HISTORIC PIC - In the early morning hours of May 19, 1909, at approximately 1:45 a.m. citizens of Cairo were awoken to the sound of a loud explosion. Burglars were blowing open the safe of the Cairo State Bank with nitroglycerine. Entrance to the bank was made through the front door and the telephone wires cut. The robbers made off with over $6300 in cash. Three men, Phil Hess, Bert Axtell, and Claud Perkins, were arrested for the robbery.