Friday, April 12, 2013

Ancestry.com

Judy Walkman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California ,
was doing some personal work on her own family tree. She discovered that
Senator 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 Senator Harry Reid for information about their
great-great uncle.


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 real Political Spin!!

14 comments:

Spider said...

Great post Alan. Is this factual? I once heard people refer to Reid as, "horse thief" Harry Reid. Could they have known about his ancestor?

Friday Fuck Face said...

Horse thief, Shit Munky, what's the big FUCKING DIFFERENCE?

Cowpill said...

Why can't Harry be on the same platform!

ReemAss said...

lol

Wicked Poots of the West said...

Way, way too fast CowPoo.
These things need to be done delicately.

Ghost of Harry Reems said...

DexterPoo likes it slow

Schteveo said...

Seriously, is THIS what we've come to? 5 year old jokes about Harry Reid and a silly 'spin meme'?

WTF folks?

The Ghost of Harry Creams said...

Cream in your coffee?

Anonymous said...

The original post was a 5 year old joke

SukMaAssFutherMuckker said...

A reemy weeny chili beany.

ya can pick yer friends, and you can pick your nose.
BUT
You can't pick your friends nose.

Unless you"re Harry Rheems.

Schteveo said...

...and you can't wipe your friends on the couch or curtains either!

Crusty Shirt Sleeves said...

How about your chin?

alan said...

I'll have to admit, I didn't know this was 5 years old....I just thought it was funny.... and it was Friday.

alan said...

I'll have to admit, I didn't know this was 5 years old....I just thought it was funny.... and it was Friday.