Sep 18, 2007, 09:13 PM
Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust
Paul Lindseys Island of Loot ......Merom, Indiana
Book Title: History Of Greene And Sullivan Counties, Indiana
In 1860, a man rode into Merom and stopped at the hotel. He gave his name as Paul Lindsey, and claimed to be from away East. In a short time Lindsey had selected the worst and lowest people in the country as his associates, and finally married a woman of low character, noted for her size, immense strength
and terrible temper. It was believed by many of the citizens of Merom that Lindsey harbored thieves and gamblers, and he openly threatened any citizen who would dare interfere with him. Finally, however, he concluded Merom would no longer tolerate him, and took possession of the island in the Wabash River, and
in plain view from Merom's promenade ground. This island belongs neither to Indiana nor Illinois, and here Lindsey felt safe. He defied the law, built him a strong house, threatened all of the prominent citizens of the town and county, and constituted himself the receiver of stolen goods, and his house the harbor of thieves. No man felt his life or property safe, and it was decided that some measures must be taken to rid the community of such a dangerous person.
Accordingly, one Sunday morning the children on their road to Sabbath school were surprised to see such numbers of men riding into town. It was learned that the island was to be taken that day. The men armed themselves well and took the
way to the island. Several men took skiffs and started for Lindsey's home. It being Sunday, the bold robber felt safe and had lain down to rest and was soon fast asleep. The first intimation he had of any intrusion was to suddenly find himself confronted with loaded revolvers. He surrendered at once. His house was burned, his wife and children were brought over to Merom, and he was disposed
of—no one knows how except those who were present. A few days later one of Lindsey's gang was pursued and killed. Since that time the island has been turned into a productive farm, and Paul Lindsey and his gang are almost forgotten.
Spencer county, Indiana: 1. An outlaw gang operated on Paul Lindsey Island in the Wabash River near Merom’s Bluff and looted, killed and terrorized the area residents for many years. In 1860, irate vigilantes raided the island and killed the bandits including the leader Paul Lindsey. It is believed that much of the loot acquired by this gang of cutthroats remains buried or hidden somewhere on the island or nearby mainland.
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Feb 10, 2013, 10:05 AM
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You post so much good stuff.....Where do you find all this info ..GYPSY
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