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WSU Vancouver historian explores Oregon pioneers’ legacy of violence

By , Columbian staff writer
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Loyd Montgomery was hanged for a triple murder in Brownsville, Ore.
Loyd Montgomery was hanged for a triple murder in Brownsville, Ore. (Contributed by Peter Boag) Photo Gallery

On Nov. 18, 1895, an impoverished farmer named John Montgomery slapped his 18-year-old son, Loyd, across the face and told him to get back to the chores left undone when Loyd had unexpectedly disappeared overnight to go hunting.

Loyd Montgomery exploded in rage. He retrieved that same hunting rifle and shot his father in the head.

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