DEEP RIVER— Town native and author Henry Stocek Jr. will hold two events this weekend on his recently published book, :”The Days Of XYZ: Queen Of The Valley”, that tells the story of an 1899 bank robbery in Deep River and the mystery of an unidentified robbery suspect who was killed in the incident and named XYZ by local residents.
Stocek is a former resident and retired teacher who has been living in northern Vermont for the past decade. The book is published by Dog Ear Publishing. The book depicts life in Deep River in 1899, and tells the story of the robbery of Deep River Savings Bank that year where one suspect was shot and killed by a bank guard and later buried at the historic Fountain Hill Cemetery under the name Mr. XYZ.
Stocek will give a talk on the book and the XYZ story on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Deep River Historical Society’s Carriage House, 245 Main St. On Saturday, Stocek will be doing a book signing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the lawn of Citizens Bank on Main St. Saturday is the town’s Family Day celebration that ends with evening fireworks at Plattwood Park off Route 80.