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Trombley Boys Escape from County Jail. (1860)
  • Transcribed August 2006.
  • Bay City Press and Times - September 12, 1860


    By William A. Bryce, Editor

    On Sunday night last, between ten o’clock and midnight, two prisoners names Richard Trombley, and Sylvester Trombley, made their escape from the jail, or rather the apology for a jail, in this place, by sawing a hole through the plank over the window on the north side of the building, large enough to allow them egress. It is reported that they were seen in the streets at 9 o’colock in the evening, but this lacks confirmation, and Mr. Halsted says that when he reached home at ten o’clock, he went into the jail and found the prisoners, together with Richard Delons, who is also confined there, but who did not attempt to escape with the others. After making their escape, the prisoners crossed the river to Bangor, entered the house of Joseph Trombley, a relative of theirs and took several articles of clothing, a double barrel shot gun, and other valuables, and left for parts unknown. They were confined on a charge of burglary, and were awaiting trial at the fall term of the Circuit Court. Up to this time no clue to their whereabouts has been obtained. It seems to be the general opinion that they went northward. If they will only keep going in that direction, the people of Bay County will for once approve their course. No blame is attached to Under Sheriff Halsted in this matter, as it would require his presence constantly to prevent any expert criminal from escaping in a like manner. A lack of space this week prevents us from speaking further in regard to our county jail. We shall take an early opportunity to do so.

    Related Notes & Pages

    The Joseph Trombley referenced in this article founded the village of Bangor. He was also one of the early pioneers of Bay County, having erected the first frame house here along with his brother Mador.
    Bay County Jail
    People Referenced
    Bryce, Wm. A.
    Delons, Richard
    Halsted, (Sheriff)
    Trombley, Joseph
    Trombley, Richard
    Trombley, Sylvester
    Subjects Referenced
    Bangor, village
    Bay County, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.