They Copped the Copper

William Hayden and Charles Rorick were charged jointly in a warrant with having been guilty of destroying private property but when the case was called Attorney Coon announced that he had been retained to defend Rorick and therefore wished the defendants to be tried separately. The trial of Hayden was then proceeded with and when it was concluded and the defendant had been fined $5 and costs, $7.25 in all, Attorney Coon took a change of venue in the case and it was taken to the court of Judge Mays for adjudication Hayden admitted that he was in the company of Rorick when the latter went into the unoccupied saloon building, 218 North Front street, yesterday morning at about 9 o’clock, and testified that he and Rorick tore off the copper facing of the wash board behind the bars and tore out of the lining of the bottle box. This sheet copper they placed in a sack and were about to take it down to Rupp’s when Officer Tom Ryan, passing through Commercial alley, in the rear of the scene of depredation, saw the two men bearing a sack and dodging quickly out of view in the building. He entered and questioned them and found that Hayden’s left hand had been painfully cut. Both denied that anything was wrong but when the officer came upon the twisted copper they admitted that they had torn it from its fastenings. Rorick has a barber shop and restaurant at 216 North Front street, adjoining the vacant saloon building – formerly occupied by the late John Grave – has had access to the vacant room. The witnesses for the prosecution were Officer Ryan and William Binkert, of Binkert Bros., real estate agents. The officer testified to the facts of the arrest and Mr. Binkert testified to being agent for the building looted and that he had given no person permission to take away anything from the place or to destroy anything that was there.

When the attorneys and accused arrived at the office of Judge Mays the city asked for a change of venue and the case against Rorick was finally taken for trial to the court of Judge Bonney. There was a fine of $5 and costs was imposed on the defendant.

Source: Quincy Daily Herald, October 11, 1910.

A New Use for a Wooden Leg

Ed Ryan was fined $5 and costs before Justice Heckencamp this afternoon for assault and battery upon Charles Rorick a barber. The trouble occurred on May 17. Rorick is a barber. He said that Ryan who is a cripple came to his place to be shaved. They had some words about 25 cents that Rorick sa’d Ryan owed him and the latter took off his wooden leg and beat Rorick on the head and shoulders. Ryan admitted the assault and said he did so because Rorick passed a remark about his sister.

Source: Quincy Daily Journal, June 10, 1902.

Shot in the Arm.

On Sunday while Mrs. Charles H. Rorick, who resides on Spring street, between Tenth and Eleventh, was at St. Boniface cemetery, she was struck on the right arm by a rifle ball. The ball passed through her arm, making a severe wound. Mrs. Rorick did not hear the report of the rifle, and no one knows who fired.

Source: Quincy Daily Whig, March 13, 1894.

Girls Posing as Men Held as Capital Robbers

Ada Randall and Eleanor Walling, a pair of young women masquerading as men, who were arrested recently in San Francisco on suspicion of robbery, are believed by the Sacramento police to have committed several robberies in that city. Proprietors of three drug stores partially identified the girls as the “young men” who held up their place of business.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle, September 28, 1932.

Girl Bandit of Taft Is Held For Quiz

Officers Accuse Eleanor Walling of S.F. Holdups

ELEANOR WALLING, Taft girl who seven years ago placed her name in the nation’s headlines as California’s first flapper bandit when with two men companions she executed the daring daylight holdup of the State Bank of Taft, is making another bid for a penitentiary cell, according to a special dispatch from San Francisco today.

Twenty-seven years of age but still retaining a trace of the beauty that carried her pictures as 20-year-old bank robber to the front pages of the country, Eleanor was taken into custody in San Francisco late yesterday, in company with Ada Randall, possessor of a long police record.

The two women are suspected of perpetrating a series of drug store robberies in the bay district while masquerading as men.

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Flapper Bandit Quits Prison With Earnings

Bakersfield, Calif.—Eleanor Walling, flapper bandit convicted here five years ago of bank robbery, has been released from San Quentin penitentiary on parole. A violin player, former vaudeville performer and expert needlewoman, Eleanor left the gate guarding the somber pile of stone with a smile, her violin and a package of her needlework, surprisingly intricate in design, under her arm. She had just told good-by to Clara Phillips, with whom she had roomed and engaged in amateur theatricals in the prison in the women’s ward.

In the warden’s office she received quite a sum of money. During the five years in prison she had created beautiful things of fine linen and many pieces of her needlework had been purchased here. The money was saved for her.

Source: Santa Ynez Valley News, December 27, 1929.

“Flapper Bandit” Is Released from Prison

SAN QUENTIN, Oct. 15.—After serving five years of an indeterminate sentence for burglary, Eleanor Walling, the bobbed-hair “flapper bandit” of Kern county, is out on parole.

The long, dreary period in the “pen” had failed to dim Eleanor’s smile. When the order of parole became effective three days she left the prison with her violin andwith a package of fine needlework, specimens of her skill acquired while in custody.

She was given an indeterminate sentence of from five years to life after she confessed to helping several men companions hold up the State Bank of Taft and escape with a large sum of money.

Source: Lompoc Review, October 22, 1929.