Monday, August 31, 2009

And, now for the funnneeees! UPDATED: HOAX

I received this in email, and just had to share.

Sometimes, it all depends on how you look at things. ;)

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that Congressman Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:

Remus Reid

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, 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.'

So Judy recently e-mailed Congressman Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Harry Reid

Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"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."

That's how it's done, folks!


karlub said...

See? Even back then we were overly dependent on outsourcing important civic functions. Blackwater is just the new Pinkerton!

Kudos to Sen. Reid. That is, indeed, how it is done.

Anonymous said...

It's funny but it's not true, the whole thing is made up..urban legend.

Karen said...

I really should know better...sigh.

This is a hoax.

While I was running errands, a good friend of mine, who always has my back, by-the-way, sent me the link to which I have visited to verify many things.

I wuz had... :(

Time for a dayumitol pill.