The latest segment on my Virtual Hike was a pretty short segment. However, it is a place that I want to visit in person someday, so wanted to share why.
I have been to Hays, Kansas many times, but never to the cemetery where my Great, Great Grandfather Lorenzo Dow Cochran is buried. I knew that he died in Hays, and even visited the library there and found a newspaper article about his death. Unfortunately, I am not sure where I have it tucked away.
L.D. was working the wheat harvest while his pregnant wife and eleven children were living with relatives back in Missouri. According to the newspaper article he died of heat exhaustion on July 11, 1901 while working in the field.
There is a family story that he was murdered instead of dying of heat exhaustion, but I have heard several versions of the story and the newspaper article is pretty clear in the details.
The picture of the grave stone was taken in 1929 by a family member who was traveling through Kansas on their way back from the funeral of Leah Elizabeth Ramsey Cochran Garner who was the wife of L.D. Cochran. She died on June 3, 1929 in Goodland, Kansas and is buried in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have visited her grave and someday will share pictures.
Now on to the next stop. It is another place that is in the middle of nowhere but has geographical significance.