Mystery Solved

4 June 2014

 

Jesse Shore's photo shows the bank in Columbus, New Mexico after Pancho Villa's raid on March 9, 1916.

Before dawn, Villa rode into town with 500 mounted raiders.  They killed 18 people and wounded 10, including civilians and soldiers of the town's military garrison.  They damaged buildings including the bank and post office, and left parts of the town in flames.

The bank was at the corner of Broadway and Main streets, owned by James Greenwood.

Next to it was a soft drink business owned by John Dalton.

Across the street was the post office.

Histories of the raid show the locations of the buildings.  The 1920 US Federal Census shows the names of the owners and locations of their buildings.

After the raid, Jesse Shore's unit, the 22nd Infantry, was moved to Columbus from Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas -- 70 miles away -- to prevent further attacks.


In the photograph he saved, Jesse Shore is standing guard at the bank with another soldier and a policeman.

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Here are records of the raid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click  here  to see Jesse Shore's photograph again.

It shows the bank and soft drink business, and damage from the raid.

The bank was at the corner of Broadway and Main streets, owned by James Greenwood.  Next to it was the soft drink business owned by John Dalton.

Here are civil records of the bank and soft drink business.

 

 

Calls to Arms

 

 

Two Weeks Later

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