Chip DeMann and Northfield featured in the Sept. issue of True West magazine

Jerry Bilek and Chip DeMann Sept. 2012 cover of True West magazine IMAG0238
Whenever I run into Northfield Historical Society Museum Store Manager Chip DeMann on the streets of downtown Northfield, he’s got something to show me. Last week, it was the Sept. 2012 issue of True West magazine which features the 1876 Northfield bank raid:

Cover: A painting by magazine editor Bob Boze Bell with the captions: "The Heroes of Northfield Still Stand Tall" and "Jesse James Messes with the Wrong Town."

Editorial, page 9: Chip DeMann is the Man, by Bob Boze Bell

Article, pages 26-31: The Great Northfield Raid Revisited: New research that changes our understanding of the James-Younger debacle, by Johnny D. Boggs

Article, pages 32-37: Northfield Revelations: A Northfield historian shares his lifetime of research into the 1876 bank raid, by Chip DeMann

The issue is not yet on the True West magazine website but here are some poor quality photos I took of the print coverage:

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Editor Bob Boze Bell has a blog. Here are links to some of his Northfield-related blog posts:


  1. Ross Currier said:

    Oh man (or should I say “Oh DeMann?), I love the maps of downtown Northfield!

    July 25, 2012
  2. You can purchase the True West Magazine at the Northfield Historical Society!!

    July 25, 2012
  3. Susan Hvistendahl said:

    Yeah, gotta love that “Jesse James Messes with the Wrong Town” sentiment. Congratulations to Chip. Pick up this high quality magazine at the Northfield Historical Society, as Hayes says.

    July 26, 2012
  4. Tim Hollinger said:

    I wonder if the Johnny D. Boggs who wrote the article, “The Great Northfield Raid Revisited” found on page 26 is a relative of the great banjo player Dock Boggs. Maybe the D stands for Dock? Does anyone here happen to have some insight into this? Dock Boggs was fascinated by the story of the James-Younger gang, and even played a rendition of the tune, “Bandit Cole Younger” when he performed at St. Olaf in 1965. After the performance he went down to the old bank and had his picture taken in front of the plaque.

    If anyone would like to hear the tune, go out and buy the Folkways Anthology of American Folk Music where you can hear what is probably the most famous version of the tune recorded by Edward L. Crain in 1931. You can hear a version by Dock Boggs on Dock Boggs, The Folkways Years; Smithsonian-Folkways

    July 29, 2012

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