Sod Jerusalems is dedicated to the memory of "Mrs. Weiser," of the Beersheba, Kansas colony, who was the first Russian Jewish emigrant to die on the Kansas frontier.
"...there was one death, that of Mrs. Weiser, but she was sick when she left Cincinnati for the colony, and although advised at the time to stay behind, she would go. She now sleeps on a gentle slope of the prairie set apart by these people as a cemetery."
I am grateful to my wife, Trudy, for her support, patience, and the hours she spent working with me on Sod Jerusalems. I am also grateful to my mother, Mrs. Mable Harris, who along with my father, Lloyd Keener Harris, taught me as a boy to love Kansas and to appreciate its minorities.
Sod Jerusalems was a labor of love, but it was made even more enjoyable and meaningful due to the encouragement given me by my thesis committee, Dr. Norman L. Crockett, chairman; Dr. Arrell M. Gibson and Dr. Gary L. Thompson. They were an inspiration, and I shall always be grateful for their help, good humor and friendship, particularly to Dr. Crockett for the hours he spent working with me.