse in Gallatin, MO

12/1867 – Train Robbery at the Seymour Station, two gang members involved, they take $8,000

03/1868- The gang takes $14,000 from the Harrison County, IA treasury
-and the next day, Mills County, IA  for $12,000
-several gang members are soon arrested by the Pinkertons

Wk. 13, 04/01/1868 – Albert Perkins, Miles Ogle and Frank Reno escape jail

Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN

Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN -No Reno’s involved!- Six taken in by Pinkertons

Wk. 29, 07/20/1868 – Vigilantes

Wk. 30, 07/25/1868 – Vigilantes, again!

Wk. 30 30, 07/27/1868 – Arrested! – Pinkertons take Simeon and William Reno in Indianapolis, IN

Fall 1868 – Gang leader Frank Reno and Charlie Anderson were captured in Windsor, Ontario Canada, duly extradited and sent to New Albany, ID to join the prisoners already in hand.

Wk. 50, 12/12/1868 – Vigilantes lynch Federal Prisoners – Albany, IN

Gang Members

As always with these old stories, it is sometime hard to be sure that everyone made every dance.
If you can show that someone wasn’t at a given event, please email me. – Doc

Charlie Anderson (24 yrs.?) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Fall 1868 – Arrested with Gang leader Frank Reno in Canada and returned to New Albany, ID
Wk. 50, 12/12/1868 – Lynched, New Albany, IN

Theodore Freylinhuysen Clifton (24 yrs.) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN -No Renos involved – taken in by Pinkertons
Wk. 29, 07/20/1868) – Lynched, Hangman Crossing, IN

Thomas Volney ‘Val’ Elliott (22 yrs.?) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – No Renos involved – taken in by Pinkertons
Wk. 29, 07/20/1868) – Lynched – Hangman Crossing, IN

Henry Jerrell  (23 yrs.?) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – No Reno’s involved!
Wk. 30, 07/25/1868 – Lynched<, Hangman Crossing, IN

John J. Moore [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – No Reno’s involved!
Wk. 30, 07/25/1868 – Lynched, Hangman Crossing, IN

Miles Ogle  [member – 186?-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 13, 04/01/1868 – Jail Escape with Albert Perkins and Frank Reno
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – No Renos involved – taken in by Pinkertons

Albert Perkins  [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 13, 04/01/1868 – Jail Escape with Miles Ogle and Frank Reno
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – No Renos involved – taken in by Pinkertons

Frank Reno (31 yrs.) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 13, 04/01/1868 – Jail Escape with Miles Ogle and Albert Perkins
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Fall 1868 – Arrested with Charlie Anderson in Canada and returned to New Albany, ID
Wk. 50, 12/12/1868 – Lynched – <>New Albany, IN

John Reno (   yrs.) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 46, 11/17/1867 – Courthouse  Robbery
-John Reno identified and arrested by Pinkertons – gets 25 years…
released from prison in February 1878
returned to Seymour, IN in 1886, soon arrested for counterfeiting, gets three years

Simon Reno (25 yrs.) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 30 30, 07/27/1868 – Arrested!Pinkertons take William as well
Wk. 50, 12/12/1868 – Lynched – New Albany, IN

William Harrison Reno (20 yrs) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 30 30, 07/27/1868 – Arrested!Pinkertons take Simeon as well
Wk. 50, 12/12/1868 – Lynched – New Albany, IN

Charles W. Roseberry [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – taken in by Pinkertons
Wk. 29, 07/20/1868) – Lynched, Hangman Crossing, IN

Frank Sparks (27 yrs.?) [member – 1866-1868]
Wk. 40, 10/06/1866 – First peacetime train robbery in the US
Wk. 21, 05/22/1868 – Train Robbery – Marshfield, IN
Wk. 28, 07/10/1868 – Train Robbery at Seymour, IN – taken in by Pinkertons
Wk. 50, 12/12/1868 – Lynched, Hangman Crossing, IN

 

For additional related  information on Old West Daily Reader
see:
Photo Gallery Index – Outlaw Photos
Photo Gallery Index – Lawmen Photos
*The Originals Index – Lost Treasures in the Old WestReno Gang Loot

 

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