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: TRUDE AT LARGE He Burned the Ventillation Hole in the Ceiling Large Enough to Crawl Out. HIS TRICKS SHOW HIM TO BE INGENIOUS _______________ 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, 1905: TRUDE CAPTURED The Multi-Jail Breaker, the Man who has Played the Desperado in this County is Again in Jail. PROBABLY GO TO THE PEN THIS TIME. _______ 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 hand-cuffed. 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 Trude: "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 DISTRICT COURT 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.