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 Nicolaus Gustafson

Nicolaus Gustafson

Birth
Sweden
Death 11 Sep 1876 (aged 30)
Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section A, Plot 26
Memorial ID 11933 · View Source
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Resident of Northfield, Minnesota who was walking up to the First National Bank on the afternoon of his death. He encountered a member of the James-Younger gang who was standing guard outside the bank while 3 other members of the gang were inside robbing it. Told to get off the sidewalk by the gang, he failed to comply because this Swedish immigrant did not speak English. Shot and killed by the gang due to his apparent slowness, he caused the alarm to be raised, rallying the townspeople to drive off the gang before the robbery could be completed. His actions along with Joseph Heywood (see separate entry) inside the bank were directly responsible for the failed robbery and the killing and capture of most of the gang members, thus ending the reign of one of the most notorious band of outlaws in the 1870's western United States.

Bio by: Bill Sonsin


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  • Added: 28 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11933
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nicolaus Gustafson (20 Aug 1846–11 Sep 1876), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11933, citing Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, Rice County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .