It’s a story right out of an old Western movie. A stolen horse, a chase, a shootout and a death. The story fairly leaps off the crisp, folded pages of the coroner’s inquest, stored for nearly 100 years in a narrow metal box in the depths of the District Court vault.

But the story would not have come to light again if Clem Lemieux hadn’t torn down a storage shed on May 5. The shed was attached to a garage on his property on Division Street on the south side of U.S. 2. When he removed a corner post, he discovered the cornerstone it was standing on was actually a gravestone.

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