PREVIOUSLY: “Do you know what happened to Christine Dalton?” Sarah asked.
“Yes, she died in 1875 of natural causes—she was 79 when she died.”
“What happened to them?” Chris asked.
“James and Lacy Dalton Shouse and their children moved to Great Bend, Kansas in 1882, where James opened a bank,” Cujo replied, “After learning that, I had to leave in time to bring the time-travelers back. This where we are going.”
“By ‘we,’ does that include me?” Sarah asked.
“It does, Jay and the girls are going on a father-daughter outing at my expense—er help, to learn about their Cooper heritage, with your blessing, Sarah. Chris needs your company on this quest.”
“So you don’t know what happened to Dalton James?”
“That will be your job—good luck!
Lakeview City Story—In Search Of—Episode 5… Chris and Sarah expected to be transported to 1882—but they found themselves entering 2015 Great Bend, Kansas, with Cujo in Sarah’s truck, “Wait—Cujo,” Chris exclaimed, “Why aren’t we in 1882?”
“Take a left at the next corner, Sarah,” Cujo instructed, “And you will see on your left the Barton County Courthouse. Find a parking spot—it is here you may find some answers for you, Chris.”
“And you will see on your left the Barton County Courthouse.”
As they entered the courthouse Cujo made herself invisible to all but Chris and Sarah—as for some strange reason the courthouse didn’t allow unleashed dogs on the premises. She directed her friends to the Archives Department in the basement of the building.
There they checked marriage records, and discovered that there was no marriage license recorded for Dalton James Shouse. Cujo suggest they check the 1900 and 1910 Census records (the 1890 Census records were mostly destroyed nationwide in a fire—while there were some records saved, there were none for this part of Kansas).
What they found in the 1900 Census, was Dalton James was living with his parents and working as a clerk in his father’s bank. In 1910 he was listed still living with his parents, and employed as the bank’s head accountant. He was still unmarried.
“What if he doesn’t get married?”
“You would’ve never been born, Chris,” Cujo replied, “So, perhaps he had an affair and a child out of wedlock—or more likely, he married after the census was taken, outside of the county so there would be no record of it here.
“What’s our next move?” Sarah asked.
“We go to 1910 Great Bend, Kansas.”
To be CONTINUED…