Subject: family stories - This appeared on the Dorset dist-gen - thought you
might get a chuckle out it!
An amateur genealogical researcher discovered that his great
uncle, Remus Starr, a fellow lacking in character, was hanged for
horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. The only
known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows.
On the back of the picture is this inscription:
"Remus Starr, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial
Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer
six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and
hanged in 1889."
In a Family History subsequently written by his descendant,
Remus's picture is cropped, scanned in as an enlarged image,
and edited with image processing software so that all that is
seen is a head shot.
The accompanying biographical sketch is as follows:
"Remus Starr was a famous cowboy in the Montana
Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition
of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with
the Montana railroad. Beginning in 1883, he devoted
several years of his life to service at a government facility,
finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.
In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by
the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. In 1889, Remus
passed away during an important civic function held in his
honor when the platform upon which he was standing