Millard Fillmore Leech


Millard Fillmore Leech had his moment of fame in September 1877.  A clerk at a mercantile in Ogallala, Nebraska, when he sold some red bandanas to a Texas cowboy named Joel Collins. A few days later, Collins led some outlaws (photo), including Sam Bass, in a heist of the Union Pacific Railroad train near Big Springs, netting about $60,000.

Leech, who yearned to be a lawman, managed to get hired by the railroad and tracked down several of the robbers—all but one of whom died within the next year.  

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