John Sam Dillman

Grand Coulee before it was filled by the Banks Lake reservoir of The Grand Coulee Dam. View of Grand Coulee From the West Several Miles Below Steamboat Rock. Source: Washington State University Library, Digital Archives, Photo ID # 709b1v1p03. Photo by Clifford R Koester.

From recently discovered records Arlene describes how John Sam Dillman , and his wife, May, in the late 19th century, began proving up the 160 acres he would eventually file on, where the mouth of the Coulee met the mighty Columbia River. A variety of freshwater fish and too many deer were right out their cabin door. The railroad was coming. Their prospects were good. A new baby was also on the way – they were better than good. So, what led to a report that John Sam Dillman had shot and killed a man?