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Iowa Blacksheep Ancestors

Iowa Prisons & Convicts

Anamosa State Prison
First 20 convicts to arrive 1873

1915 Index at Anamosa State Prison
Names of all staff that worked at institution between 1873 and 1915

Ft. Madison Penitentiary
Extract from 1870 federal census

Iowa Outlaws & Criminals

Wesley Elkins
Elkins was only 11 years old when he murdered his father and step-mother in the remote farmhouse they shared in rural Clayton County, Iowa in July 1889. A motive was never definitively established; however, young Elkins was known to be angry over being required by his parents to care for his infant step-sister more frequently than he wanted. The brutality of the crime, its senselessness, and the tender age of the alleged murderer caused a stir across the state and beyond.

Snapper Hortman
Harry Hortman was a 25-year old hack driver in Cherokee, Iowa. On November 30, 1901, he shot and killed his sweetheart as she tried to flee from his jealous rage.

Harvey Logan aka Kid Curry
Curry was born Harvey Alexander Logan in Tama County, Richland Township, Iowa in 1867.

Lynn County Outlaws and Black Sheep
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Appanoose County Courthouse- Centerville, Iowa
Index to Probate Records 1846 - 1855.

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