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The manhunt with bloodhounds in Salem, Oregon, the day after Harry Tracy escaped from the Oregon State Penitentiary.


Harry Tracy

Historian Jim Dullenty said almost everything written about Harry Tracy is malarkey. A 1982 movie about Tracy billed him as the “Last of the Wild Bunch” and featured him as a train robber. Except for Tracy’s name, that movie is malarkey.

The 1895 Wisconsin census places him in Chittamo as a bachelor neighbor to his mother. In the late summer of 1895, he became an outlaw when he stole $2 from a fellow threshing crew member in Dakota territory.

Harry Severns "Harry Tracy" (copy)

Harry Severns, or Harry Tracy, is pictured in an Oregon State Penitentiary booking in 1901.

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