Get the torches and pitchforks

A visit to Yates Center's old jail coincides with a retelling of a 1915 bank robbery. Join the Register's Trevor Hoag for his latest Just Prairie installment.


Local News

April 13, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Chasidy Miller and Sheena O’ Brian are led anxiously into a jail cell by Woodson County Historical Society President Ron Shaffer. Photo by Trevor Hoag / Iola Register

A snowy sky hung dimly over the Yates Center square as I pressed my face against the glass of what was once the State Exchange Bank.

I imagined the teller counter had returned, the bars, the safe and two unassuming young men entering the door in February 1915.

Unmasked and well-dressed, they strolled to the desk around lunchtime and asked whether a “Mr. Hines” had been in.

January 28, 2020
January 27, 2018
April 7, 2017
November 12, 2011