The recently discovered history of Sam Dillman who with his wife began proving up the 160 acres, he would eventually get around to filing on, at the mouth of the Coulee where it 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 Sam Dillman had shot and killed a man?