This seems to be about Civil War bad blood that played out years after the end of the conflict. That's some great work so far and gives me something to digest. I've developed a few more details on some of the Cummins I'm looking at, and their associates. How about "rebel bush-whackers" named Henry "Hank" Gandy, and William/Will Cummins/Cummings. Not sure they were from Missouri, but the phrasing in my source material suggests that possibility. As well as a background motive....i.e., implicated in ambush murder of one John Landis in Norton County, Kansas in 1878. Landis appears to maybe have been a Kansas Redleg ca. 1861-1862. Others implicated may have been: E.R. Worthington, Hamp/Hampton Cummings, Wyatt Langford, Leonard Fry, Dr. S.L. Green, and ____ Evans.
Trying to get a handle on these guys and what was really going on. These names ring a bell with anybody?