WEEK 26 2021

William Brummell, 44 years old, a dealer in automobiles, was found dead Wednesday night in his bachelor apartments over his garage at Hastings. He was hanging in a noose made of burlap for covering automobile tires, and it is supposed he hung himself not later than last Friday night. Financial difficulties made him despondent, though so far as known he never expressed his intention of committing suicide.

Ten days ago Brummell received a shipment of automobiles, for which he hoped to find a ready sale. One or more cylinders in each car was broken in transit by freezing water having been left in them when they were shipped from the factory. The defects in the cars caused Mr. Brummell to brood, for their either delayed or prevented negotiations for several sales.

The Valentine Democrat (Valentine, NE) 1 Apr 1909

Eli McBride of Unadilla accidentally shot and killed his wife. He was handling his shotgun and it was discharged in some way, the entire load of shot entering her left side on the back, taking away one rib and spattering the wall with her flesh.

People’s Poniard (Sidney, NE) 7 Jan 1899

Cecil Rogers, son of Section Foreman W. W. Rogers, was quite badly scalded last Friday by steam from the engine at the pumping station. Although the burns are very painful we are informed the boy is getting along nicely now and will soon be all right again.

Torrington Telegram (Torrington, WY) 21 Jan 1909


Wallace Gunter is being held in the county jail, awaiting sentence to the reformatory after having plead guilty to grand larceny in the county court last Tuesday. Gunter stole a sweater and a suit of clothes from Lester Boyle of the Hamburger Inn.

Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) 11 Sep 1930

While tending a power driven sausage machine in his butcher shop at Ravenna, Joe Smerda slipped, and in trying to right himself stuck his right hand into the blades which lacerated and maimed the fingers so that it was necessary to amputate them.

The Bushnell Record (Bushnell, NE) 24 Mar 1921



Father’s Warning Came Too Late to

Save Life of Mother of Six Little Ones

Western Newspaper Union News Service

Cheyenne, Wyoming—Cowering in his cell in jail in abject fear of being lynched by vigilantes who only await a verdict that the man is sane before meting out summary punishment, Melville Davis, who slew his sister, Mrs. Frank Ryder, at Fort Steele, is already a wreck of his former rugged self. One moment he waves his arms, yelling in angered tones, the next he begs his keepers to give him a knife or gun with which to end his miserable life. With curses mingled with pitiful pleadings to his God to forgive him his crime, and incessantly crying out his sister’s name, Davis paces the floor of his cell.

Guards inside watch his every move, for Davis has sworn he will take his own life, while outside armed guards pace to and fro to prevent lynching.

Not since the recent penitentiary breaks has Rawlins been as stirred as it is now. Indignation is evident on every hand, and not since James Wingfall, negro, who attacked Mrs. Jane Higgins, have the men of that ordinarily peaceful town been more determined to take the law into their own hands and set an example for the lawless element of the region than now.

Davis has not been responsible for some time. A letter was received at Fort Steele from Davis’ father, who is at Superior, addressed to Mrs. Ryder, in which she was warned against the son. The elder Davis stated that his son recently ran amuck at Superior, and after driving everyone from the house, attempted to burn it, being prevented by the police.

The warning came too late. Had it been received a few days earlier, Mrs. Ryder and her husband would have kept a closer watch upon Davis, and six children might not now be motherless.

That Davis attempted to commit a crime upon the person of little 13-year-old Bessie Ryder there is no longer doubt, for neighbors of the Ryders testified before the coroner’s jury at Fort Steele that they had seen Melville Davis with the little girl and heard him make suggestive remarks that finally caused the little one to tell her mother.

The Laramie County Times (Wheatland, WY) 29 Nov 1912

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