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Crook County Wyoming
Obituaries and Death Notices

The six year old daughter of Mr and Mrs Joe Arnold of the Cabin Creek section died of scarlet fever in Moorcroft a few days ago.  (Sundance Times, Sundance Wyoming, March 17, 1920) 


Three Fatalities Occur at Sundance in a Few Hours
SUNDANCE, Wyo., Juno 27.— A trio of fatal accidents have occurred In this vicinity within a few hours of each other.
Louis Schneider, aged 79 years, who for 45 years had been a prospector on Sand creek, was found dead near his cabin, shot through the heart. The coroner's jury brought in a verdict of suicide. No motive for the act is given.  Ralph McHenry of Sundance is dying with a broken back, sustained when a car driven by Pete Christensen, and in which he was riding, turned over three times as it skidded on the slippery road from Spearfish. The lights failed and the driver was enable to control the car., Christensen was un-hurt. McHenry, age 38, has a wife and family.  Walter Atkinson, thirteen years old, of New Haven, Conn., was dragged to death by a horse. His father witnessed the accident, but was powerless to aid the child. The boy had dismounted at a gate and before he was free from the saddle the horse dashed away, dragging him 50 yards, when it finally kicked him loose. [27 June 1921; "Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader" - BZ - Sub by FoFG]

Claude E. 'Joe' Baumberger
GILLETTE - Mass of Christian Burial for Sundance resident Claude "Joe" Baumberger, 66, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Gillette by Fr. Thomas Kadera. Burial will follow in Gillette-Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 7 p.m., in Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Gillette.  He died Dec. 7, 2002, at his home, of cancer.   Born April 13, 1936, in Rapid City, S.D., he was the son of Claude and Marie (Relf) Baumberger.  In 1954, he married Bess Cooper. They were the parents of two children, Billy and Keela. His wife preceded him in death in December 1987.   He worked in the construction trade in Rapid City until 1958, when he moved the family to Gillette and started his own construction company. In 1976, he went to work for AMAX Coal Co. as a laborer; and was promoted to a maintenance supervisor in 1980.   Until his retirement in April 2000, he also worked for Cypress and R.A.G. Coal companies. He then moved to Sundance.  On July 5, 1996, he married Carroll Baker in Buffalo.  Survivors include his wife of Sundance; son, Billy Baumberger, and his wife, and daughter, Keela Eddy, both of Gillette; four grandsons; two great-grandsons; two stepchildren, Victor and Valerie Brownell; five step-grandchildren; parents of Black Hawk, S.D.; two sisters, Betty Gilland of Piedmont, S.D., and Lola Goodale of Chesterfield, S.C.;and brother, Bob Baumberger, and his wife of Rapid City.  In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by a step-granddaughter.  Memorials, to be designated at a later date, may be sent in care of Stevenson-Wilson Funeral Home, 210 W. Fifth St., Gillette 82716. {Star-Tribune (Casper, WY) - Thursday, December 12, 2002}

Mrs. Ed Deford
Mrs. Ed Deford of Hulett, Crook County, was killed by lightning a few days ago while getting through a wire fence.  (Newcastle News-Journal, Newcastle Wyoming, July 28, 1905)

Mert Goes
SUNDANCE, Wyo., Oct. 3. – Mert Goes, a ranch hand employed on the Paul Grimes ranch, 15 miles from Alzada, is dead from a bullet wound inflicted by his employer, while Grimes is in jail at Belle Fourch, S. D., charged with his murder. Grimes admits the shooting, but claims he fired when Goes threatened to hit him with an axe. Following the shooting, Grimes is said to have gone to Alzada and telephoned for a doctor to attend his victim. He then went to Belle Fourch on business, not realizing that the wound would prove fatal, it is said. Goes died soon after Grimes left and the arrest of the man was accordingly ordered.
[Wyoming State Tribune – Cheyenne State Leader (3 Oct. 1921) -MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Myron Wilton Goodson, 83, of Sundance, died April 20 at Rapid City Regional Hospital.  He was born Jan. 20, 1916, at Geyser Creek Ranger Station west of Dubois.   Mr. Goodson was raised in Crook County, attended Spearfish, S.D., High School and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder.  He married Marjorie Watson Oct. 18, 1941, in Cheyenne.   He ranched on the Longview Ranch near Sundance until he was hired as chief of water development for the Department of Natural Resources by former Wyoming Gov. Cliff Hansen. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, the Elks and a life member of the Farm Bureau. He served on the board of directors for the Wyoming Association of Soil Conservation Districts, the Wyoming Natural Resources Board, the State Board of Agriculture and the Wyoming Water Development Commission. He also served on the board of directors for Crook County Schools.   He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; a daughter, Peny Wilberta Goodson Kjome; a son, Ralph Goodson; and numerous grandchildren.   Services were held April 24 at Sundance Methodist Church, with interment following at Mount Moriah Cemetery in Sundance.
Friends may contribute to the Crook County Friends of the Library or the Sundance Senior Center. Arrangements were under the direction of Fidler-Roberts Funeral Chapel of Sundance.  {Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY) - Friday, June 25, 1999}

Silas Lincoln
In the passing of Silas Lincoln, whose remains were buried at Belle Fourche last week, the Black Hills country loses a substantial valued pioneer citizen.  (Sundance Times, Sundance Wyoming, April 14, 1920) 

John E. Lindsey
John E. Lindsey, 86, of Cheyenne, died Sept. 18 in Cheyenne.He was born to Jessie (McLaren) and Walter Lindsey in Wellington, Kan., Aug. 31, 1912. When he was 13, his father died, and Lindsey moved to Worland, where he lived with an aunt, Winnifred Johnson, and her husband, William. There he learned the printing and newspaper trade.He graduated from Washakie County High School in Worland in 1931. He attended linotype school and then worked for the Worland Grit, now the Northern Wyoming Daily News.In 1938 he move to Sundance as co-publisher of the Sundance Times in partnership with his cousin, Velma Hedden Butterfield. He was married to Charlotte Jensen Bodey on Aug. 16, 1945, in Spearfish, S.D., and in December of that year, the couple became full owners of the Sundance newspaper. By the time the Sundance Times was sold, in 1978, Lindsey had spent 44 years in Wyoming newspapers.Linsey was active in community affairs, had served on the Sundance city council and was Past Master of the Masonic Lodge, AF&AM #9 of Sundance. He was also a life member of the Wyoming Press Association.Following the sale of the newspaper, the Lindseys continued to live in Sundance for several years until they move to Spearfish, and later Torrington. In the fall of 1997, they moved to Pointe Frontier in Cheyenne.Lindsey is survived by his wife, Charlotte of Cheyenne; a son, Michael of Cheyenne; a sister, Crace Thompson of Ventura, Calif., two grandchildren; and 14 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters; and his first wife, Bonita Hedden of Sikiston, Mo. Cremation was held at Schrader Funeral Home in Cheyenne.  Those who wish may send donations to the Masonic Lodge #9, Sundance, Wyo., 82729, or Charlotte Lindsey, 1406 Prairie Ave. #314, Cheyenne, 82009. {Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY) - Sunday, September 20, 1998}

Charlotte Ellen Morgan
Charlotte Ellen Corkwell, daughter of Henry and Sarah Corkwell, was born at Williamsport, Ohio, April 27, 1871. She joined the Methodist church of Williamsport at the age of 11 and lived a true christian thoughout her entire life. She was united in marriage to Lorenzo W. Morgan April 15, 1912 at Hot Springs, SD. They established their home on his homestead on Miller creek, 15 miles north of this city. After 8 years they moved to their present home on Ravels creek, 12 miles southwest of Moorcroft. She passed away at 12:30 pm Friday, death being due to complications following influenza.
She was a true and loving wife and helpmate. She leaves to mourn her husband, two brothers, Elliott of London, Ohio and Arthur of Columbus, Ohio; one sister, Mrs. Nina Calwell of Chillicothe, Ohio, numerous other relatives and a ___ of friends. Services were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday and burial made in the Moorcroft cemetery. [Moorcroft Leader; Moorcroft, Crook County, WY;
Friday March 13, 1931]

Lawrence T. "Larry" Price, 66, of Newcastle died June 11 at Crook County Memorial Hospital in Sundance.  He was born March 31, 1933, at Newcastle, the son of William T. and Ora M. (Larson) Price. He graduated from Newcastle High School in 1952, and attended the University of Wyoming for two years before joining the U.S. Marines for one year. He transferred to the U.S. Army in October 1953, serving during the Korean Conflict with the 82 Airborne Division, and receiving his discharge in March 1956.  He continued his education at Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa, and the Indiana Institute of Technology, Fort Wayne, receiving a bachelor's of science in civil engineering in 1959. He worked full-time during college to support his family and pay tuition.  His professional experience included working for Plains Pipeline Co. (1949-1954 and 1956-1957), Fletcher-Robinson Co. (1959-1964), Tri-State Co. (1964-1972), and Hoskins-Western-Sonderegger -- Plains Engineering Div. (1972-1985).   Mr. Price was city engineer in Hot Springs, S.D. (1967-1964) and in Newcastle from 1985 until his retirement July 1988. He was a member of the America Consulting Engineers Council, Wyoming Association of consulting Engineers & Surveyor, Wyoing Engineering Society, Wyoming Farm Bureau, Wyoming Association of Municipalities, the Newcastle Jaycees, Newcastle Tree Board, and the City Planning Board. His final project before retirement was Centennial Park.  He was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where he was an elder, and a member of AARP.   Mr. Price is survived by his wife, Linda of Newcastle; a son, Lawrence W. Price of Kaysville, Utah; a step-son, Ryan L. Salyer of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters, Lori Born of Lead, S.D., and Caroline Scoutt of Newcastle; a step-daughter, Karla Condos of Evanston; three sisters, Laura Willard of Rapid City, S.D., Day Abbott of Sheridan, and Luella Crittenden of Tioga, La.; 14 grandchildren; an uncle, Willis Larson; an aunt Daisy McInernary; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Louise M. Lintt.   There will be a gathering of friends and family from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at Worden Chapel.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, at the First United Methodist Church in Newcastle. Merlin O'Haver and Pat Reilly of the RLDS Church will co-officiate. Interment will follow at the Newcastle Greenwood Cemetery.   Memorial contributions may be made to the Centennial Park Project, in the care of Linda Price, PO 205, Newcastle, WY82701.   Arrangements are under the direction of Worden Funeral Directors of Newcastle is in charge of arrangements.{Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY) - Sunday, June 27, 1999}

Henry Reinecke and Clara Lottie Kokesh Reinecke
The double funeral was conducted at 3 o'clock last Sunday afternoon, Rev B M Brown of the Congregational Church of Spearfish conducting the services, and the remains of Henry Reinecke and wife were interred side by side in one grave at the Beulah Cemetery.  Henry Reinecke was born to Mr and Mrs Herman H Reinecke in Germany on November 18, 1975, and with his parents came to the United States in 1883, remaining in Chicago for a time and coming to Beulah in 1890, where he resided to the time of his death; was married to Mabel Clair Mathews, daughter of Mr and Mrs Wm H Mathews of Beulah, on June 6, 1900, and to this union were born two duaghters, Myrtle Irene, age 18, and Vera, age 17; one son, Emerald Henry, age 16, all of whom survive, but the mother of these three children suffered a long illness from complications incident to the birth of the son and succumbed to the ailments on June 8, 1904.  On January 4, 1905, Mr Reinecke was married to Miss Clara Lottie Kokesh, who was born March 15,  1888 to Mr and Mrs Chas J Kokesh, then residing a few miles east of Sundance, and to this union was born one daughter, Creta, age 14, and one son, Earl, age 12, both of whom surviive the parents. (Sundance Times, Sundance Wyoming, March 3, 1920) 

Phoebe Ann Ripley
SUNDANCE, Wyo., Oct. 1. – Mrs. Phoebe Ann Ripley, who died this week, came to the region later to be known as Crook county more than 40 years ago, before there was a settlement in the northern part of Wyoming. For many years she and her husband, A. L. Ripley, who survives her, conducted a hotel here famous among overland travelers for the excellence of its service. She was 76 years old.
[Wyoming State Tribune – Cheyenne State Leader (21 Oct. 1921) -MZ - Sub by FoFG]

Mrs. O.A. Roberts
Mrs. O.A. Roberts died of pneumonia Thursday morning, at her home near Rocky Point. [Moorcroft Leader; Moorcroft, Crook County, WY; Friday March 13, 1931]

Clarence Stout
In Wyoming, Car Drops from Bridge; Young Rancher is Killed
SHERIDAN, Juno 10.—Clarence Stout, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stout, and a rancher living on Prairie Dog, was killed when his car ran off a bridge near Old Acme, pinning him underneath. His companion escaped injury with the exception of minor scratches and bruises. Ranchers passing shortly after the accident got Mr. Stout from beneath the car but he lived only a few hours. He leaves a widow and one child.
[10 June 1919; "Wyoming State Tribune- Cheyenne State Leader" -BZ - Sub by FoFG]

W.L. Wayne
Aged Wyoming Man Perishes in Blizzard at Same Hour That His Wife Dies While Awaiting Return to Crook County Ranch
With Neither Aware of Other's Plight, W. L. Wayne, 89, perishes, in Storm at Hour His Wife Dies
(By Everett J. Lippard)
While Wyoming shivered from the cold during a snow storm a week age, out in the sparsely settled stretches of Crook County, in the extreme northeastern corner of the state an aged man, on a certain Tuesday night, wandered aimlessly through a blizzard, while in his home, not many miles way, his wife was dying.
Neither was aware of the plight of the other. The woman believed her husband to be in Milwaukee, where had had been called on business. The men never knew his wife was ill.
As night settled and the storm grew in intensity. The air became alarming black. The aged man, facing the blizzard, bent all his energies to advance through the blinding snow and the chill wind. His body became numb. His steps lagged. Finally, he laid down in the snow, his head in a matted tumble weed, and went to sleep. A blanket of snow covered him, as if the snow realized that he would never awaken.
In the cabin, not far distant, the aged wife, who, too, had struggled to fight back the desire to sleep, hoping against hope that her husband would return to her, sank back upon her pillow and did not stir again.
As near as can be ascertained, both husband and wife died at the same hour.
The husband was W. L. Wayne, 89, an old time resident of the neighborhood of Beulah, Wyoming. He had returned unexpectedly from Milwaukee and had planned to go overland from Aladdin, Wyoming, to his home to surprise his wife. In company with Charles Wyman he rode from Aladdin to Red Water and from which place he intended to phone to his ranch, as the storm was growing severe. When his dead body was found in the snow three days later, he was within a few feet of the Vore Ranch.
The woman was buried in the cemetery at Beulah three days before her husband was laid to rest beside her.
News of the tragedy was brought to Cheyenne today from Sundance, Wyoming, the county seat of Crook County.
["Wyoming State Tribune - Cheyenne State Leader" - April 30, 1918 - FC - Sub by FoFG]


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