AFTER-DEATH SIGHTINGS OF SAM
The following article concerning Sam Hildebrand was published in the
Democrat-Register newspaper of Bonne Terre, St. Francois County, Missouri,
on June 23, 1905.
SAM HILDEBRAND SAID TO HAVE BEEN SEEN IN TEXAS.
VERNON, TEX., June 18 -- Sam Hilderbrand (sic), the aged and notorious outlaw who has been
evading officers of the law for forty years, is said to have called at a store near the
crossing of the Red river yesterday. He was recognized, but he disappeared before officers
could be notified.
Hilderbrand (sic) and his brother committed many robberies and other depredations in
Missouri, Arkansas and Texas in the 60's. Frank Hilderbrand was captured and hanged. Sam
avenged the death of his brother by murdering two of the men who were concerned in his
capture. At the heard of a band of outlaws he made his rendezvous in Indian Territory and
the wilds of Arkansas, and committed many bloody deeds.
It is claimed that the records show that he committed, single-handed, twenty-seven
murders. He disappeared in 1872, and it was supposed that he was dead until a few days ago
when he was discovered, it is said, living on a farm near Lawton, Okla. His identify was
clearly established, and a warrant sworn out for arrest. Before it could be served the old
man disappeared. A description was sent to all of the towns of this section, and this led
to his being recognized yesterday when he called at a store for provisions
---[Globe-Democrat, St. Louis, Missouri].
The following article concerning Sam Hildebrand was published in the Democrat-Register
newspaper of Bonne Terre, Missouri, on July 7, 1905.
IS HE DEAD?
The St. Louis papers are devoting a good deal of space as to whether Sam Hilderbrand (sic)
is dead or not and as to whether he is buried in St. Francois County. Mr. George
Helderbrand, formerly sheriff of Madison county, has this to say in regard to the same:
"Sam Helderbrand (sic) was not killed in Illinois, as reported years ago, and his
body is not buried in St. Francois county, Mo."
Old Man Boyer and Billy Townsend of Madison county, were intimate friends of his cousin
Sam and that about fifteen years ago Billy Townsend moved to Arkansas, and after he had
been there a few years Old Man Boyer received a letter from him saying "Our old
friend Preacher Morgan (the name by which Sam was known to his intimate friends) spent the
night with me. He is in good health and on his way to Texas." Continuing, Mr.
"The body buried in St. Francois county was never identified as that of Sam
Helderbrand. His son who was called to St. Francois county to identify the body, could not
do it. He said it looked like his father in some respects, and in others it did not, and
that was as far as the identification went.
"If Sam Helderbrand (sic) is dead," said George, "he has died in the last
twelve months, and I don't think he is dead." ---Fredericktown Dem-News.