Gasoline Thieves — Garland Lane

32390456_123042295006Aug. 28. 1932–Two men died as the result of a gun fight between four alleged gasoline thieves, a guard, a farmer and a transportation worker. Garland Lane, a bus driver, guarding the Bethel school’s gasoline pump, died of his wounds 24 hours after the shootout on August 29, 1932. Lane had seen men tampering with the school’s gas pump and went after the four armed men. The guard on duty was shot and killed instantly. A farmer, also on guard with Lane, was left in critical condition. Three men escaped, the fourth was killed in the gun battle.

To help honor J. Garland Lane


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