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Julie Thompson, a historian and Garrettsville native, recently recounted the tale of the great Garrettsville train heist of 1935 to a crowd of more than 100 that featured a slew of G-Men football players.
READ PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Garrettsville native discusses research into village's infamous 1935 train robbery Monday
The mascot's name was derived from the G-Men term -- meaning government men -- which was gangster slang in reference to FBI agents. The name has roots to the train heist as authorities descended upon the small northern Portage County town in the wake of the train robbery that was masterminded by notorious gangster and public enemy Alvin "Creepy" Karpis.
READ PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Garrettsville group launches campaign to recognize site of 1935 train heist
Thompson's presentation marks the unofficial launch of a campaign to have the present-day site of the train depot where the heist occurred recognized with a historical marker. The site is located off S.R. 88 near S & K Sales & Service, Inc., 8018 French St. in Garrettsville.