Unbearable Losses

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

While thumbing through the book Death on the Western Frontier: Kansas 1875-79, my eye was drawn to the story of a young homesteader’s wife. Mrs. Menzes’ husband had left the homestead for a short trip into the town of Bunker Hill, Kan., just a few miles away. The couple and their two children lived eight miles southeast of Russell. Their story was posted in the Russell County Record of Feb. 8, 1877.


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