Wednesday, March 18, 2015
I have a degree in history. That alone seems to be the reason I am the historian/genealogist for my family. However, they assume I know how to ferret out hard to find historical information and anecdotal nuggets. If time and finances allow, I want to immerse myself in genealogy this summer.
I want to prove or disprove the family stories I have heard at every gathering. The tale I am most curious about is a family tragedy. In a small town in Kansas in the 1920's two sisters took a walk; if I am correct, they were my great-great-aunts. One was nursing a broken heart over a broken relationship. However, the man she had broken up with tracked the sisters down as they strolled across a local picturesque bridge and shot both sisters, then himself. The disturbed man died on the scene as did the younger sister. The older, and the estranged lady friend of the shooter, lingered but died in the hospital 1-2 days later. Despite my efforts I cannot find any newspaper clippings, obituaries, death records, anything to lend credence to the story. Is it just a story? What parts are true and which have been inflated with time and retelling?
*** Sorry for the dark tone of this post, just where my mind is tonight.