Stuff do happen.. I am reminded of my great-uncle Charlie, homesteading on the Smoky Hill River in Gove County,KS in the 1880s.. got his thumb caught in a bight roping a steer..( family lore sez it was a buffalo but I dunno, stories do get better over time).. ripped that sucker right off...apparently the bleeding was not too bad.. he retreived the thumb, licked it clean, got back on his horse and rode 108 miles to the nearest doctor in Hays City where he was advised the deteriorated condition of the thumb made re-implantation impossible..
Charlie lasted another 60+ years on that homestead.. accumulated 1280 acres by outlasting contemporary homesteaders... living in the original dugout dug into the west bank of a box canyon corral, until moving into the abandoned one room "fencepost lime" school house on his property ..refused to evacuate when the area was used as an aerial gunnery range during WWII.. collected hundreds of pounds of brass in the rockfront barn on opposite side of the corral... they found his body in the school house in the spring of 1945 after he failed to pick up his mail at the Elkader post office/general store for several weeks.
I visited the homestead in 1955. the dugout was till intact..found a trunk inside containing, among other things, unworn silk shirts wrapped in tissue paper sent out by his sisters in NW Missouri in the 1880s... I reckon Charlie did not have much call for silk shirts in western Kansas in those days.. one withered little peach tree was still producing a few withered little peaches..
His brother, John, my paternal grandfather, also "proved up" on an adjoining Kansas homestead at the same time.. (John did not wear silk shirts either) Charlie stayed in Kansas, my grandfather came to Oklahoma in 1902 and homesteaded again on the Kiowa-Comanche reservation when it was opened to homesteading; the final of 11 homestead acts in Oklahoma, the first being the famous 1889 run into the Cherokee Strip in northern Oklahoma...I was born and raised on that farm..as were my father and his twelve siblings..
I was recently berated for littering the non-T&F forum.. this is today's fearless litter.