WEEK 49 2021

Vern Woods, age 15, was killed at Clark Forney’s ranch on Miller Creek near Moorcroft, from a blow on the head received when helping to dehorn cattle.

The Fort Laramie Signal and Jay Em News (Fort Laramie, WY) Wednesday, November 7th, 1917

A Foul Murder

Pender, Nebr., July 29.—This town was intensely excited last night over the news of the foul murder of the six-year-old of W. J. Benjamin, a farmer living on the reservation, two miles west of town, by a Winnebago Indian. The boy, with his two brothers, was after their cattle which were pastured near their home when a wagon containing three Indians came up and one of the red devils fired five or six shots at the boys, one shot hitting James in the forehead. He was assisted to his home by his brothers. His mother, who was visiting at a neighbor’s, was sent for, but before she arrived the boy became unconscious. Dr. Stout, of Pender, was summoned, but he arrived too late, the boy having died. The sheriff and every citizen who could secure a horse or wagon went in pursuit of the Indians. The feeling against them is intense. It is thought that the Indians are from Wisconsin, being on a visit to the branch of the tribe situated on the reservation in the northern part of Thurston County. The coroner’s jury called to investigate the murder have returned a verdict that the deceased came to his death by a gunshot fired by an unknown Indian. Three Indians are now under arrest. Great excitement prevails and lynching is freely talked of.

The Sioux County Journal (Harrison, NE) Thursday, August 1st, 1889


Four passengers and two trainmen were slightly injured Monday afternoon when the west bound passenger train No. 31 and east bound freight First 76 collided head on a half mile west of the Scottsbluff depot.

The force of the collision sent scores passengers sprawling from their seats, broke out window panes, and telescoped the cabs and tenders of both engines. Crews escaped serious injury by leaping from the train.

Those hurt were:

  • Engineer Maron, of 31, bruised about the left shoulder, arm, and hip
  • Fireman Bernard Bradley, Alliance, of 31, nose and wrist bruised and skinned
  • H. Johnson, conductor of 31, knocked senseless when he was hurled to the floor of the car and generally bruised.
  • Mrs. Carl Alvin, Casper, Wyo., nose injured
  • Harry Van Heusin, 1429 Fletcher Street Chicago, chest hurt
  • F. J. Foley, Minneapolis, left hip bruised
  • M. Barraclough, Kearney, generally shocked and bruises

The passenger was five hours late into Torrington.

The Goshen County Journal (Torrington, WY) Thursday, September 7th, 1922


Mysterious Disappearance

Stuart, Neb., Aug. 4.—James E. Stewart, for twenty years a resident of Holt County, mysteriously disappeared some days ago and has not been found. He has recently suffered financial reverses that seemed to have affected his mind. The horse he rode when going away has been found. It is thought he has either suicided or wandered away.

The Alliance Herald (Alliance, NE) Friday, August 8th, 1902

The body of a newborn infant was found near the rolling mill in Laramie, and officers are searching for the mother.

The Wheatland World (Wheatland, WY) Friday, August 30th, 1912


The Alden Cattle Company, plaintiff in the case of the Alden Cattle Company against H. Scott Welker, won possession of a steer, ownership of which was under controversy, in county court Monday, says the Bridgeport News-Blade. For some reason, when the steer was branded as a yearling, a marked dime was slipped under the hide of the animal. Later, Welker ear-marked the animal as his own, it is alleged, and took possession. The steer was replevined a week ago and the telltale dime removed and introduced as evidence of ownership by the plaintiff in the case. The trick is as old as the cattle business, but judging by the findings of the court, it is adaptable to modern days.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, June 28th, 1928

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