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The John Cole House, Sailes, Louisiana

The Shreveport Journal - Tueday, May 29, 1934


these two maps do not fit together... Yet they seems to be drawn and written bny the same hand. The maps are in the same article as John Cole House photographs; both exterior and interior. If you followed the top map, the map would have you turn right after the "Sailes Filling Station", at the Sailes crossroad. This road is known as Highway 516 in modern times. However the second map shows that you would go on to the south past the Sailes crossroad 516 and then turn back to the East on a dirt road to the abandoned John Cole house. That would mean a turn on the dirt road by the powerstation. The dirt road was there in 34 but not the power station. The second map with turn by the power station makes more sense. The first map has the house right by Mamie Murphy's house on 516. The 516 road was a gravel road going between Sailes and Bryceland. It was a fairly well traveled road and so does not fit in with the description of the abandoned house.

The first map would work if you say they left out the Sailes crossroad. It seems odd the author artist would leave that crossroad off the map when they included the Sailes Filling Station. The first map also labels the road to the hideout as being a dirt road. The second map has road going east from sailes as being a gravel road. Old roadmaps also show this being a gravel road.

So we can't know for sure and we weren't there in 1934 and all that; But I think the second map is more accurate as far as the location of the abandoned John Cole house. Plus Jimmy Gillman was shown by a Cole person where the John Cole house was and it fits in with the turn by the powerstation. J Gillman was shown by a few people the same location, Area A. If the hideout was by Mamie Murphy's house, it would not have been very secluded.

But at the same time, I do not rule out the location by Mamie Murphy's house. So I call that "Area B". I call the area with the turn east by the power station "Area A". To add to the mystery land deeds from that time show that John Cole's land was to the west of Sailes. I call that "Area C".

The article above mentions Clyde in negotiations to buy this abandoned John Cole house. I think this is a fairly absurd notion. But if we explore that notion, we'd have to say Clyde would have been dealing with the Cole family to buy the house and land. If this was true, then the Coles in that area might have been somewhat squirrely about the whole affair. They may have always led folks on wild squirrel chases going back to the day of the ambush. At any rate, Clyde was sure not going to buy a farm from Ivy Methvin. I presume Otis Cole would have been the Cole to deal with if one was interested in buying that house/land.

Most books and articles have this being a big hideout for Clyde and Bonnie. They call it "The Methvin farm" which is just ridiculous. I think it is also ridiculous to call the abandoned John Cole house a big hideout for B&C. I doubt they ever slept in this house. I wouldn't be surprised if they never even set foot inside the house.

It was a hideout for Henry's parents Ivy and Avie Methvin. They were only at the John Cole house for nine days prior to the ambush. Bonnie and Clyde were on the move always, they were not lounging around some house. We know from the FBI Files that the original raid and deal was made in regard to Henry's brother Terrill Methvin's house. it was at Terrill's house that B&C slept some and had at least one meal. Both of Henry's brothers, Terrill and Cecil lived thirty miles to the south of Sailes near Castor. All of Henry's kin lived in that area around Castor, Hall Summit, Ashland , thirty miles south of the ambush and hideout.

It is known that when Henry was busted out of Eastham, that his parents were renting a place in Bossier City, Louisiana. They went down to stay at Cecil's house. Terrill lived nearby. This was the area that Bonnie and Clyde and Henry first came to in Louisiana after Eastham. Things got too hot in this area, so somebody had the idea for Ivy and Avie to move thirty miles north to the middle of Bienville Parish to this abandoned John Cole house, nine days prior to the ambush.

We are not even sure the Cole house hideout was their destination on that May 23 Wednesday morning. If B&C were going to the Cole house then they could have gone to the "hideout' by many different routes. How could the laws have known they would come down highway 154 from the north? As the map above shows, they could have come on a dirt road from Dubberly directly to Sailes.. Or south out of Arcadia to Bryceland to Sailes. Or any number of possible routes. Maybe the meeting was on the Sailes Road itself.

1939 aerial photograph showing some of the areas of interest...

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