Letter to the Editor: The Donners werenand#8217;t the only family stranded
I have a question about the Donner Party information and#8212; why does it only involve the Donner family when others crossed with them? There was a family, my ancestors, who traveled with them called the Dunbars. Nowhere at the site is there any record of any other families who were with them. They were my motherand#8217;s relatives and family history that my uncles researched showed that they were in the same party coming to CA to start a new life.
It seems only the Donners matter, and they are the only ones on the monument. Is it due to them paying for it, or is it just a coincidence that the Donners have anniversary parties there and other families arenand#8217;t included? Maybe researchers should check records and get the whole story out. Also, as a child, I heard about the cannibalism which occurred on the dead bodies so the living could survive.
My family history is very important to me, and I believe what has been told to me from my aunts and uncles as I grew up. Now, the only family left are cousins, who had the same story told to them.
Beverly A. Blaswich