The hometown of Bonnie Parker is Rowena, Texas Originally named "Baronsville" in 1898
after it's founder Paul J. Baron. The Baronsville Post office started using the name Rowena
in 1901, possibly after the name of a girlfriend of the son of Jonathan Miles who had obtained
a railroad extention through the town, or after the name of Santa Fe railroad clerk James
In 1904 the townspeople had persuaded Baron to "offically" rename Baronsville to Rowena.
On the evening of March 5th 1968, 78 year old Doc Newton (one of the Newton Boys) walked into
the First National Bank of Rowena with his Uvalde friend Robert Talley armed with two .30
caliber handguns and a .30-.30 rifle, and robbed it. Living across the street from the bank
was Butch Lisso a childhood friend of the late Texas Ranger Frank Hamer. Lisso lived in his
Liquor store and after being startled from his sleep by the sound of the bank's alarm, called
the sheriff who then busted Doc Newton.