Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd
Floyd continued to run on over the hill beyond the house and out of sight. By 12:40pm almost an hour after the shoot out at
Silver Switch Floyd arrived about a quarter of a mile away on the other side of the hill at Peterson's garage where he spotted
several young men standing there. Floyd was out of breath, looking rough and dirty. Floyd had asked the young men who
were at the garage that day for a ride to Youngstown, Ohio and offered them $10.00 if they would drive him. Floyd had told
them a story about his car being broke down in the hollow, and that he has been hunting a dog, and that he would appreciate it
very much if they would drive him. A couple of the boys started backing the car out of the garage when their mother called them
down and wanted to know what was going on. She told the boys they couldn't go.
Floyd then ask one of the other young men there, George MacMillen if he would help and handed him $10.00. Floyd and
George got into George's car and left the garage. They took off down Kountz Ave and straight to Camp Ground Road, crossed
the Y&O crossing avoiding the main highway they headed out the back roads to Youngstown. While driving down the road
Floyd asked George MacMillen, "I suppose you know who I am"?. George MacMillen didn't know, and Floyd told him that "the
radios were flashing it all over the country, and the papers are full of it". Floyd then pulled up his coat and showed him one of
his two guns and also showed him the back of his shirt where he had said the Wellsville police had shot him although there
were no signs of blood. They headed towards James H. Baum's who was a florist in Wellsville, Oh. Around 1pm at Mr.
Baum's greenhouse is where George pulled the choke on the hill and told Floyd that his car was out of gas. The car drifted
into a ditch. Floyd got out and went up to Baum's green house to get some water as the car was overheating. Floyd brought
back a bucket of water and put it in the car and then tried again. Floyd then questioned George MacMillen about being a
constable or detective or policeman? Floyd asked George MacMillen to go with him and not make any movement with his
eyes or blow anything. They then went up and asked Mr Baum, "How about getting some gas, I will pay you for it" Floyd said.
Mr Baum replied "I haven't any gas". Floyd then wanted to know if he could drain some gas out of his car which Mr Baum said
that it wasn't possible with that type of car and besides I don't have a hose.
Floyd asked Mr. Baum if he would drive him to a gas station along with George MacMillen. They all got into James Baum's car
a 1929 Nash Sedan tan in color with Mr Baum driving when Floyd pulled out one of the bigger (.45) of the two guns he was
carrying and said "Old Man, I have a little surprise for you" and stuck it between the 2 men and told Mr. Baum not to stop off at
any roads or stop at any gas stations. As they traveled through the back roads past Bethel Church out to route 45 and down to
an old farm, right where Patterson's had their cottage and then on to West Point.
Deputy Sheriff George Hayes had been notified about 1pm that Saturday what had occurred earlier that day by the Fire Chief
from Wellsville and that one of the men (Floyd) was headed this way. Sheriff Fultz had recognized Floyd's picture from a book
published by the W.J. Burns Company earlier that day after arresting Adam. Deputy Sheriff Hayes and Charley Patterson took
the car out to the railroad tracks and blocked the highway. They had been there for about an hour or so when they noticed a
tan Nash coming down the hill and turn into the Mill. They had noticed 2 men in the front and thought they saw a head bob up
and down in the back. They became immediately suspicious as the mill was closed. Once the car pulled back out onto the
road they gave chase however there were several cars between them and the tan Nash. The Deputies were able to get
around the other cars and followed the big tan Nash on a road called the Roller Coaster. At this point in time Floyd and the two
men in the front seat realized that someone was following them as they past the bridge. Floyd wanted the car behind them to
drive on past and wanted Baum to drive on but Baum looked around and said "There's the police". They had been traveling as
fast as they could when Floyd shot out the back window of the Nash firing into the car Deputy Sheriff George Hayes was
driving. The shot went thru the middle of the windshield right between Deputy Hayes and Charlie Patterson. As soon as the
shot rang out Mr. Baum brought the Nash to a dead stop about 50 yards in front of the Deputy's car. James Baum did not
recall how many shots were fired but did find 2 spent shell casings in the back seat of his car.
At approximately 3:30pm, Deputy Hayes jumped out on the left side and Charley Patterson on the right. Deputy Hayes called to
the driver to come back with his hands up. At that time George MacMillen got out on the right. Both men ran around in front of
the car and then into the woods and then came out again. Deputy Hayes then told them to come back with their hands up but
neither men did. Floyd who had been sitting in the back of the car then jumped out on the right and ran around in front of the
car crouching down and using the two men for a shield. George MacMillen came around the right side of the car back towards
the Deputy and was told to put his hands up but he didn't. Baum tried to get the Deputy's attention by telling him that "You
know me" and was then shot in the left thigh by Officer Patterson. At that time the Deputy Hayes handcuffed MacMillen and did
recognize Baum. Charley Patterson then ordered them into the car. Floyd taking advantage of the situation then ran across
the road, thru a small clearing and into the woods and thick brush.
Deputy Hayes positioned Charley Patterson in the field near the road and went for help. He brought back additional men for
the search, Dave McCreary and Cappy Lewis along with Foster Shattuck. They canvassed all the back roads again warning
the farmers thereabouts to put their cars away and lock them up. Later that Saturday a woman by the name of Taylor had
spotted a man with a pin stripe suit and no hat running up the right of way near the bridge on the roller coaster not far from the
strip mine close to where she lived. Deputy Hayes and the men worked until dark canvassing the country side.
Once again on Sunday October 21st, early morning Deputy Hayes and Charlie Patterson and many more men were now out
covering the roads between counties between Youngstown, route 7 and 164 along with Deer Park Road until darkness set in.
There were no reported sightings of Floyd that Sunday.
Later that Monday, about 1pm Agents R.G. McCallum, C.F. Risler, and D. DiLillo where patrolling the area north of East
Liverpool, Ohio. They stopped by Robert Robison a farmer whose farm was located a few miles west of Calcutta, Ohio.
Robert Robison was shown a photograph of Floyd and immediately identified him as the man he had furnished food to at his
farmhouse about about 12:30 that same day. Mr Robison had stated that the picture was a perfect likeness of the man who
had eaten at his house. Robert said the man was dressed in a navy blue suit and was not wearing a hat. Floyd had asked
him to drive him to Younstown, Ohio and was willing to pay for the transportation. Robert Robison refused and Floyd left on
foot. Special Agent Risler immediately communicated this information to SAC Melvin Purvis at the Travelers Hotel in East
Liverpool advising him that Robison's far was near the Bell Schoolhouse about 4 miles north of East Liverpool and located on
a country road a short distance east of route 7.
Immediately a squad of Agents composed of Special Agents Reynolds, O'Hare, and Rose was reached by phone and
instructed to proceed to the Bell Schoolhouse area. Another squad of SAC Puvis and Agents D.E. Hall and S.K. McKee, left
there temporary headquarters at the Travelers Hotel and headed to the Bell Schoolhouse area.
Once SAC Purvis's squad reached the Bell Schoolhouse the called the Chief of Police at Youngstown and furnished him the
description of Floyd and requested that squad cars be dispatched in that direction. SAC Purvis also called Special Agent H.E.
Hollis at the Travelers Hotel and requested him to get in touch with the Chief of Police at East Liverpool requesting additional
Around 2:30pm that Monday afternoon, Chief McDermott received a call from the SAC Melvin Purvis and by 2:45, Herman Roth,
Chester Smith and Glen (Curly) Montgomery left the office. They headed up Walnut Street and out St. Clair into Calcutta to
meet up with the Federal men that called. They went out route 7 to the White House Filling Station where they were to meet up.
The Federal men had left there 2 minutes earlier and a couple of men at the filling station directed the Sheriff down the road to
a car that had Michigan license plates on it. The Sheriff and his car full of Deputies headed down the road to the intersection
of Clarkson road. At approximately 3:00pm they met the 4 Federal men, Melvin Purvis, Special Agents D. E. Hall, W. E.
Hopton, and S. K. McKee on route 7 on the far side of Williamsport, just beyond Brookside Park.
It was there that Melvin Purvis came up to the Sheriff's car and introduced himself. Melvin Purvis then told the Sheriff that
Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd had approached somebody along the Bell School House to try to get them to take him to
Youngstown. They thought he had come out on route 7 from the Bell School House or across country; that he had continued
out the road from the Bell School House towards Youngstown or crossed through the country. It was Melvin Purvis's idea to
head him off on the other side. Melvin Purvis then inquired about how to get back into the Bell School House from where they
were. Melvin Purvis then told the Sheriff that he had one car patroling out there where we were and a bunch of men working
back at the Bell School House. The Federal men needed help in finding there way and the Sheriff offered to show them the
Both vehicles then proceeded through Clarkson and had turned right at the forks in the road. They stopped at several different
places to inquire from house to house. They had gone down Echo Dell to the Levi Hickman farm and inquired if he had seen
anything strange. It was there the Mr. Hickman stated that Constable Birch had been there shortly before and stated that Floyd
had been seen down around the Bell School House and may have crossed over towards the William Stoffer farm. Mr Hickman
then suggested a set of directions that Sheriff McDermott decided against and told Melvis Purvis that there was a better way.
While stopping at the Anderson's residence, Jim Anderson was out in the field plowing. Glen (Curly) Montgomery and Melvin
Purvis walked out to him and spoke with him in the field. Jim Anderson said that he had seen a fellow passing without a hat,
in a dark suit around 1:30pm walking towards Sprucevale Rd but he was too far away to give any type of description outside of
that. They continued down the Sprucevale road toward the Conkle farm.
It was around 2:50pm when Floyd managed to get to Mrs. Ellen Conkle's farm. Floyd had asked Mrs. Conkle if she would give
him something to eat and had said that he was hungry and lost, and that he and his brother had been out hunting and he had
got lost from his brother. Mrs Conkle asked Floyd what he had been hunting and Floyd replied "squirrels or just anything we
could find". Mrs Conkle keeping Floyd engaged in conversations told him that he surely wouldn't be hunting squirrels after
night. "To be honest I have been out drinking and had got too much to drink" Floyd replied. It was at that moment Ellen
Conkle knew the man was lying and became afraid of him. Mrs Conkle then fixed him what he had asked for "meat". He was
hungry for meal mainly consisting of meat. Floyd then thanked Mrs Conkle for lunch and said that it was "fit for a king". Floyd
then remarked: "I look like a wild man" and "I feel just that way". Mrs Conkle just smiled but did not reply. Floyd then offered
Mrs Conkle a dollar which she tried to refuse. By this time Floyd had been in the kitchen for nearly an hour, it was now
approximately 3:50. Floyd then inquired of Mrs Conkle about taking him to Youngstown. She had told him that she couldn't
take him and if he waited here until about 4pm she would see that he got to route 7. Floyd then asked Mrs Conkle for a
newspaper and said that he wanted to see the news and also needed some matches. Floyd then remarked to Mrs. Conkle: "I
will go down to the car and wait". and he proceeded to wait in her brother Stewart Dyke's car.
Ellen Conkle's brother Stewart Dyke had been husking corn with his wife. Around 4pm he had walked up to the car Floyd had
been sitting in. Floyd had the keys and was trying to start the car and didn't notice Stewart approach. Once Floyd noticed
Stewart he replied "Hello there" and Stewart responded in kind. Floyd then explained to Stewart that "your sister said you
would take me to the bus line". Both men argued about the arrangements for a ride. Floyd was insistent on a ride to route 7 or
to Youngstown and Stewart Dyke continued to refuse. Mrs Dyke then approached the car and removed the keys. Mr and Mrs
Dyke then walked up to the house and asked Ellen Conkle if she had seen the man in his car. After a brief conversation
Stewart walked back to the car but by then Floyd had walked down to the end of the driveway near the road.
of the car. Floyd got into the car and just sat there. Stewart knew something was about to happen. The law men had jumped
out of the car and Purvis's men that were following about a block away drove up and stopped the car blocking the driveway.
The 4 lawmen hollered to the Federal men that Floyd was in back of the corn crib. The lawmen were armed with 2 shotguns,
2 machine guns and revolvers. It was then that Stewart Dyke saw the 8 officers, 6 without uniforms and 2 with uniforms.
Stewart began backing up the car in the driveway when Floyd saw the officers standing across the lane. Floyd ducked down
beside Dyke and said "Drive behind that building, they are looking for me" while at the same time pulling his gun out. Stewart
pulled forward to where they had originally started from and reached over and unlatched the door on Floyd's side and told
Floyd "Get out, you son of a bitch". Floyd obliged.
The officers had seen him get into the car and then get out with a gun in his hand. Floyd started around one end of the corn
crib and the Federal men hollered for him to "come out!" Floyd then peered around the corn crib and saw two men in uniform
and ran back and forth a few times as if trying to make up his mind which end of the corn crib to come around first. During that
brief moment in time Melvin Purvis called to Floyd, "Floyd, come to the road. If you don't we will shoot." But no sooner than
Melvin Purvis started to call out to Floyd he started to run. The officers hollered once again for Floyd to "halt put your hands
up" but Floyd kept running keeping the corn crib and a small garage between him and lawmen. When he came around the
garage into the open the order to fire was given by both the Federal men and Chief McDermott "Let him have it". As the
lawmen gave chase on foot all 8 lawmen began firing at the same instant while continuing to run after Floyd. Melvin Purvis
fired six shots from his .38 special. As Floyd ran he threw his left hand up into the air as if he may have been hit in the arm
and kind of cut sideways. As Floyd ran he turned from side to side, in a zig zag fashion almost at times running sideways as
an apparent effort to dodge the oncoming bullets. Looking back over his shoulder he continued his race thru the field to the
top of the hill and the trees beyond.
Floyd asked "Where's Ad" and when Glenn Montgomery replied "Ad who" and couldn't tell him Floyd replied "Oh Hell", very
defiantly. When Chief McDermott got to where Floyd laid, Floyd said "Who the hell tipped you off", "Where's Eddy", Chief
McDermott then asked Floyd: "How bad are you hurt", and Floyd replied "You've got me twice". It was then one of the Federal
men asked "Your name's Floyd?" He waited for a reply and then repeated the question to Floyd again. Floyd grinned and said
"I am Floyd". It was then that Chief McDermott instructed Melvin Purvis to go for help. Melvin Purvis accompanied by Agent
D.E.Hall and Stewart Dyke immediately went to Clarksburg in order to get to a phone and an ambulance.
Special Agent S.K. McKee then questioned Floyd about the Union Station massacre. Floyd's reply was "To hell with the Union
Station". Agent McKee then told Floyd that he was dying and Floyd replied "I know I'm through." Agent McKee then asked Floyd
to do the decent thing and tell what he knew about the massacre. Floyd did not reply. Agent McKee then asked him if it was
not true that he, Adam Richetti, and Verne Miller had done the shooting at Union Station. Floyd replied "I ain't telling you
nothing ----you---"" Floyd was defiant with his answer. Floyd then lapsed into semi-consciousness. A few moments later he
was heard to say "---you", paused and then said "I'm going". At approximately 4:25pm that afternoon Floyd died right where
he laid. He had lived about 15 minutes after falling in the clover field.
At that time Chief McDermott then instructed Herman Roth, Chester Smith and Curly Montgomery who had been watching over
Floyd to carry him from the field and place him on a grassy spot under a tree near the road to await the arrival of the
ambulance. Floyd's body was searched. In his possession was $122.00, twelve $10.00 bills and two $1.00 bills. There was
also some loose change a loaded clip for a .45, a Gruen pocket watch and chain with a silver half dollar attached and a cameo
ring of which were returned to Floyd's mother with a signed receipt. Floyds 7th and 10th fingers had been sand-papered
While at the Sturgis Funeral home the autopsy was performed by Doctor Roy C. Costello and Dr Edward W. Miskall with
Coroner E.R. Sturgis in attendance.
At approximately 4:07 Chief of Police H.J. McDermott,
Chester Smith, Herman Roth and Glenn (Curly)
Montgomery of the East Liverpool Police Department were
driving south along Sprucevale road with Melvin Purvis's car
about a city block behind them. Approaching the Conkle
farm Glen (Curly) Montgomery noticed a man resembling
Floyd's description dressed in a suit with no hat standing
near the road. When Floyd saw the officer's car coming
down the road Floyd returned to Stewart's automobile. Glen
Montgomery hollered to the Chief to stop and told him that
he saw a man resembling Floyd go behind the corn crib.
He saw Floyd near a couple of women (Ellen Conkle and
her sister in law). Stewart told his wife to get into the back
seat and then walked around to the front
About 50 yards from the corn crib Floyd fell on his back in
the center of the clover field at approximately 4:10pm. He
tried to turn on his right side and attempted to sit up just as
the officers arrived. One of the Federal men hollered at
Floyd "Stick your hands up!" Floyd laid on his left side and
stuck his left hand up but held his right hand across his
chest. Chester Smith had been the closest one to Floyd.
He grabbed Floyd's right wrist and began to remove the
cocked .45 automatic Floyd held in his hand. At that instant
Floyd began to reach for the .45 with his right hand he had
in back on his right side . Glen Montgomery closed in on
Floyd at that time and grabbed his left hand and held his
head down while Herman Roth removed the second .45
from his belt. Herman Roth then held Floyd down so he
couldn't get up. Handcuffs were then immediately placed
Floyd's Thompson Machinegun The serial number had been filed off.
Floyd's 2 45s
45 auto modified Serial # C84197
45 long clip Serial # 18001
Chester Smith taking finger prints at the Sturgis
Floyd death certificate
Crowds at Sturgis Funeral Home and at
Adam and Charles wore
identical cameo rings, Floyd's
ring was returned to his
mother, Adam's ring was
returned to his sister Minnie,
she passed the ring on to my
father and he to me.
Charles Arthur Floyd b: Feb 3, 1904 d: Oct 22, 1934
|Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd, wife Ruby, and son
Jack Dempsy Floyd
Funeral services for Charles Dempsey FLOYD, 74, of Vacaville, Calif., were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Vaca Hills Chapel
in Vacaville. Burial was in Vacaville, under the direction of Vaca Hills Chapel. Mr. FLOYD was born Dec. 29, 1924, in
Bald Hill, to the late Charles Arthur and Ruby (HARDGRAVES) FLOYD. He died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, in Vallejo,
Calif. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Floyd of the home; one daughter, Sheri; one son, David; and nine grandchildren.
|Ruby Floyd Hardgraves Kirkwood
b. Feb 6, 1907 - d. 29 July 1970: