Hansen: 'Little chunk of history' comes alive in pages of family diary

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Posted: Sunday, November 24, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 2:43 pm, Fri May 9, 2014.

In a nowhere town east of Boise, 136 years ago this week, a Cornhusker cattleman named Alexander Rhoden took a bullet to the back.

Now, this itself isn't much of a story. Rhoden, the great-great-great-uncle of a Millard resident named Adam McGraw, sold and delivered cattle in the western United States circa 1877. I reckon it's not so shocking that he came home to Nebraska in a covered wagon to be buried with his boots on in a Cass County cemetery. There was a reason it wasn't called the Tame West.

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