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"Historic Troutdale State Bank Building, Troutdale, Oregon"
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Image, 2015, Troutdale, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Law Office building, Troutdale, Oregon. This building was once the "Troutdale State Bank". Image taken March 16, 2015.

Troutdale State Bank Building ...
Troutdale, Oregon, is located along the Sandy River at River Mile (RM) 3. In 1920 the Troutdale State Bank opened, and robbers blew it up in 1921. The bank closed for good during the depression. Today (2015) it is the law office of Richard A. Weill.

Bank reopens after explosive robbery:

"1921 - Troutdale State Bank was back in business July 12, 90 years ago after having been blown to smithereens the previous April 20 by robbers who were too generous in their use of explosives. With walls rebuilt and reinforced, and the twisted vault door rebuilt, the bank, run by H.E. Bloyd, was back in business at the corner of Buxton Street and the historic highway. It would take the Depression to break the little bank. It is now the law office of Richard Weill."

Source:    "The Portland Tribune", July 12, 2011, written by Sharon Nesbit, downloaded from website March 2015.

Law Office of Richard A. Weill ...
Welcome to the Law Office of Richard A. Weill

"I am Richard A. Weill, Attorney at Law. I have been a practicing lawyer in the Portland Metropolitan area for 33 years. In 1995 I purchased the historic Troutdal State Bank Building and have been providing legal services in Troutdale since then. In 20 years of practice just in Troutdale I have served over 1,600 clients."

Source:    Troutdale Law Firm website, Richard A. Weill, website, downloaded March 2015.

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Law Office building, Troutdale, Oregon. This building was once the "Troutdale State Bank". Image taken December 31, 2014.
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Law Office Building, originally the Troutdale State Bank, Troutdale, Oregon. Image taken August 22, 2016.

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"The Morning Oregonian"

"The Morning Oregonian", Monday, May 31, 1920 ...
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NEWSPAPER image, the newly constructed Troutdale State Bank Building. "The Morning Oregonian", Monday, March 31, 1920. Original newspaper courtesy University of Oregon Historic Newspapers Archive website, 2015.

New Financial Institution to Serve Suburban Town and Community Opens Doors for Business Tomorrow.

"Another bank will be added to the financial institutions of Multnomah county tomorrow when the recently chartered Troutdale State bank opens its doors for business. O.J. Hawkenson, a banker of many years' experience, formerly of Ossco, Wis., and who after coming to Portland was for several years assistant cashier of the State Bank of Portland, from which he retired last year to devote his attention to the lumber industry and home building, is president of the bank; L.M. Cleek, for several years credit man of Krausse Bros., wholesale shoe dealers, 1st vice-president. The officers actively engaged in the bank will be H.E. Boyd, cashier, formerly cashier of the Multnomah State bank at Lents and more recently connected with the State Bank of Portland and Kelso State bank. Troutdale has the double advantage of location in a prosperous farming community with considerable industrial development that makes it a good pay-roll town. Numbered among the stockholders are several local men of prominence. An attractive bank building has been erected for and is now owned by the bank. Fixtures of quarter-sawed oak have been installed and everything is complete except the manganese safe and vault fixtures, delayed in shipment because of the freight embargo. Temporarily burglar-proof safes will be installed."

Source:    "The Morning Oregonian", Monday, May 31, 1920, courtesy University of Oregon Newspaper Archives website, 2015.

"The Morning Oregonian", Thursday, April 21, 1921 ...
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NEWSPAPER image, "Cracksmen's Blast Wrecks Troutdale Bank". "The Morning Oregonian", Thursday, April 21, 1921. Original newspaper courtesy University of Oregon Historic Newspapers Archive website, 2015.



Amateur Cracksmen Bungle Job With Too Much
Nitro-Glycerin and Get No Loot.

"Embryo yeggs rocked the town of Troutdale with a terrific blas about 3:30 o'clock yesterday morning, when they blew open the vault of the Troutdale State bank and nearly wrecked the building. Except for the heavy property damage, there was no loss, as the bank currency, coin and securities were in a manganese steel safe within the vault.

Several ounces of nitro-clycerine must have been used by the amateur cracksmen, who were fortunate in escaping with their lives. They are suppose to have made their escape in an automobile parked several hundred yards from the bank. Up to a late hour last night deputy sheriffs and police had no trace of the robbers. The sole clue were the marks of new automobile tires in the soft earth at the edge of the highway and some unused shotgun shells.

Investigating authorities were certain that the work was not that of professional yeggs, as there were many marks of the amateur. The "overdose" of nitro-glycerine savored of experiment, unelss too much was spilled accidentally. The "job" apparently had been poorly planned. Those attempting it seemingly did not know of the existence of the safe inside the vault. To blow the safe, which was of modern, yegg-proof type, would have required much time and skill, and the moment the vault doors were blown open the entire town of Troutdale was aroused.

The number of men participating in the attempted robbery is not known, but footprints near the automobile tracks would indicate that there were three.

The bank building is of hollow tile chiefly and the walls were cracked by the force of the explosion and jolted out of plumb. All the windows were shattered. One chair was the only bit of furniture which escaped untouched. An electric adding machine was blown through the front of the building half way across the paved highway. Counters were splintered and debris littered the floor of the bank. The cracksmen probably never attempted to re-enter the building after noting the results of the blast and the attendant publicity given ttheir attempt.

A.D. Kendall, whose home is across the highway from the bank, was awakened by the shock and ran out on his front porch with a shotgun in his hand. Seeing an automobile without lights headed toward Portland a few hundred yards down the highway, he emptied both barrels into the air. He did not fire at the machine, fearing it might not contain the marauders. It later developed that the automobile he had seen was being driven by a neighbor, Milton Fox, a grocer of Troutdale. He was rushing for a telephone to notify the sheriff's office and had doused his lights for self-protection.


Cracksmen Make Escape in Auto After Job Fails,
Leaving Building Nearly Wrecked.

Deputy Sheriffs Christofferson, Beckman, Wilson, Lamont, Rexford and Mollenhour arrived on the scene shortly after 4 o/clock and Portland police guarded the roads leading into the city, but the robbers were not seen. W.C. Spence, living a block from the bank, reported that he saw at least two men leap into an automobile parked near his barn and start toward Portland.

The robbers gained entrance to the bank by breaking a glass in the rear door and opening the lock. They pried off the combination of the autl, but were unable to get inside without blowing open the door. The great door, eight by six feet, was wrenched from its hinges and hurled 20 feet.

Damage to the bank building and furnishings is estimated at bewteen $5000 and $7000. Business was transacted yesterday in the Masonic building east of the bank."

Source:    "The Morning Oregonian", Thursday, April 21, 1921, courtesy University of Oregon Newspaper Archives website, 2015.

"The Morning Oregonian", Thursday, June 23, 1921 ...

Prison Testifies He Went OUt to Practice With Revolver and Became Ill.

"Jurors chosen to determine the guilt or innocence of Archie McCoy, charged with dynamiting the vault of the Troutdale State bank on the night of April 20 retired to consider the case at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and it was believed probable a sealed verdict would be returned.

McCoy, and ex-convict, was found the day after the burglary sick on the road between the bank and his home at the edge of the city on the Base Line road.

Witnesses testified his illness was similar to tht induced by inhaling fumes of nitro powder, and it was the theory of the state that he prepared this powder at the bank and blew off the door of the bank vault. Shoes taken off McCoy's feet after his arrest were said to have fitted tracks near the bank. McCoy, when arrested, had a revolver, a pair of pliers, a bunch of skeleton keys, a flashlight and a heavy hammer with a metal handle.

On the stand in his own behalf, McCoy said he started out that day in the early morning for a point east of the Twelve-mile house for target practice with his revolver. In the brush, he said, he became sick from stomach trouble and sought to make his way back home. Because of his condition, this required hours."

Source:    "The Morning Oregonian", Thursday, June 23, 1921, courtesy University of Oregon Newspaper Archives website, 2015.

"The Morning Oregonian", Friday, September 16, 1921 ...

Archie McCoy Escapes Trial for Alleged Safe Blowing.

"Archie McCoy, who was found in a dazed condition about a mile from the Troutdale State bank with damaging circumstantial evidence in his possession a few hours after the bank vault had been blown open with an overcharge of dynamite which rocked the town, will not be tried on indictments charging him with the crime. Two indictments against him were dismissed by Presiding Circuit Judge Morrow yesterday at the request of Deputy District Attorney Pierce.

McCoy has five years yet to serve on a revoked parole. Trial of one of the Indictments dismissed resulted in a hung jury. Improbability of conviction in a retrial and the circumstance of the revoked parole were said to have led to yesterday's recommendation."

Source:    "The Morning Oregonian", Friday, September 16, 1921, courtesy University of Oregon Newspaper Archives website, 2015.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, April 2, 1806 ...

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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003

Sources:    See sources for Troutdale;    plus:    City of Troutdale website, 2015;   

All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
March 2015