I'm just gonna set this here and let you ponder

After doing some really deep google-clicking this morning…I stumbled upon this.  

This guy…named Rene Auguste Chouteau (you know…just like STL’s FOUNDER)  alive and kicking it federal judge-style in California.

Looks a helluva just like the half-brother of the original Rene Auguste Chouteau, who is decidedly NOT alive & kicking it:

Theories?