John A. Coss, 8 North 50 West
This is the same area, and the same name - and might explain why census records don't show him, and why John A. was living with an aunt in 1900.
Parkersburg, W. Va., Nov. 11, 1893.
" For many months past the stores, residences and post ofllces of towns along the Ohio river between here and Sisters-ville have been systematically robbed by what appeared to be an organized gang of thieves.
After the robbery of the St. Mary's post oflice, a few weeks ago, United States Inspector Hooten and Deputy Marshal Mehen were detailed to ferret out the robbers, and by Tuesday they obtained sufficient evidence to warrant the arrest of Frank Bailey, of St. Mary's, on suspicion. To keep in the background themselves they detailed Special Officer Petty, of this city, and Sheriff Reynolds, of Pleasant county, to make the arrest.
After being placed in jail here Bailey confessed, and gave as his accomplices Edward Bailey, three men named Shamblin, Broh and Pyles, and five others, whose names have not yet been made public.
Pyles was arrested and secretly brought here on Wednesday. Broh escaped in a skiff, and is still at large, and Thursday night Edward Bailey and Shamblin were captured at Letart, on their shanty boat, Crown Hill.
Upon searching the boat a large quantity of stolen goods, identified as that taken at Cochransville and Hays station, was found scattered in "blind" closets. The four men arrested are now in jail, and officers started up the river Friday with warrants for the other five named by Frank Bailey and several others whom they think are members of the band.
Among those under suspicion is John Coss, the Ohio convict, who before his release wrote Mrs. Phillip Still his divorced wife here, that when his term was out he intended coming down and killing both her and her husband, and who, when he came here, was arrested and railroaded out of town. Coss' appearance tallies with the description of one of the robbers of St. Mary's post oftice and he left home for that place the night before the robbery.
The officers think that, although they have not yet arrested tho leader of the band, they have unearthed the largest, best organized and most desperate gang of thieves that has ever operated in this vicinity, and whose depredations will run up into the thousands."
Wheeling, West Virginia May 19, 1900
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