WEEK 3 2022

On a farm twenty miles south of Grant Friday morning, James Jones and Joseph Rowley quarreled over a line fence. The former went to his house, returned with his rifle and fired at the latter, killing him instantly, the bullet penetrating his heart.

The shooting was witnessed by Mr. Rowley’s two sons. Jones was arrested by the sheriff of Chase county and taken to Imperial.

The Valentine Democrat (Valentine, NE) Thursday, April 1st, 1909

Henry Frye, a wealthy farmer living two miles southwest of Panama, committed suicide by shooting the top of his head off.

The North Platte Tribune (North Platte, NE) Wednesday, October 8th, 1890


Herman Wegner, 65, wealthy Scribner farmer, has been missing for several days. Fearing foul play, searching parties have been formed. He left the house to fix a fence, and didn’t return.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, December 1st, 1921

died on a wind mill

well known stockman meets tragic death—caught in machinery and his neck broken

A telegram was received in this city last Monday announcing the sudden and tragic death of the well known cattle man, Jeff DeFrance of the company bearing his name and of which he was president. According to particulars it is stated that Mr. DeFrance went out Monday morning before breakfast to regulate one of the windmills on the ranch, which is thirty-five miles south of Alliance. He ascended almost to the top of the mill, a distance of thirty-five feet, while the large wheel was in operation, and in some manner his clothing caught in the gearing and he was choked to death. When Mrs. DeFrance, his newly wedded wife, went out to ascertain his absence, she was horrified to discover him suspended in midair. Help was at once summoned and the body lowered. It was discovered that DeFrance’s neck was broken, and also his jaw.

Jeff DeFrance was one of the best known stockmen in Nebraska and only a short time ago organized the company that now bears his name. He was for many years the manager of the Spade cattle company.

Undertaker Darling of this city was called to prepare the remains for burial, after which they were taken to the old home near Gordon, Nebr., for internment.

The Alliance Herald (Alliance, NE) Thursday, April 13th, 1905

Fred Royal of Chugwater, who was crushed beneath a four room house, sustaining a fracture of the back just below the shoulders, is still alive at a hospital in Wheatland and hope for his recovery is held. The fractured vertebra was removed by an operation and Royal is beginning to have sensation in his lower limbs.

The Burns Herald (Burns, WY) Thursday, September 23, 1920

Maggie McCormick, an Omaha prostitute, had her life saved by a glass eye, which turned the bullet from the pistol of another woman with whom she was fighting.

The Wyoming Weekly Leader (Cheyenne, WY) Saturday, March 20th, 1869

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