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In Years Past

January 16, 2014
The Post-Journal

In 1914, Edward Beardsley, the Summerdale outlaw, still held the fort. For 72 hours he had kept the officers of the law at a distance. To all outward appearance the situation was the same with this exception, the sheriff was trying to accomplish by strategy what he had failed to accomplish by display of force. He was trying to make Beardsley think the guard had been withdrawn. He hoped that Beardsley would leave the house and try to escape. The county roads had been closed for a distance of a mile and a half. The sheriff guard was stationed on the Mayville side of the Bradshaw schoolhouse which was a mile from the Beardsley house.



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