Lake Region Museum Remembering Officer Killed in Line of DutyPeople in Devils Lake had an opportunity to see the re-creation of a piece of local history. Police officer Charles Sneesby was killed in the line of duty back in 1924.
People in Devils Lake had an opportunity to see the re-creation of a piece of local history. Police officer Charles Sneesby was killed in the line of duty back in 1924.
“Tonight we are going to present probably the most famous crime associated with this building when it was a US Post Office,” narrator Teresa Leiphon started the show.
The show began in January when Goldie Nolan and his gang got together to start planning. They wanted to get their hands on some money.
“I think we can score a bundle if we hit the Post Office late at night,” said Goldie Nolan, played by Jim Hunt.
Later they decided to rob the Post Office on June 26, 1924 the next New Moon, so it would be nice and dark. Their only problem will be the night watchman, Officer Sneesby, but they plan to run away before he can see them.
“One of us will keep an eye on him and let the rest of us know when he’s coming because he will be coming,” Goldie said.
During the robbery Officer Sneesby sneaks up on them before they can get away, and in a panic Goldie Nolan shoots him from the basement window.
Jim Hunt, one of the Heritage Center board members, wrote the script for tonights reenactment from newspaper clippings and what was left of the police report.
“We’re a little bit liberal on the accuracy of the information, but it’s pretty close to the real thing,” said Dave Davidson, who works at the Lake Region Heritage Center.
Tuesday night will be part two of the series, the trial of Goldie Nolan. It will start at 7:00 p.m. in the Heritage Center.