I shop at e-bay and I found a 1910 pamphlet on the Archer Gang in French Lick, Indiana and it sold for abt $151.00.
I am a Hoosier and I did not know anything about this gang. So, I went looking and found through Google News several articles on the gang. I am going to transcribe them and then post the articles on this thread. If anyone is familiar with Southern Indiana, it is much like the hills of KY. Not all of Indiana is flat, the southern is very hilly and especially the counties of Orange, Martin and Dubois where the gang lived and committed their crimes.
For those who can not wait, just do Google News search.
There are 13 articles I found through the NYTimes. I will be posting the articles over the coming weeks.
Here is a synopsis of the Gang.
Archer Brothers (1880's)- Much like the Reno Brothers had operated two decades earlier, the Archer brothers -- Thomas, Mort, John, and Sam, raided Orange and Marion Counties in Indiana for several years. Though to the outside community, they were seen as respectable farmers and shopkeepers, when their funds ran low they turned "bandit." Regularly robbing stagecoaches, trains, and road travelers, their friends and family often protected them against arrest. However, their gig was finally up in March, 1886 when the law found out about their outlaw activities, chased them down, and arrested them. However, before Thomas, Mort, and John could go to trial, vigilantes hanged them. The youngest brother, Sam Archer did go to trial and was found guilty of robbery and murder. He was legally hanged on July 10,1886.