Missouri History Today October 5, 1882: Frank James Faces Justice In Missouri After Jesse’s Passing

Missouri History Today October 5, 1882: Frank James Faces Justice In Missouri After Jesse's Passing

February 21, 1915

The only crematorium west of the Mississippi was located in St. Louis. On this day the body of Frank James was cremated there so it could be kept in a bank vault until the eventual burial with his wife in Independence.  

Life on the Run: Riding With the Younger Brothers

In the stories told about them during their careers the Youngers were often cast in the classic Robin Hood mold. It was an image they worked hard to cultivate, but it was only half true. They did steal from the rich but, as biographer T.J. Stiles wrote, “There is no evidence that they did anything with their loot except spend it on themselves.”

June 28, 1902

It was announced that Frank James had decided to live again in Kearney, MO along with his wife. He also stated (through his attorney) that his aged mother was planning to live with them.

Portrait of Frank James

February 18, 1915

When Frank James died on this date at his home in Excelsior Springs, a chapter of the history of "The Outlaw State" truly came to an end.

Frank James

October 5, 1882

Frank James surrendered on the steps of the state capitol. He made a short speech and turned his gun over to the Governor. Read more about this in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland. 

Portrait of Frank James

August 21, 1883

After having robbed dozens of banks and trains over nearly two decades, Frank James finally turned himself in October, 1882. His trial began in Gallatin on today's date. It was held in the city opera house in order to accommodate the crowds of spectators. Read what he did after the trial in Tales from Missouri and the Heartland.

February 8, 1915

Frank James, the brother of Jesse James, died at his boyhood home near Liberty. Read more about him in Tales From Missouri and the Heartland.

Portrait of Frank James

September 6, 1883

Frank James was acquitted on a murder charge in connection with a train robbery at Gallatin. He left to face charges in another murder trial. He was never convicted of any crime in Missouri.