Tuesday, February 11, 2014



Outlaw and folk hero Frank James was born Alexander Franklin James in Kearney, Missouri, to Baptist minister Reverend Robert Sallee James and his wife Zerelda (Cole) James on January 10, 1843. The family originally resided in Kentucky.

James was the oldest of the couple’s four children: Robert (died young); Jesse; and Susan. Frank was 18 when the Civil War began, and became a member of the pro-Confederate militia, the Missouri State Guard. After some time spent as a prisoner of the Union Army, he returned home. By early 1863, he was riding with local guerrillas: first Fernando Scott, then William Clarke Quantrill. He was with Quantrill during the raid on Lawrence, Kansas (August 21, 1863) during which approximately 200 men and boys were killed, many in cold blood.

After the war, Frank and younger brother Jesse operated as bandits in various states, robbing banks and trains as the opportunity arose. After Jesse was assassinated in 1882, James surrendered to Missouri’s then governor, Thomas Crittenden. He was tried twice for robbery/murder, and acquitted both times.

James later worked as shoe salesman, ticket taker in a burlesque house, and also performed on the lecture circuit. He returned home in later years, and gave tours of the family homestead for a quarter. He died on February 18, 1915, leaving behind wife Annie and one son.

Wikipedia article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_James


HG: History, Geography, & Travel Room (Central Library)
SS: Social Sciences (Central Library)
ST: Stacks (Central Library)

BU: Buder Branch
CE: Central Express
CP: Carpenter Branch
DA: Julia Davis Branch
KI: Kingshighway Branch
MA: Machacek Branch
SC: Schlafly Branch


Title: The escapades of Frank and Jesse James.
Author/Compiler: Breihan, Carl W.
Local Call Number: ST—364.155
Publication Date: 1974.
Format: Books.

Title: Frank and Jesse James: the story behind the legend.
Author/Compiler: Yeatman, Ted P.
Local Call Number: STL, KI—364.1552092
Publication Date: 2000.
Format: Books.

Title: The James boys rode south; a thrilling and authentic new episode in the fabulous lives of the most daring desperadoes of modern times, Frank and Jesse James and their comrades in crime.
Author/Compiler: Hoole, William Stanley.
Local Call Number: ST—923.41
Publication Date: 1955.
Format: Books.

Title: Jesse and Frank James: the family history.
Author/Compiler: Steele, Phillip W.
Local Call Number: ST—B JAMES
Publication Date: 1994.
Format: Books.

Title: Jesse James was his name; or, Fact and fiction concerning the careers of the notorious James brothers of Missouri.
Author/Compiler: Settle, William A.
Local Call Number: HG, DA, MA, SC—923.41
Publication Date: 1966.
Format: Books.

Title: The last ride of the James-Younger Gang: Jesse James and the Northfield Raid 1876.
Author/Compiler: McLachlan, Sean.
Local Call Number: SS, MA—364.1552092
Publication Date: 2012.
Format: Books.

Title: Lives and exploits of the daring Frank and Jesse James.
Author/Compiler: Thorndike, Thaddeus.
Local Call Number: ST—923.41
Publication Date: 1909.
Format: Books.

Title: The lost cause: the trials of Frank and Jesse James.
Author/Compiler: Muehlberger, James P.
Local Call Number: SS—364.1552092
Publication Date: 2013.
Format: Books.

Title: Shot all to hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's greatest escape.
Author/Compiler: Gardner, Mark L.
Local Call Number: SS, BU, CE, DA, SC—364.1552092
Publication Date: 2013.
Format: Books.

Title: The trial of Frank James for murder: with confessions of Dick Liddil and Clarence Hite, and history of the "James gang" / with an introd. by James D. Horan.
Author/Compiler: James, Frank; Liddil, James Andrew; and Clarence B. Hite.
Local Call Number: ST—345.73
Publication Date: 1977.
Format: Books.

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