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Crook County Wyoming
Obituaries and Death Notices

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]

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]

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]

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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