Burglars, Umbrellas & Punchbowls

A few new odds and ends: LOST AND FOUND September 1, 1914, Denver Post. This day the Lost and Found column had two curious items in a row. The first concerns a pearl pin, duck-shaped, with diamonds, lost at Tabor’s Grand Opera about 8:00 pm on Saturday night, and belonging to Lou’s old friend, Harry Tammen, co-publisher of the Post. The second… (more…)

The Widow Viles

We’ve long known that Joe’s only marriage to widow Carrie (Winsor) Viles didn’t last long. A new article from the Albuquerque Daily Citizen, by way of the Las Vegas Optic, colorfully describes just how short it was. UNLUCKY NUMBER Couple Were Married in Room Thirteen of a Hotel. The Pecos Valley Correspondent of the Las Vegas Optic says: Thirteen is a… (more…)

The Mark Inside on WILL

Sounds like Amy Reading will be doing another interview about The Mark Inside, this time in our old stomping ground, Urbana, on WILL-AM, the local NPR affiliate. Listen in on April 25th, or check it out afterward on the net. Amy says her recent interview on NPR’s Saturday Edition was much longer than what was broadcast, and discussion of Lou got… (more…)

Great New Photos

Amy Reading came up with a few photos for her book that are new to us. These two photos, for instance, of Blonger gang members Adolph Duff and George Belcher. “Kid Duffy” managed the big store for Lou; as a matter of fact, Lou tried to throw him under the bus at trial, claiming they mostly just shared an office.… (more…)

Amy Reading on NPR

Amy more than held her own with Scott Simon last Saturday. You can listen in here: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/24/149148112/the-big-con-if-you-cant-avoid-it-avenge-it True, she didn’t get around to Lou (it was only a seven minute segment), but we forgive her. Great job, Amy! We’ll have more to say on her book, The Mark Inside, soon.

The Mark Inside

Looks like Lou will be coming soon to an NPR station near you. Author Amy Reading will be on Weekend Edition with Scott Simon this coming Saturday, March 24th, to talk about her new book The Mark Inside (Random House Digital, Inc.). For what it’s worth, she will also be on a Denver noontime TV news show on Wednesday (don’t have… (more…)

Killer Kate Blonger Apprehended at Last!

Killed By a Woman Back in 2003, one of the very first items we found when we began searching the Internet was an article about a prostitute by the name of Kitty Blonger. On February 22, 1888, in the mining town of Peach Springs, AT, Kitty was arrested for the murder of blacksmith Charles Hill. It became clear early on… (more…)

Joe Finally Shows His Face

Well, new information has been scant in recent months, but yesterday Scott turned on the spigot. Several new items from genealogybank.com are now in the pipe, and one in particular that solves a longstanding mystery. But first, since we were just talking about him behind his back, let’s briefly get back to Little Big Joe Blonger. For what it’s worth,… (more…)

Grandpa Mike

For those of you who are unfamiliar with our website and version 1.0 of our blog, we’re starting out by taking a brief look at each of the Blonger brothers. In that spirit, let’s continue with great-great-grandpa Mike Belonger. Born in 1841, Mike was the only brother of six that never adopted the Blonger spelling. He was also the only… (more…)

Little Big Joe

Now let’s talk about Joe, the Quiet One, the Lone Prospector, Joe Straight-Tongue. Born in 1847, Joe was eight years Sam’s junior, and two years older than Lou. Joe enlisted in the 125th Michigan Infantry just shy of his fifteenth birthday. The 125th saw more than its share of action in the Civil War, including the siege of Atlanta, and… (more…)