A Short and Not-So-Sweet Career Oliver Yantis’ ride on the outlaw trail wasn’t very smooth.

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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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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.