While ATV’ing with my boys and father near Marsing, we came across a gunshot-pocked stone marker on the side of the dirt road. The top of the marker is missing, which makes what remains quite cryptic:
“ ... of violence, March 2 1885 Grave 1/4 M. E. in draw.”
In a small draw just a few hundred yards away from the marker was a small pile of rocks that was undistinguished except for the rectangle that they formed. No headstone, no other markers. It was an interesting conversation to have explaining to my young boys that yes, under these rocks, lay a man whose name no one remembers.
In doing some Internet research, I found the name of the man buried under the rocks. I have emailed the Owyhee County Historical Society for more information and will post that information as soon as it comes in.
According to my father, a longtime Owyhee County resident, the placard used to read, “A violent man who died of violence.”