Being of ill health some claim he had tuberculosis and still having some political clout many residents petitioned the Governor to stay his sentence , Plummer was released from jail on August 16, 1859. Notably, Henry Plummer, the sheriff of Bannack, who was suspected by many of being the ringleader of the road agents. Dimsdale date unknown The men were hanged the next day, January 10, 1864, although reports conflict as to whether Plummer admitted his crimes or maintained his innocence. Plummer had gotten his bride safely back to Bannack, and they had also made it through their first week of married life. While they were enjoying their new command, the Flatheads saw the advance party of the Vails drawing near the gate and quickly relinquished power. This lasted only until he had enough to follow his thirst for adventure and run off to the gold fields.
First, he lost his bid to win a seat on the California legislature. Then he was convicted of second-degree murder for killing an unarmed man in the line of duty. So, in May of 1863 Plummer was elected sheriff of Bannack, Montana. The diary of an early miner, John Grannis, makes clear the endless days residents spent in tracking down strayed livestock, and as sheriff, Plummer was expected to join in the search. Cowboys and Cattlemen: A Roundup from Montana:The Magazine of Western History. Historians, especially of Montana and of frontier crime and vigilantism, have long proclaimed the need for a biography of Henry Plummer, the notorious western lawman and alleged outlaw. There were usually about ten men to every woman at these balls so the women danced every dance.
The vigilante justice would continue until February when it died out. Francis Thompson gives a fair account of events taking place at the farm on his return. Many suspected him of being a gang member, and he and four other were arrested by the vigilantes. Edited by his son Lew Callaway Jr. Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.
Among those who were members include Wilbur Sanders 1st U. After more than 100 people were robbed or murdered, the settlers organized a vigilance committee of nearly 2,000 members in December 1863. Investigations: None Extra Notes: This case originally ran on the May 2, 1990 episode. University of Oklahoma Press: Norman, 2004. Quite possibly she did not enter into the social life of the community.
On one such occasion, the Vails were visited by an Indian and his wife, who reported they were searching for a second wife who had run away with another man. Passengers had to furnish their own provisions and do their own cooking. No matter what may be the proof, if the criminal is well liked in the community 'Not Guilty' is almost certain to be the verdict, despite the efforts of the judge and prosecutor. Montana: A History of Two Centuries. To make up for its many shortcomings, the cabin interior was usually decorated as cheerfully as possible: bare log walls covered with fabric, white muslin curtains hung at a single window, and bright calico prints tacked to crude shelves to convert them into cupboards. While his reputation was tarnished, many believed Henry Plummer to be a trustworthy man of the law. .
After working on the formation of Montana Territory for the committee, he was formally appointed as the first Chief Justice of Montana Territory. This was an enormous disappointment to his family and probably an embarrassment to Henry. His horse wisely swam back to the other side. As robberies continued and increased many in the communities began to suspect the attacks were planned and coordinated. By the middle of 1865, many prominent vigilantes of Alder Gulch, including Wilbur Sanders, John X. Meanwhile, Brown's appendix three cites thirty victims of vigilantism in Montana from 1863 to 1865, while my examination of the Virginia City, Montana Post raises that number to at least thirty-five. When Thompson reached the crossing, the Sun River was high with runoff from the mountains and unsafe for fording.
When the territory was formed, three judicial districts were established. Louis, abandoning disgruntled passengers to a two-hundred-mile hike to reach their destination. Cowboys and Cattlemen: A Roundup from Montana:The Magazine of Western History. She soon learned that her husband's duties occupied nearly all of his time, but at first there was enough work setting up housekeeping to keep her busy also. Not yet dead, Cleveland was taken to the home of a butcher named Hank Crawford, two doors down from the. The notorious Montana Vigilantes hanged Sheriff Henry Plummer in the mining town of Bannack on January 10, 1864, either because he secretly led a gang of road agents or for largely political reasons, depending on whose history one reads.
Another powerful incentive to wrong-doing is the absolute nullity of the in such cases. I've always been your friend, but from this time on, I'm your enemy. Malone, Michael Peter; Roeder, Richard B. Early on a bitterly cold Sunday morning, January 10, 1864, the vigilantes arrested Plummer and two of his lieutenants. He had a choice of either killing her or cutting off her ears and nose and letting her live.
Dillon's Montana Vigilantes 1863—1870 Gold, Guns and Gallows 2013 concludes that given the lawless environment and criminal activity in Alder Gulch and Helena at the time, the lack of any functioning justice system and the understanding of at the time, the vigilantes acted in a way they thought was best for their communities. So, a vigilante committee of citizens was formed to investigate the matter. Rumors that Plummer, though courteous and patient at work, was irritable at home may hold some credibility. In September 1862, framed frontiersmen brothers Granville and James Stuart met Plummer on the trail. He expected, and eventually demanded, that others share the opinion he held of himself. Plummer's friend, Billy Mayfield, killed Sheriff John Blackburn of Carson City.
But he would not allow Crawford to damage his reputation by spreading rumors about his personal life -- not while he was engaged to Electa. However, Plummer received yet another reprieve when he was acquitted based on witness testimony that Cleveland had threatened him. To say that the lawlessness in the region increased in the area is an understatement. There is further evidence to believe this was the case. Fearing he might feel left out, Father Minatre invited Thompson to act as bridesmaid and he accepted. Moving On to Montana Paris Pfouts, Vigilante President Gold had recently been discovered in Washington Territory so Plummer headed there, and soon found himself in another gunfight that resulted in a killing. It is not known at what point on Electa's journey Plummer finally left her and turned back, but wherever and whenever, it was the last time they were to see each other.