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Another potential scalawag Meiners family member, the bird grifter

from the Courier-Journal in 1898

My son Simon does research for a living. He turned up the salacious 1884 info about Minnie Katzenberger and her father’s unlucky 1904 duel with a rival suitor.

Simon sent this intriguing story today.

“I found this April 1, 1898 C-J article about a โ€œC. Katzenbergerโ€ (not sure if heโ€™s family, but itโ€™s certainly possible). He was known for carrying around a much-coveted mockingbird that sang songs for people. Eventually he traded it to a grocer at Rubel & Breckinridge for a barrel of flour. He told the grocer exactly where to hang the cage. Then one day he returned, stole the bird, and traded it to a blacksmith for two sledgehammers. Cops arrested him for grand larceny. Gotta respect the grift, though!”

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