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'Toronto Jimmie’s' big break

'Toronto Jimmie’s' big break
These carved wooden keys are part of the story of James Johnson, aka €œToronto Jimmie." In June 1903, Johnson was safely behind bars in the Olmsted County Jail awaiting trial for robbing the Dover bank.

James Johnson was a rogue, "a debonair looking chap, nearly 6 feet tall, well built, with dark chestnut hair, keen brown eyes, and a masterly carriage." A man not to be trusted. In June 1903, Johnson (aka "Toronto Jimmie") was safely behind bars in the Olmsted County Jail awaiting trial for robbing the Dover bank. Or so it seemed to jail turnkey M.D. Graham during nightly rounds. But when Graham checked the next morning, he found an empty cell. How did the scoundrel escape? These carved wooden keys are only part of the story. Learn more about Johnson and other local criminals and crime fighters during the 14th annual Oakwood Cemetery Walk from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 24For more information, call 282-9447.

Next week: That windmill on 15th Avenue Southeast.

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