Hallmark of a lawman

By "The Cowboy" Jim Gray

By the early 1880’s the good folks of Kansas were experiencing a transition that created degrees of consent and conflict that converged on one another as the emerging culture refined its evolution. In other words, the Kansas state motto, “To the Stars with Difficulty” was an active accomplice in the realization of a modern society.

The frontier towns of Kansas had all passed through the fire of progress; each finding its own way to a semblance of order. Finding the right balance of community leaders was crucial. A common element that led each town to a more perfect social order was recognizing and employing the right man to fill the position of city marshal.

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