Untitled Article About Bobby Reakes

Originally Published In The Evening Democrat: Thursday, JANUARY 13, 1898, (Warren, PA), Page 4.

The Buffalo Courier yesterday related how Bobby Reakes gave his friends in Randolph the double-cross. He told them he had arranged a fake wrestling match with an unknown and that he would allow himself to be thrown. The contest was set for Tuesday night at McLeod's Hotel. About 50 invited guests were allowed to see it. A local soloon-keeper was referee, and Reakes' cousin held the stakes. The farmers bet right and left against Reakes. One man is known to have lost $500, and his gold watch valued at $135, while 15 others lost bets from $100 to $300. Reakes won the first two falls m 27 minutes, and nine minutes, thereby winning the match. He then disappeared down the stairway, and skipped with his two cappers in a hack that was waiting outside the door. He never came back.


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