The Stalker 29:1 (2009) includes an article about a Montana cowboy who was hanged as a train robber in 1889. The cowboy had done time in the territorial prison for horse thievery prior to his death. As it happens, the only photo of this man in the possession of the family is a shot of him standing on the gallows awaiting his appointment with eternity! The article notes that a biographical sketch of the cowboy written by a relative managed to put a positive spin on his life and death:
“Remus Reid 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 government service, 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.”
Note: Periodicals mentioned in posts on this blog are part of the collection of the Midwest Genealogy Center in Independence, Missouri.