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Letter to the Editor: The Donners weren’t the only family stranded

I have a question about the Donner Party information – 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 mother’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 aren’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

Honolulu