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Charlie TRUDE Family History

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Charlie Trude was well known in the early 1900's around St. Marys, Ks.  In
1905 his name appeared in the county papers nearly every week.  It all
started  March 16, 1905 when Marshall Henry Folkes of Wamego tried to arrest
him on the charge of beating his wife.  He asked the marshall if he had a
warrant for his arrest.  When the marshall said "no", Trude pulled revolvers
from his pockets with each hand and told the marshall to move on.  A couple
weeks later, he jumped into N.E. McPherson's wagon on Bertrand Avenue, beat
him over the head, and knocked him out of the wagon.  Trude and McPherson
were inhabitants of the same island near St. Marys.  McPherson filed charges
and Trude was arrested Apr. 2, 1905.  The following was printed in the Wamego
Times, Apr. 6, 1905, pg 3:
Charlie Trude came to town last Sunday evening to get a team to drive to
Maple Hill and was sitting in the office at the Costello Livery barn waiting
for the team to be harnessed when Night Marshall Dunn walked in on him and
with a "six-shooter" in his hand told Trude he was under arrest for
assaulting N. E. McPherson.  Trude took his arrest very cooly and was locked
up in the city jail.  He was taken before Judge McFadden, Wednesday morning,
and the Judge placed him under a $5,000 bond for his appearance at the
preliminary hearing this (Friday) afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Trude did not give
bond.  The state will prosecute him.  Monday morning Trude broke the bail
from a tin bucket in his cell and made a key with which he picked the cell
lock and was out into the cell room trying to pick the lock on the outer door
when Hugh Leonard, who is guarding him through the day, gave the alarm and
the prisoner was soon confined in his cell again.  Tuesday night he set fire
to the bed clothing in his cell, no doubt for the purpose of getting up an
excitement during which he probably imagined he could make his escape, but
again his night guard, Bud Roberts, gave the alarm to Night Marshall Dunn,
who quietly responded and the fire was quenched without Trude leaving the
jail;  thus went glimmering another chance for Trude to get his liberty.
 Trude was bound over to the district court for assault with intent to kill.
 His bond was again placed at $5,000, which he failed to give.  He has been
taken to the county jail. -- St. Marys Journal.
He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $25 and costs.
Only a few weeks later, Apr. 20, 1905, this article appeared in the
Westmoreland Recorder:
He Burned the Ventillation Hole in the Ceiling Large Enough to Crawl Out.
Charley Trude broke jail Saturday night and is still at large.  On Sunday
morning he appeared at the residence of ex-Sheriff J. H. Cooper and wanted to
borrow a gun, which was refused him.  Mr. Cooper at once notified Sheriff
O.D. Hobbs who went to the telephone office and as fast as possible called up
the farmer lines and the surrounding towns and asked them to be on the
lookout for him.  In the morning it was discovered that he had taken A. J.
Tebbets pony mare, an animal that was not in a condition for fast travel.
	An examination of the jail showed that he had wrenched some bars off the
bunks in the iron cage and with these heated red hot he had burned the
ventillation hole in the ceiling of the corridor large enough for him to
force himself through, though the hole was only seven by eleven inches.  The
jail is lined with heavy steel except the ceiling which is made by two by
fours driven full of spikes and covered only with metal ceiling.  After
getting above the ceiling he knocked the boards and shingles off the roof and
was soon out side.
	Trude had fixed a weapon with which he probably intended to brain the
sheriff and jailer and escape should he find occasion to do so.  He had
secured a large one and one half inch railroad nut and had driven a chair
round into this.  This missle was found secreted in his bed.
	Trude is an ingenious fellow.  On Saturday night he told Sheriff O.D. Hobbs
that he could unlock the cell door or the outside jail door for that matter
with a wire.  The sheriff did not believe that he could do so and gave him a
piece of wire taken from a bale of hay and told him he might unlock the cell
door.  Trude quickly bent the wire and unlocked the door several times as
quickly as could be done with the regular key.  Mr. Hobbs took the wire from
him and still has it in his possession.  Until a short time ago, Trude was
kept in the cell.  He wanted a chair in there and the sheriff thought that he
might possibly use it for some other purpose than to sit on and refused to
give him one.  The next time the sheriff came in he was surprised to find
Trude sitting on a chair in the cell.  He had by some means pulled a chair to
the open stell(sic) frame work of the cell managed to pull the chair in
pieces and thus take all the parts into the cell, where he set it up again.
	Mr Tebbets' pony was found at Tom Downey's place in Union township.  It had
been turned loose and still had the bridle on and showed no evidence of
having been injured by hard riding. 
	Should Trude be apprehended as it is thought he will be, he will undoubtedly
be convicted of breaking jail or stelling(sic) the horse, and sent to the
penitentiary unless he is proved to be insane.
	Trude was serving a centence(sic) of three months in jail for assulting N.E.
McPherson in St. Marys.
Six weeks later, Trude was finally captured: Westmoreland Recorder June 8,
	The Multi-Jail Breaker, the Man who has Played the Desperado in this County
is Again in Jail.
Charles Trude, who escaped from the county jail some time ago was captured
last Sunday morning, on the island near St. Marys and brought to Westmoreland
and lodged in jail.
	A nice little piece of stratagem was used to take him.  It has been
generally known that he was on the island, but he carefully hid from the
officers who went at various times to look for him.  Then as a matter of fact
as long as he behaved himself, it was just as well that he should not be in
custody until the jail was repaired.
	A short time since Trude picked up the Belvue ferry boat that had washed
down there.  Frank Wilber who was on good terms with Trude had been engaged
by Sheriff Hobbs to assist in Trude's arrest.  It was arranged with Wilber
that he should go to Trude and tell him that the trustee of Belvue township,
with whom it was known that Trude was not acquainted, wanted the boat and was
willing to pay $10.00 for its recovery.  Mr. Wilber finally made bargain with
Trude to turn the boat to the Belvue trustee for the sum of $10.00 and
reported to Sheriff O.D. Hobbs.  S.M. Coffelt a stranger to Trude
impersonated the Belvue trustee and went with Wilber to Trude's house.
 Sheriff Hobbs and Deputy W. P. Myers dug a hole in the sand by the boat
sufficient to hide themselves leaving only holes to look out at.  Wilber and
Coffelt had some difficulty inducing Trude to go with them to the boat, but
the $10.00 he was to receive was too strong a temptation; so he finally
loaded up his revolver and went with them.  When they neared the boat, Wilber
and Coffelt grabbed their man and held his arms to his body so as to prevent
him getting his gun, and Sheriff Hobbs and Mr. Myers soon had him
	Now that Trude is again in jail, it is proper to say that while Sheriff
Hobbs did not make his plans public, that he was laying them carefully to
take Trude and had not newspaper articles in St. Marys kept Trude constantly
on the watch, he would most likely have been taken a month ago.  Trude is a
dangerous man when he starts out to be and could easily hide so that it would
be a very dangerous proposition and probably a fruitless one for a posse of
men to start out man hunting on that island, as some people wanted the
sheriff to do.  We believe that the people generally will agree with the
RECORDER that Sheriff Hobbs exercised good judgment in the capture of Trude,
and that the criticisms which came mainly from people that were disappointed
because Mr. Hobbs did not select a relative of theirs for deputy, are unjust.
Trude is now in the cage in the county jail.  It is probably that he will be
sent to the penitentiary for breaking jail.  His trial will come up at the
September term of court.
Trude's mother got 50 citizens of St. Mary's to sign a petition to the County
Commissioners for his release.  They alleged him to be a model citizen and
said his services are needed at home as there is a large family dependent
upon his labor for their support.
Trude attempts another escape, as reported in the Westmoreland Recorder Sept.
28, 1905, with a piece of his iron bedstead he gets out of his cell and is
discovered just as he is about ready to gain his freedom.  He had made a key
from a thin piece of steel from the bottom of his bunk.  He was discovered
after a neighbor to the jail, W. H. Walden, heard pounding, notified Sheriff
O.D. Hobbs, and when Trude was found, was ripping off the steel ceiling from
the top of the corridor.  Trude said he ought to be given special credit for
being good for four months and making no attempt to escape.  The County
Commissioners evidently took his good behavior into account and at the
January term of District Court the following order was made regarding Charles
"now on this 6th day of January, 1906, again appears Charles Trude and it
appears that he has been unable to give the bond and security heretofore
required by the board of county commissioners of Pottawatomie county, Kansas;
that if the said Charles Trude, now confined in the county jail on account of
his failure to pay the fine and costs adjudged against him by the district
court of said county, on the 7th day of April, 1905 in the case of the State
of Kansas vs Charles Trude, shall execute his bond to the said board
conditioned that he shall pay to said board the said fine amounting to
$231.00 together with $8.00 damages done to the jail by him in his breaking
said jail and $82.00 for the expenses incurred by the sheriff in re-capturing
him, in the following terms go-wit: $25.00 on the first of April 1906 and
$25.00 quarterly thereafter until all of said fine, costs, damages and
expenses are paid.  Then upon the execution of said bond, if the said Charles
Trude shall fail to comply with, perform any terms of said agreement or
conditions of said bond, then he may upon the order of said board be
reimprosoned in said county jail until all of said fines and costs shall have
been fully paid."
Almost one full year later: Westmoreland Recorder - Dec. 20, 1906
An Account of the Disposition of Cases on the Docket.
Court Adjourned Last Saturday
The Trude Case
Charles Trude continues to pay quarterly the amount of his fine and costs
agreed upon with him by the board of county commissioners.  The case against
him for jail breaking is continued from term to term and will not be
dismissed until he is square with the county.  Many people of greater
pretentions do not meet their obligations as promptly as he does with the
county commissioners.

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