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By Hannah Romero
Staff Writer 

The bank robbery wasn't a prank


March 31, 2022

Photo courtesy of the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

On the left, a young Ed Taliaferro is photographed. Telliaferro was a cashier tied up and left in the vault of the First National Bank during a robbery April 1, 1933. At the right is Taliaferro in 1985 during a visit to the Sweetwater County Historical Museum.

Almost exactly 89 years ago, on April 1, 1933, Green River residents were in the middle of the Great Depression and Prohibition, so times were hard. But even then, no one expected a bank robbery in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.

Ed Taliaferro certainly didn't expect to be held at gunpoint and tied up that April Fool's Day. The 29-year-old assistant cashier at the First National Bank was alone, locking up since the bank closed early on Saturdays. However, it wasn't uncommon for "old timers" to come in and talk with him, his father the bank president, and James Chrisman the cashier, even...

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