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Colusa Cemetery is located 1 mile north and a half-mile east of the Channel 13 TV Station in the northeast part of the county. Just south of there, at one time, was the small unincorporated town of Colusa consisting of a sod community building, general store, school and possibly a blacksmith shop. The Colusa Community 1885 to 1900 included settlers who lived in Haskell, Gray and Finney Counties.
A cemetery association was formed in 1910. Its first and only president was Dale Moore on whose homestead the cemetery was located. Mrs. John F. Josserand served as secretary. From their written records and the memory of their sons, Warren Moore and Guy D. Josserand, a complete list of names of persons buried there was compiled. In prior years Colusa 4-H and EHU clubs maintained this little cemetery and cement markers were made for graves without stones. Now, a part of the Haskell County Cemetery District, it is cared for by that agency. The location is marked by a lone tree, and 58 graves are marked. A few graves have been moved to Garden City and to Copeland, and records show some of the interments were moved from a homestead. Four Civil War veterans are buried at Colusa Cemetery. The earliest grave is that of Virgil G. Summers who died of typhoid fever in 1888 at the age of 26. The last service held there was for Dale Moore who died in 1949.
A little-know story is associated with the grave of Ruth Masterson, who died about 1890. She was the paramour of one of Bat Masterson's four brothers, then of Dodge City. When it was learned that she was to have a child she was brought by him to the Colusa area where she made her home in a dugout while she awaited the birth of her child. Unfortunately she died in childbirth, and the baby was also lost.
~ Used by Permission. McClure, Janice Lee. Haskell County, Kansas 1887-1987: A Historical Anthology. Newton, KS: Mennonite Press, 1988.