On Christmas Eve in 1917, bandits Dewey Stout and Otto “Hickory” Harris donned masks and burst into Watson’s Drug Store at the corner of 8th Street and Sampson Avenue. Brandishing revolvers, the robbers demanded money from Elsie Watson, who was writing an order behind the counter. Thinking the duo a hoax, Elsie laughingly replied “What’s the joke?”

“It’s no joke, give us your money,” Harris bellowed as he raised his revolver to her head. Elsie pointed to the cash register, which Stout then attempted to open. Elsie reached down for her pen, scaring Harris who fired a shot. The bullet passed safely…