Sun., 8:44 pm: Garrettsville remembers last great heist, and recent fire

COMING MONDAY: Train heists, masked bandits, getaway cars and a federal manhunt may sound like plot-points for a Hollywood action movie, but for those familiar with Garrettsville’s history, they are elements of a very real event that has since been woven into the village’s fabric.

On Nov. 7, 1935, the eyes of a nation including those of J. Edgar Hoover were focused the Garrettsville train depot, where a gang of masked bandits executed what many historians call the last significant train heist in American history, holding up a train bound for Warren.

Now, more than 78 years after the heist, community members, students and historians will descend upon Garrettsville for a ceremony 6 p.m. Wednesday at James A. Garfield High School, where the state will recognize the heist with a historical marker.

The ceremony also will double as a public thank you to emergency personnel and others who responded to a March 22 fire that damaged or destroyed 13 businesses in a downtown block of historic buildings.

Read more in the Monday Tribune Chronicle.