From recently discovered records Arlene describes how Sam Dillman , and his wife, May, in the late 19th century, began proving up the 160 acres he eventually filed 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 – their outlook was better than good. Yet, word began to spread that Dillman had shot and killed a man.