I appreciate the attitude of the article above. Sometimes it concerns me when people try to make Earl Durand into some kind of Robin Hood hero, because he shared game meat with the needy at times.
My uncle, Francis Cozzens, tells about a time Earl Durand visited our Uncle Paul Cozzens at his Beartooth Sheep camp. Paul fed him dinner, and when he left to check the sheep, Durand robbed his camp, taking all his food supply and stealing Francis and his brother's chaps that were at the camp. That was how he repaid the hospitality of a sheepman. I have a photo of Durand's headstone from the Powell cementary, and I have added the caption to my copy: "Not A Hero".
Lynette Hawkins Kelley
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