Bob Loomis, descendant of Loomis Gang member Amos Plumb Loomis, is set to share history of one of the Mohawk Valley’s most notorious families, on Saturday, May 4th at 1 pm, at the Oneida County History Center.
Amos and his five brothers were part of the Loomis Gang from the 1840s to the 1870s, specializing in horse theft and livestock rustling, they also dealt in stolen goods, engaged in burglaries, and counterfeiting, arson and other harassment of their enemies. The Loomis family was the nucleus of a gang composed of youths from their area, as well as criminal elements from elsewhere and were able to buy protection from local authorities.
Bob Loomis is a retired principal of Hughes Elementary School and lives in New Hartford with his wife Bonnie. He began researching his family’s history after his retirement in the late 1990s and since has given multiple talks on the subject throughout the area. In his spare time he enjoys summering, as much as possible, along the St. Lawrence River.
The Oneida County History Center is located at 1608 Genesee Street, Utica. For more information, contact the center at (315) 735-3642 or visit the OCHC website .