August 6, 2019
To begin, Hall was not the first landowner; it was a Mr. Tupper of Chicago, reportedly a Mafia figure seeking to elude the FBI. If this is true, he was successful, and, along with a ranch, he also managed to find a much younger bride, a local schoolteacher.
Even today, standing on a wind-whipped hill in the midst of a summer day, one feels lonely out there – imagine a winter night! – and it's an unlikely place for a woman alone.
Therefore, in 1938 the widow Tupper sold the ranch, and Charles Henry Hall of Curtis, Nebraska, enters the story. Reportedly his family had been well-to-do, bu...