Boles, Charles E.
Born: 1820? AD
Died: 1917? AD.
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.
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