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In the meantime, his wife had disappeared and reporters speculated that he had intended to join her in the East. Clarke died four months later, on April 16, 1880. " 11 It also stated that he was "now charged with murder," referring to the reopening of a case that had been abandoned ten years earlier. It concerned squatters who had been evicted from land owned by H. K. W. Clarke. When one of them returned for his possessions, Frederick shot and killed him. Legal maneuvers at the time delayed proceedings, witnesses left the area, and the case did not come to trial.

Schultz resigned within a month because of ill health, and Hermione Ball Day carried on as editor until she sold the magazine four years later. Hermione Ball was born on July 18, 1826, in Buffalo, New York. Little is known about her early life. At the time of her marriage to Fidelio D. Parke in 1842, she was living with her older brother in Erie, Pennsylvania. Her daughter, Clara, was born in Buffalo about 1850, and they moved to California within the next year or two. 14 She became the proprietor of Brannan House in San Francisco and in 1855 married Franklin Henry Day, a bookkeeper from her hometown of Buffalo, who worked on the opposite corner of the intersection from the Brannan House.

Until recently few historians did. They told the story of the frontier in terms of its exploration and conquest by men. Women received mention in passing or not at all. If historians recognized women, they tended to depict them in stereotypes; the heroines of a work published in 1958 Page 7 resemble those of one dating from 1876. 11 The frontier woman, in these versions, came West only to found a new home. She dreamed of a log cabin where she could guard the health and life of her household. She provided the cohesive force that held society together.

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