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  • Robert Boynton
    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
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      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
      collapsed."

      Rob
      Calgary


      http://www.afhs.ab.ca
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