On the morning of Dec. 7, 1904, Stephen A.D. Puter had just arrived at the office of U.S. Marshal Jack Matthews. He was expecting some friends to come by … and bail him out of jail.


Prison bars, violin

Convicted land-fraud scammer Stephen A.D. Puter in his prison cell, working on the manuscript for his tell-all book following his conviction.

A line of “dummy entrymen” queuing up at the Vancouver land office

A line of “dummy entrymen” queuing up at the Vancouver land office to apply for timberland claims.

bogus homestead

Stephen A.D. Puter cooks flapjacks over a campfire on one of the bogus homesteads he filed in Tillamook County with the help of “dummy entrymen.” Behind him can be seen a tiny, unlivable cabin which he built to fool investigators.


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