Motor Car Bandits

In October of 1919, Otero Beeson was engaged as a trombonist at the Sam S. Shubert Theatre in Kansas City.

Variety “Shubert Number” November 7, 1919

The original Shubert opened in 1906 at the corner of 10th and Baltimore and was known for its ornate decor and intimate ambiance. It was advertised as being “absolutely fire proof.”

Ote had the Stutz with him but he was also a heavy drinker and securing accommodations in the neighborhood was a top priority. For the 1919-20 season, he set up shop at the Hotel Dixon only two blocks south of the Shubert.

The “motor car bandits” who robbed him at gunpoint were not the sharpest tools in the shed.

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