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Films to tell tale of the James/Younger gang

Local sources to be credited in movies

March 14, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

It will be coming soon to a screen near you.

A DVD screen, that is.

Bruce Osborn, producer and co-owner of Movie Productions LLC of St. Joseph, Minn., who lives north of Cylinder, is wrapping up the finishing touches on two documentary historical films scheduled to come out in DVD - Trail of Tears and Beyond, which chronicles the exploits of the James/Younger gang on their way from Missouri to Minnesota, and The End of the James Gang, which tells of the gang's demise after it met its match in what has come to be known as the Great Northfield, Minn. Raid. Osborn's partner is Brian Posh, editor, who lives in St. Joseph, Minn., ironically, the same name of the town in Missouri where Jesse James was ultimately gunned down by former gang member Bob Ford.

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Richard Rosburg shows an 1876 map — the year the James and Younger brothers passed through Emmet County on their way toward the Northfield, Minn. raid that ultimately broke up the gang. With Rosburg is Mildred Bryan of the Emmet County Historical Society showing a picture of a Mrs. Brujhel who fed the James gang at her cabin near what is now the Wallingford Cemetery.

A Mrs. Brujhel apparently fed the James gang in her cabin near Wallingford - that same cabin now stands at the Emmet County Historical Museum.

It was Richard Rosburg, rural Estherville, who was able to produce an 1876 map showing the stagecoach road the James and Younger gang would have taken from Estherville to the former townsite of Tanhassen three miles southeast of Ceylon on the north shore of Tuttle Lake and from there to Garden City and Mankato. Frank and Jesse James both traveled through Tanhassen on their way to and back from Northfield. Osborn said the old hotel and post office that were there when Frank and Jesse came through still remain - though there is no record of their having been registered guests.

After the debacle at Northfield in which most of the game was pretty well shot up, Frank and Jesse stopped at the Pruitt farm to get fresh horses, five miles southeast of Tanhassen. Meanwhile, the Youngers and gang member Charlie Pitts were trapped by a posse near La Salle, Minn. a couple weeks after the raid. It was there that Charlie Pitts was killed, and that November, after getting sentenced, the Younger brothers were sent to Stillwater State Prison.



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