Rankin's Barn Burner In Broadus

Series: Red Shale Reflections | Story 14

December 16, 2021

Wellington Rankin, Montana Attorney General in 1921, is pictured above. Rankin gave a fiery speech in Broadus on the subject of cattle rustling. (Public domain photo)

My previous column described the violent back-and-forth between stock inspectors and a gang of livestock rustlers in southeast Montana. Much of the excitement was instigated by stock detective Billy Richardson or "Poker" Jim Roberts, suspected ri...

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