No matter what side of the AISLE you’re on, THIS is FUNNY. It all depends on how you look at some things….

No matter what side of the AISLE you’re on, THIS is FUNNY. It  all depends on how you look at some 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:

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 Ried 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.”

NOW THAT’s how it’s done, Folks!


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