Mail robbers shoot up downtown Springfield
No matter the time of day, the Chicago & Alton station in Springfield was a busy place, including the early morning hours of Sunday, April 1, 1923.
Mail truck driver Jo-seph Harney had delivered mail to a Chicago-bound C&A train and then load-ed his truck with sacks of incoming mail. Harney was ready to leave when he came face-to-face with several robbers. One of the gang used his shotgun to conk Harney on the head. With Harney side-lined, the robbers quickly took five sacks of mail off Harney’s truck and put it in their car.