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Boles, Charles E.

Born: 1820 AD
Died: 1917 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Thief

1820 – Born in New York state. American outlaw, stagecoach robber, and poet.

1849 – Charles Bolles and a cousin took part in the California Gold Rush.

1852 – His brother Robert joined them, but died in San Francisco.

1854 – Bolles then returned east and married Mary Elizabeth Johnson.

1860 – They had made their home in Decatur, Illinois.

1862 – He decided to go to war.

         – Enlisted at Decatur as a private in Company B, 116th Illinois Regiment.

1865 – On 7th of June, he was discharged at Washington, D. C. and returned home to Illinois.

         – Received brevet (honorary) commissions as both 2nd Lieutenant and 1st Lieutenant.

1867 – He was prospecting again in Idaho and Montana.

1871 – In his letter to his wife he mentioned an unpleasant incident with some Wells, Fargo & Company employees.

1875 – Robbed numerous Wells Fargo stagecoaches across northern California.

         – California hooded robber believed to have held up some 28 stagecoaches.

1883 – During his last robbery, he was shot and forced to flee the scene.

         – Convicted and sentenced to six years in San Quentin Prison.

1888 – His term was shortened to four years for good behavior and was released in January.

         – He disappeared without a trace shortly after his release from prison.