Fred Anderson Confesses to Murder of Station Helper
in Pittsburgh in 1930
George C. Skidmore, 26, alias Fred Anderson, was
placed under arrest near Castle creek by Sheriff Walter Altman and Joe
Roberts, deputy and brought out to Grangeville, Wednesday and is being
held for agents of the Department of Justice,.
Skidmore is wanted for the murder of one Chas. Hammond, crippled
attendant at the Liberty Bell service station, in Pittsburgh, Pa. on
September 20, 1930, during a stickup of the station.
Shortly after the holdup, a Gen Botsford was apprehended and
named Skidmore and one Henry Uccellino, alias Hennie White, still at
large as his confederates.
Information from Pittsburgh stated Skidmore was a
crack pistol shot, always ready to shoot, and said he had already shot,
four highway patrolmen, who had attempted to arrest him for this murder.
He always wore from one to two pistols and often times also
carried a rifle.
He came to Grangeville sometime in 1931 and worked
at different places on the prairie and on the Clearwater, and is well
acquainted in the Stites and Kooskia sections.
At the time of his arrest he was employed with a line crew in the
construction of a telephone line to Elk City.
Although his life while a resident of this county
has been always within the law, he had been finger printed twice and had
been kept under surveillance at all times by Sheriff Altman, because of
his guns, and ability to be out of the country or in hiding when wanted.
He has waived extradition, and consented to go
willingly to stand trial for this murder in Pittsburgh.