100 Years Ago in Bienville Parish – Deputy Jordan Returns Empty-Handed

In 1921, the Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Department were investigating the “hijacking” of John Wells in Gibsland and had issued a warrant for Mal Gatewood for the crime.  In January of 1922, Bienville Parish deputies learned that officers in Terrell, Texas, a few miles east of Dallas, had Mr. Gatewood in custody. 

Bienville Parish Deputy Sheriff Henderson Jordan took the train from Arcadia to Terrell, Texas, a distance of about 220 miles, to retrieve Mr. Gatewood.  (Deputy Jordan was elected Sheriff in 1932 and served two terms.  He was one of the 6 law enforcement officers who ended the crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde.)

While Deputy Jordan was enroute, Mr. Gatewood escaped from the officers in Terrell.  Deputy Jordan had no choice but to return empty-handed.  

Source: The Bienville Democrat, January 26, 1922, p.1.

A Vicksburg, Shreveport & Pacific Passenger Train arriving in Gibsland from Shreveport in 1921. (Image from Bienville Parish: Images of America)

Photo from the same spot on January 27, 2022. (Photo by Brad Dison)

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