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April 07, 2011

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My mother was born in South Bend,IN in 1922 and moved to Montana in the early 40's. While doing newspaper research I found that she had been in Tombstone AZ in 1943, where she and her sister were arrested for kidnapping her sister's son from his adoptive parents in Goshen, IN and took the child to Tombstone! They were transported back to Goshen for the trial and I was able to get the court records. I also found out that her first husband had been arrested in Utah in 1940 for passing a bad check.

Of course, she had never told me about any of this before she died in 1966 - she hadn't even told me about her first husband and their children. I found out about that when visiting her grave!

Newspapers are amazing tools!

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