Willis Newton thought robbing a train would be easier than picking cotton. So he and a pal called Red stuck up the Southern Pacific just outside Cline, TX late on December 31, 1914.
It was the last Old West-style train holdup in Texas.
Afterwards, the boys walked 50 miles to Willis’ mom’s house and split the $4700 take. But Newton wasn’t done. He joined his brothers and between 1919 and 1924, it’s estimated that they held up 87 banks and six trains.