February 6, 1887
Frank “Jelly” Nash was born in Birdseye, Indiana. His father, John “Pappy” Nash, started hotels in several southern towns, including Paragould (Greene County), Jonesboro (Craighead County), and Hobart, Oklahoma. Living in Paragould from 1893 to 1896, Nash then moved with his father to Jonesboro and, afterward, to Hobart, which he later treated as his hometown. Frank Nash has been called “the most successful bank robber in U.S. history,” but he is most noted for his violent death in what has become known as the Kansas City Massacre. Nash is thought to have participated in roughly 200 bank robberies and was often considered the “mastermind” of several groups of criminals.