Oliver Yantis short career true west magazine
Oliver Yantis.

Oliver Yantis was not the most successful outlaw.  He was one of the first members of the Bill Doolin Gang.  Just a week after Doolin’s former outfit, the Daltons, met its end at Coffeyville, KS, on October 6, 1892, he and Bitter Creek Newcomb and Yantis held up a train near Caney, KS.  They came away with less than $100.

Three weeks later, on November 1, the trio hit a bank at Spearville, KS, getting about $1600. Yantis had no time to celebrate.  He was killed by a posse four weeks after that.

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