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Harry Young and Ollie Crosswhite

 Ollie Crosswhite

Harry Young and Ollie Crosswhite had encounters in 1926, six years before the Young brothers massacre in January of 1932.  In that shootout, six police officers were killed.

Springfield Republican, October 1, 1926, page 1
Involves two in car theft
Herschel Lanning of Republic accuses Edis Tinsley and Harry Young

As the result of a “lead” uncovered in the arrest of Edis Tinsley, Harry Young and Sam Jenkins for the Chaffin café robbery at Republic last Monday morning, Herschel Lanning of Republic was arrested yesterday afternoon on the charges of having stolen and stripped a Ford touring car.

Lanning, officers said, made a complete statement of his part in the affair, involving Tinsley and Young.  According to the statement made to Deputy Sheriffs Ollie Crosswhite and Frank Freeman, Tinsley and Young appeared at his home in Republic one night about two weeks ago.  He was in bed at the time, he said.  They told him they had a car that refused to run and wanted him to help them.  He accompanied the two to a machine beside the road not far from Republic.  They got the car started and ran it to a secluded spot where it was stripped, he is said to have told the officers.

 Harry YoungParts of the machine that were not too heavy were divided among the three and the motor was concealed in a thicket.  An interesting fact in this connection is that for four nights in succession Sheriff Alfred Owen and one or more of his deputies had lain in wait for anyone who appeared to take the motor.  When no one had appeared after a vigil of four nights, the officers brought the motor to Springfield.

Springfield Republican, October 5, 1926, page 8
Furniture found
A quantity of furniture, said to have been stolen, was found yesterday afternoon in the residence of Mrs. E. Young.  She is the mother of Harry Young, held in jail on charge of complicity in the recent robbery of the Chaffin café at Republic.  The furniture, said to have been taken from a farmhouse near Republic, was found by Deputy Sheriff Ollie Crosswhite.

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