March 20, 1868. A group of robbers—which would evolve into the James-Younger Gang—hit the Nimrod Long Bank in Russellville, Kentucky. Bank President Long briefly fought the outlaws before being subdued. The gang made away with more than $9,000.
Frank and Jesse James, who were in the bank, apparently didn’t know about a family connection to the bank owner. Nimrod Long had provided money to their father, Robert James, so that he could attend Georgetown College in the early 1840s.