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May 1, 1959

The Tribune, Tampa, FL

Mrs. Walter Haumesser was watching television in her Tampa, Fla., home with her sister when a young intruder pointed a gun at them and demanded money. The gunman permitted Mrs. Haumesser...
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May 1, 1959

Evening News, Newark, NJ

An 83-year-old man recently received the civilian valor award citation "for exceptional police service" from the New Jersey State Patrolmen's Benevolent Association for killing a...
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May 1, 1959

News, Detroit, MI

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, a 4-time victim of robbers, glanced at her pistol behind the counter when a bandit entered her patent medicine store in Detroit, menaced her with hand in pocket,...
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May 1, 1959

Post, Denver, CO

Two bandits tore the hinges off the door of a Denver grocery fleeing before 69-year-old Clyde M. Rost's revolver bullets. When one of the gunmen told the grocer "Don't move or we'll...
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May 1, 1959

Morning News, Dallas, TX

Dallas laundromat owner B.L. Shrum surprised 3 burglars ransacking the shop's coin machines when he unexpectedly returned one evening. Shrum halted them with a single revolver shot...
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May 1, 1959

Independent, Long Beach, CA

An ex-prizefighter pistol-whipped a Long Beach, Calif., pharmacist and forced him and a clerk to lie on the floor as he rifled the safe. Disappointed at the small sum it contained,...
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May 1, 1959

Times, Los Angeles, CA

When a handerchief-masked gunman entered his Long Beach, Calif., liquor shop and delicatessen, Elree H. Waugh snatched his cal. 45 pistol from the desk drawer and began firing. Four...
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April 1, 1959

Daily News, New York, NY

Bronx building superintendent Anthony De Oliviera fired a shotgun at a robber breaking into coin boxes of basement vending machines. Police took the felon, a known narcotics addict,...
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April 1, 1959

UPI, OH

Dale Leonard, 17, working in a Dayton, Ohio, pharmacy storeroom, saw two gunmen force his boss to lie on the floor while they rifled the register. By prearranged signal, Leonard alerted ...
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April 1, 1959

Times, Camden, NJ

Camden, N.J., auto dealer William G. Rohrer returned to his office in the late evening to pick up a package and saw an intruder dart from the room. Grabbing a pistol from the desk,...
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April 1, 1959

The Bee, Fresno, CA

Ricco Bruce, proprietor of a lodge near Fowler, Calif., became suspicious when one man entered his bar and bought a drink while another waited outside in a car. Going to the rear...
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April 1, 1959

Blade, Toledo, OH

John Skonoukos hooked up a homemade burglar alarm system from his Toledo, Ohio, restaurant to his home. When the alarm sounded, he grabbed a pistol and ran to his darkened restaurant ...
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April 1, 1959

Signal, Zanesville, OH

A burglar entering a Martins Ferry, Ohio, drive-in found George Connors, the night watchman, asleep on a cot and began beating him on the head with a tire iron. Though severely slashed, ...
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April 1, 1959

Associated Press, CO

A bandit attempting to rob a liquor store in Denver, Colo., yelled, "So you want to shoot it out!" when clerk Jack Diven reached for a gun. There was an exchange of shots and the...
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April 1, 1959

Daily News, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Robert Luden, who shoots with the Windsor, Ontario, Border Pistol Club, heard a prowler tinkering with the door of an upstairs apartment. Armed with one of his target pistols, he...
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April 1, 1959

Times, Palo Alto, CA

A robber, simulating gun in pocket, entered a Menlo Park, Calif., market and demanded "all the money in the till." When the clerk had cleaned $190 from one register, the bandit...
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April 1, 1959

Evening Bulletin, Philadelphia, PA

A convicted felon tried to hold up Chester Newton's gas station on the White Horse pike near Camden, N.J. Newton, holder of an NRA pistol classification, picked up his revolver from...
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April 1, 1959

Daily News, Chicago, IL

Mrs. Barbara Chappo, a Gary, Ind., mother of four young children, was startled awake by a man pounding on the door demanding to be let in. When the stranger circled the house and...
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April 1, 1959

The Press, Mobile, AL

Paul Lewis, a Prichard, Ala., businessman, kept his cal. .38 pistol in his bedroom after his home had been the target of several recent burglary attempts. When Lewis awoke to hear...
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March 1, 1959

Enquirer, Cincinnati, OH

When the burglar alarm at the Miamitown, Ohio, Farmers State Bank sounded, Howard Gieringer and Wilbur Fagaly grabbed rifles and ran from their nearby stores in pursuit of two fleeing...
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March 1, 1959

Plain Dealer, Cleveland, OH

When two gunmen entered a Cleveland food store, they wheeled and fled the shop after walking into owner Sam Melluso and his pair of matched revolvers. Since suffering a $300 robbery...
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March 1, 1959

Associated Press, CA

George Crawford, a Stockton, Calif., market owner, deflected a bandit's pistol by striking his arm, then shot the gunman dead with a revolver carried under his grocer's apron. Crawford,...
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March 1, 1959

American Rifleman

Mrs. Mary Hines, running from the back room of her Wilmington, N.C., drive-in with pistol in hand after two men snatched the money from her cash register, held the robbers at bay ...
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March 1, 1959

Tribune, Chicago, IL

As Shelby Friese counted the day's receipts, two armed bandits beat on the locked door of his father's Chicago gas station, shouting it was a stickup. The attendant grabbed his pistol...
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March 1, 1959

Mohave Miner, Kingman, AZ

Kenneth E. Cottam, 21, slept in the rear of his Littlefield, Ariz., service station until awakened by a burglar in the office. The robber broke for the door when called upon to surrender...
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February 1, 1959

Mirror, Los Angeles, CA

Climaxing a series of brutal holdup beatings, 3 young thugs entered John Carr's Los Angeles liquor store with guns blazing, clubbed him to the floor, and pistol-whipped clerk George...
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February 1, 1959

Light, San Antonio, TX

Five months ago, Max Skibell, a Dallas perfumer, thwarted a holdup by striking a bandit in the face with his gun. When a man entered the shop, pulled a gun, and said "This is a stickup",...
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February 1, 1959

Repository, Canton, OH

West Carter, an 82-year-old Chicago pensioner, answered a loud kicking at his front door with revolver in hand. Upon opening the door, he was charged by a prowler who attempted to...
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February 1, 1959

Blade, Toledo, OH

Dr. Gerald M. Johnston of Toledo, Ohio, answered a late evening call to attend a sick child. As he followed a man into the house, the man turned, drew a gun, and said "This is a...
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February 1, 1959

Tribune, Los Angeles, CA

When Los Angeles liquor clerk Garnett Green turned to get the beer that was ordered, the 'customer' pulled a gun and fired 3 times. Green rolled on the floor and, clutching the company...
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January 1, 1959

World-Telegram, New York, NY

A fusillade from proprietor Albert Canton's licensed pistol greeted two gunmen when they attempted to rob his New York candy store. Blood spatter indicated hits on the fleeing thugs...
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January 1, 1959

Evening News, Buffalo, NY

Grocer Bernard Frey of Buffalo, N.Y., thwarted his third holdup in five years by jerking out his own revolver when a bandit pointed a pistol and demanded money. The robber pleaded,...
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January 1, 1959

Evening News, Buffalo, NY

Arthur Hardwick, operator of a Buffalo, N.Y., liquor store, grabbed at his holster and dropped a suspected bandit with a single shoulder shot. The package store owner has a penchant...
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January 1, 1959

Oregon Journal, Portland, OR

Joe Blonder, a Portland, Oreg., grocer, snatched his pistol from beside the cash register when a bandit menaced him with hand in pocket, demanding all the money. Police charged the...
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January 1, 1959

Gazette, Texarkana, TX

A 16-year-old Dallas, Tex., schoolgirl, awakened by an intruder in her bedroom, fired a revolver and sent him flying through a closed window. The girl's mother then aimed and fired...
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January 1, 1959

Daily Mail, Charleston, WV

For the third time in 14 months, W.M. Gibson captured burglars looting his employer's store at Acme, W.Va. Gibson shot one and held two others at gunpoint for the state troopers....
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January 1, 1959

American, Boston, MA

Ed Affhauser, 57, had never fired a gun in his life until a bandit entered his Longmeadow, Mass., liquor store and demanded the money. The merchant snatched a revolver from under...
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January 1, 1959

Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, MO

A paroled robber was shot and his two companions fled when Emanuel Johnson surprised them burglarizing his St. Louis cleaning shop. A single round from the owner's .45 cal. revolver...
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December 1, 1958

Dispatch, Columbus, OH

A bandit entered the dry cleaning shop of Elmer Fetter of Columbus, Ohio, and said, "This is a stickup." The 71-year-old owner snatched a pistol from beside the cash register, poked...
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