DEXFIELD PARK





Photos above show one of the shot-up Dexfield Barrow Gang cars.
The car belonging to Edward Stoner was stolen in Perry, Iowa.


EDWARD STONER
July 4, 1906 - April 15, 1969




1933 FORD RADIATOR CAP
Should you visit the Dexter Museum, you will see the actual radiator cap
from Clyde's 1933 captured Ford, such as the one seen here.




After the shootout at the Red Crown hideout, the Barrow Gang
headed north, and crossed the border into Iowa.

Upon reaching the village of Dexter they settled in the twenty
acre wooded recreation area called Dexfield Park to lick their
wounds. Exhaustion, panic and painful moans filled the air on that
summer day of July 20, 1933. Buck was delirious and in great pain,
suffering from a vicious head wound and Blanche faced blindness
from the shards of glass that had showered down on her when the
car's windows were shot out.

The scabs from Bonnie's burnt legs had re-opened causing
them to bleed. They had to endure the extreme pain without
the aid of the medication, which was left back at the Red
Crown hideout. After making rough beds on the ground for
Buck and Bonnie, the lesser injured busied themselves washing
up at a nearby stream and applying makeshift bandages to Buck's
head and Bonnie's legs. Clyde's plans for returning his brother
back home to his mother became a priority as he didn't expect
him to survive his horrible injuries.

They had promised her that if either one of them were badly
hurt or dying, that they would be brought back home to her.
On about the third day on July 23rd, the group had gone to buy
some medical supplies & food, leaving the campsite for a few
hours. A local who had been taking a stroll through the park
had found evidence suggesting that that someone had burned some
bloody bandages. He heard the radio reports telling of the
possibility of wounded fugitives being in the area and called
Town Marshal John Love, who then contacted Sheriff C.A. Knee.
Sheriff Knee didn't take any chances, as he knew who he would
be dealing with. He made a call to his dentist friend Hershell
Keller - a National Guardsmen and together they formed a posse.

They swore in a couple of new deputies and located every farmer
or store keeper who owned even a squirrel gun or pistol. Surrounding
the campsite which was vacant for the moment they took up their
positions in the nearby bushes. By late afternoon the two bullet
riddled cars had returned to the campsite. The posse remained in the
bushes surveying their prey. W.D. was busy inspecting the damage
to the vehicles, while Clyde meticulously cleaned their weapons.



NEWSPAPER ARTICLE



Plans had been made to return the dying Buck Barrow back to their
mother's home in Dallas. They threw caution to the wind and made
a campfire. While W.D. cooked some sausages, Bonnie was brewing
the coffee. Suddenly gunfire erupted from the bushes surrounding
the camp. Bonnie screamed and everyone of them started grabbing
for their weapons, even Blanche.

While they began to assemble near the cars, Clyde jumped behind
the wheel of one of them and put it into gear. He began to drive
the car to where the others had been waiting. Just then a bullet
struck him in the arm causing him to drive onto a tree stump.
With this car disabled, Clyde and W.D. Jones advanced to the other
car, only to see it reduced to rubble by the onslaught of the
possemen's gunfire. Buck had received a total of five gunshot
wounds to his back and dropped to the ground. Blanche had refused
to leave his side. Now that both cars were eliminated as a means
of escape and Buck and Blanche unable to flee, Clyde, Bonnie and
W.D. made tracks for the woods nearby. As the lawmen closed in,
Blanche holding on to her husband, began crying out to them,
"Stop, don't shoot!", "He's already dying".

Grabbing her by the arms they pulled her away from Buck's side,
Buck just lay there helplessly in a heap and dying!

Blanche photographed shortly after capture, being restrained by Polk County Deputy
Sheriff Lorin Forbes who had described her as "a holy terror" and "mean and nasty."


Blanche just kept crying, "Don't die Daddy...don't die"


TRIVIA
The gentleman in the suit, in the above photograph, who is holding the hysterical Blanche's arm is identified as Lorin E. Forbes.
According to Hideout visitor Shawn West, his cousin Betty Bruno's grandfather was Charles Forbes, Lorin E. Forbes was his brother.
Cousin Betty passed away in 2002 in Encino, CA. She related to Shawn that Lorin had received a large cash reward back then and had a
diamond mounted on his front tooth for it. Lorin passed away in 1970 and is buried in the Glendale Cemetery in Des Moines, Iowa.

Lorin's Headstone via Find A Grave website


Old newspaper headline here
courtesy of Shawn West







Riding Breeches (Jodhpurs) and High Leather Riding Boots
An influence into Blanche's adopted fashion?

Ruth "Lady Lindy" Elder had brought notoriety to this fashion in the newsreels
and national headlines while rising to fame for her skills in aviation.


Blanche had bought her famous riding breeches and high leather riding boots in Mt. Ayr, Iowa. The photo below
of screen legend Carol Lombard graced the newspapers at the very time the Barrows were hiding out at Dexfield
Park. Perhaps Blanche was thinking of actress Lombard's style of fashion when she picked out her own outfit.


Maybe Clyde was considering having Ms. Lombard join his gang!








Buck seen above (lying on ground)


From there he was taken to the King's Daughters Hospital
in Perry, Iowa (see photo below) where he died five days
later at 2 o'clock on Saturday July 29, 1933.



During Buck's stay at the hospital, the doors were barred
and the place was surrounded by armed lawmen. There were
fears that Clyde and Bonnie would attempt to get Buck out
of police custody. Only the doctors and nurses were allowed
to enter the premises. Emma Parker and her daughter Billie
had gone to the Perry, Iowa hospital along with Cumie and
L.C. Barrow. While there they had rented rooms in a house
that was located directly across the street from the hospital.


HOSPITAL IN LATER YEARS

PHOTO HERE













Bonnie in Denver hospital




BUCK ON HIS DEATH BED


Dept. of Justice files read: "Due to the lack of medical attention, the wound in Barrow's head, gave off
such an offensive odor, that it was with utmost difficulty that one could remain within several feet of him."




PERRY, IOWA 1930s (One)

PERRY, IOWA 1930s (Two)




Kansas City Times - July 29, 1933





Houston Post July 25, 1933



QUOTES FROM THE DOCTOR
The following excerpts contain quotes from the doctor
who had treated the wounds of the outlaws following the 
shoot-out in the field in Dexter, Iowa.
Courtesy of Dr. Bob Weesner, Dexter, Iowa & Sandy Jones.


Doctor Keith Chapler of the Chapler-Osborn Clinic in Dexter, Iowa, had attended to Buck & Blanche Barrow following
the shoot-out. Blanche had sustained small cuts around both eyes with small pieces of crushed glass inside the upper and
lower lids of both of her eyes producing traumatic conjunctivitis. "Blanche was highly tense and nervous and as you
watched her sitting on the floor reception room in my office, with Buck surrounded by many officers, of the she would
become more subdued" Buck Barrow had a through-and-through head wound in the front part of his skull where no vital
centers are contained. This is the wound the gang had been treating themselves. They had been pouring Peroxide into the
front opening, letting it boil through, three or four times a day. He (Buck) said it had not bothered him except for the pain
in the beginning which had been alleviated with aspirin, and neither Doctor Osborn or myself could not believe how clean
the wound was. When we first saw him, he was complaining of the severe pain in his back from theshoot-out that had occured
at Dexfield Park. It was found that a bullet had entered his back and ricochetted off of one of his ribs and lodged in his chest
wall, posteriorly, close to the pleural cavity. "Doctor Osborn and I, did go over to the Perry hospital and did remove the bullet
that was logged in Buck Barrow's chest, but I believe he developed pneumonia in a few days and did die" The report goes on
to say that Blanche, dressed only in a hospital gown and a sheet, had asked to use the bathroom and then tried to escape.


DR. CLYDE'S CURE

"Buck Barrow had a through-and-through head wound in the front part of his skull."

"They had been pouring Peroxide into the front opening, letting it boil through, three
or four times a day. Doctor Osborn or myself could not believe how clean the wound was."





POSSE MEMBERS MILLING AROUND




SHERIFF C. A. (CLINT) KNEE







C.C. "RAGS" RILEY


The only injury to the posse was a slight head wound sustained by Deputy Sheriff
C.C. "Rags" Riley, seen posing here with his prized bloodhounds "Block" and "Tackle"






BARROW GANG DEXFIELD WEAPONTRY




A SUBDUED BLANCHE AFTER HER CAPTURE






"Noah's Ark"

Known as "Noah's Ark", this old wooden bridge was used several times by Barrow,
during the night of July 19-20, 1933, in his effort to escape that part of the country.
sources: Blanche Barrow's memoirs - researcher Shirley Kimsey















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