Capturing the Younger Brothers Gang in the Northern Plains: The Untold Story of Heroic Teen Asle Sor

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Near sleepy Hanska Slough, on September 21, 1876, Norwegian teen Asle Sorbel made a daring “Paul Revere ride” into Madelia, Minnesota. His efforts, and those of the Madelia Magnificent Seven, led to the capture of the Younger brothers of the Jesse James–Younger Gang. The gang’s botched Northfield bank raid and infamous Madelia shootout were well reported. But Asle’s story was lost to history. Friends of the outlaws planned reprisals. Asle changed his name, his persona and his location. He kept his mouth shut. In 1883, he quietly reestablished himself in Dakota Territory. As years passed, he became the premier horse doctor in the Webster, South Dakota area, all the while haunted by vigilant fear. Author Arley K. Fadness uncovers the lost secrets and remarkable life of valiant Asle Oscar Sorbel.
ISBN: 9781467152365
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: South Dakota
Series: True Crime
Images: 67
Pages: 176
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Arley Kenneth Fadness was born in Webster, Day County, South Dakota, the same hometown as Asle Oscar Sorbel himself. His wife, Pamela, is from Madelia, Minnesota, where the Younger brothers had been captured. Arley is a retired draftsman, clergy, active history enthusiast and author. Presently, Arley is a presenter of five history programs through the South Dakota Humanities as a Humanities Scholar.
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