Sunday, August 07, 2011

Belle Starr

Over at Humboldt Herald a few folks brought up the local women's clothing store, Belle Starr, in a rant about big box businesses.

The hottie to the left is the real Belle Starr. I wonder if they would have named their business after her if they knew what she really looked like?

In fairness to both Belle and the business, I'm sure this photo was taken in her older years so maybe she'd seen better days? Then again, she was shotgunned to death just two days before her 41st birthday so she wasn't all that old.


At 4:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah Fred, didn't you hear? All the progressives buy their underwear at Belle Star, even the men! They never buy underwear from K-Mart, Target or Costco. Gasp! To imagine a progressive even holding a Costco membership!

That conversation underscored progressive hypocrisy.

At 7:01 PM, Anonymous Ross Rowley said...

Great post, Fred!

At 9:13 PM, Anonymous brian said...

Don't you know? Costco is the "good" big box.....

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Costco is owned by an out-of-county entity, and that is the greatest evil in the minds of progressives. But they still shop at Costco and Target and K-Mart and while decrying Wal-Mart. But when Wal-Mart arrives, they'll avoid it, at most, for 8 months before shopping there, too. They all suckle at the teat eventually.

Progressives are kind of like evangelical Christians who vociferously stamp out porn shops and adult movie houses -- the more sexually repressed on the outside, the more perverse these people are on the inside. Same thing with progressives. They want to keep Wal-Mart out in order to keep one more temptation at bay so they don't feel so dirty as they shop at other chain stores.

At 12:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

$14/pair, and it lasts for 8-10 years.

8-10 YEARS????? YEARS? As in Y-E-A-R-S???????!??!!!!!

Who wants to wear their underwear for 8-10 years? Ugh.

Not to mention, that alone will put a store out of business. Who can wait 8-10 years between sales and make any money.

At 1:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Independently sold Canadian underwear is not imbued with magical properties. A regular pair from Target will last you 8 years, assuming your weight remains the same.

At 3:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Down with Fred removing posts!

At 4:11 PM, Blogger Fred said...

This blog isn't here for some to run whoever they don't like, assuming that's all they do. If you have something pertinent and on- topic, fine. Gratuitous insults will be removed.

At 4:13 PM, Blogger Fred said...

That was supposed to read " DOWN whoever they don't like".

At 4:28 PM, Anonymous skippy said...

"I am a friend to any brave and gallant outlaw."

Folks, don’t let your children grow up to be like Belle Starr.

Belle Starr, also known as the "Bandit Queen" and the subject of much speculation in innumerable stories and popular publications, was born Myra Maybelle (or Belle) Shirley in 1848.

The infamous Younger family and Jesse James, Missouri outlaws, used the Shirley home as a hideout in 1866. Belle Shirley's relationship with Cole Younger has accounts claiming her daughter Rosie Lee, often called Pearl Younger, was his child.

Belle married the desperado Jim Reed in 1866, at 18 years of age. For a while Belle and Jim Reed lived in Indian Territory at the home of outlaw Tom Starr, a Cherokee. They returned to Texas when Reed's murder charges caught up with him. Reed had become involved with the Younger, James, and Starr gangs, which killed and looted throughout Texas, Arkansas, and Indian Territory.

Accounts suggest that Belle operated a Dallas livery barn selling the horses Reed stole. Reed robbed the Austin-San Antonio stage in April 1874 and Belle Reed was named as an accessory in the indictment but evidence never surfaced she participated. Jim Reed was killed by a deputy sheriff at Paris, Texas, in August 1874; the story goes that Belle refused to identify his body in order to prevent the sheriff from claiming the reward.

In 1878, Belle Reed appears to have married Bruce Younger. If that relationship existed, it soured. Belle married Sam Starr in the Cherokee Nation on June 5, 1880, and coming into blossom of her full name, Belle Starr. Along with her new husband and the infamous Starr family notorious for their whiskey, cattle, and horse thefts, Belle learned organizing, planning and fencing for rustlers, horse thieves and bootleggers, as well as harboring them from the law. Belle's illegal enterprises proved lucrative enough for her to employ bribery to free her cohorts from the law whenever they were caught.

Belle harbored a strong sense of style, which would feed into her later legend. A crack shot, she used to ride sidesaddle while dressed in a black velvet riding habit and a plumed hat, carrying two pistols, with cartridge belts across her hips.

Belle and Sam Starr were later charged with horse stealing, a federal offense, and Belle received two six-month terms at the House of Correction in Detroit, Michigan. After this experience Belle Starr came to be known as the Bandit Queen.

In 1886 she was again charged with horse theft and robbing a post office while dressed as a man. Because of her legal skills, she was acquitted, but in the meantime her husband and an Indian policeman had shot each other to death. Belle Starr subsequently took several lovers, including Jim July (or Jim Starr), Blue Duck, Jack Spaniard, and Jim French. She survived all but two of the men she lived with. For the last two years of her life, gossips and scandal sheets linked her to a series of men with colorful names.

In 1889, while Starr was living in the Choctaw Nation, an unknown assassin killed her from an ambush with a shotgun with wounds to the back, neck, shoulder, and face. After she fell off her horse, she was shot again to make sure she was dead. There were no witnesses and no one was ever convicted of the murder. Suspects with apparent motive included her new husband and both of her children.

Belle's son Eddie was convicted of horse theft and receiving stolen property in 1889. Her daughter, a well known prostitute, later erected a headstone engraved with a bell, a star, and a horse, purchased with earnings she made in a brothel.

Yes, our dear Belle Starr, the Bandit Queen, left behind a blazing legacy of scandal, crime, and notoriety in her Wild West days.

“Shed not for her the bitter tear,
Nor give the heart to vain regret,
Tis but the casket that lies here,
The gem that filled it sparkles yet.”

At 10:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...



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