The Sole Survivor Henry Brown’s widow made a success of herself after his death.

alice m brown grave with flowers true west magazine

Henry Brown is known as a pal of Billy the Kid, marshal of Caldwell, KS, and a robber
killed by a lynch mob in 1884. He wrote a last letter to his wife Alice, saying he’d gone
rogue to get money for her.

Alice was humiliated and left Kansas. For 25 years, she supervised a hospital in
Frankfort, IN, before spending another five overseeing a park in that town. She was
buried there in 1935. Her obituary that she had been married “to H.N. Brown, who died
many years ago.”

Mark Boardman is the features editor at True West and editor of The Tombstone Epitaph.

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