WEEK 2 2022


Discovery of charred human bones near pole mountain.

Dispatches received from Laramie yesterday morning announce the discovery of human remains near the ranch of Bob Burnett, who disappeared so mysteriously about ten weeks ago. Great excitement exists in Laramie City and a well-grounded belief that these are the remains of the well-known and ill fated ranchman. The Boomerang gives a long and interesting account of the affair, from which we extract the following details:

The mysterious disappearance of Robert Burnett, the well-known but eccentric Pole Mountain ranchman, has been partially explained by a little heap of ashes and charred bones. The cremated remains were found about two miles north of Burnett’s ranch in an unfrequented spot about a mile from the traveled road. They tell beyond all doubt a tale of mystery and murder.

There arrived in Laramie last from the Pole Mountain region a man and woman carrying small pails, one of wood and the other of tin. The man was deaf and the woman acted nervous and somewhat excited. It was Charles Pullman and his wife and they claimed to have with them in the little pails which they brought with the the mortal remains of Bob Burnett. One pail contained ashes and the other small pieces of charred bones. They were taken at once to the office of Prosecuting Attorney Groesbeck.

The remains were examined by Dr. Harris and he pronounced them those of a human being. The pieces of bone were all small, but there were portions of the skull, the nose and a rib, several finger bones and teeth. There were also several suspender and overall buttons.

The authorities are convinced that they are the remains of the unfortunate Burnett, but whether a thorough examination will enable them to identify them time alone can tell. An overall button furnishes the only link in the chain of identification so far. It bears the stamp of E. P. Smith and Co., an Omaha firm, and the only house in Laramie to sell that firm’s goods was J. S. Watkins. Burnett always wore overalls and always purchased them of Watkins.

Sheriff Lund and Prosecuting Attorney Groesbeck went out to Pole Mountain this morning to investigate the matter thoroughly. The inquest will probably be held in this city.

Cheyenne Weekly Sun (Cheyenne, WY) Thursday, August 15th, 1889

William Kellog of Douglas and Frank Lawson of a ranch near there were drowned in the Platte river. Lawson’s body was found while searching for Kellog’s.

The Wyoming Stockman-Farmer (Cheyenne, WY) Friday, Aug 1st, 1919

The Chevrolet car of Ralph Carlson caught on fire last Saturday night on the north road three miles north of Potter and completely burned. We did not learn the exact cause of the fire, but presume it was due to a short in the electric wiring.

The Potter Review (Potter, NE) Friday, February 28th, 1930


Myron Thompson, a farmer from near Buda, Nebraska, was instantly killed by a fast freight crashing into the caboose of a cattle train upon which he was riding. He was going to the Pacific coast with a carload of hogs for a Kearney firm. The remains will brought to Gibbon, Nebraska. A widow and several children are left.—State Journal.

The Telegraph (Sidney, NE) Friday, October 6th, 1922

young ranchman is drowned

becomes entangled in reeds in lake and sinks

Nile Latta, son of Milton Latta, the well known rancher and inventor, was drowned in Long Lake, about thirty-five miles south of Valentine. He was driving some cattle into the lake, and his horse following, got into deep water, and, becoming frightened, refused to return to shore. Latta then left his horse and endeavored to return to the bank, but in some manner became entangled in some reeds, and after violent struggles, sank. He is a young man, well known, and leaves a wife to whom he was married just a week ago. His body has not been recovered and may never be found, as the reeds and rushes make it very difficult to drag the lake.

The Valentine Democrat (Valentine, NE) Thursday July 4th, 1907


Mitchell Index.—Trouble last Friday between two of the inhabitants of the Mexican colony of the sugar company resulted in the death of one and the holding of the other on a murder charge. The man who was killed was John Martinez, aged 25; the name of the one who fired the fatal shot is Jim Gonzalez, aged 35. Both were unmarried and it is understood that the trouble was over a woman or girl of the settlement.

The affair took place at about 9:30 in the forenoon. After having killed his antagonist, Gonzalez came to town to the office of Judge Burrows and gave himself up. He said that the other man fired first and that in return he shot to save his life. But at the coroner’s inquest other Mexicans as witnesses to the affray did not attach so much blame to the dead man. They said both were on the warpath. Two shots were fired, both by Gonzalez, the second one being the one that found its mark and produced almost instant death. However, Martinez had attempted to shoot but the gun had failed to go off. The evidence at the inquest was given through an interpreter.

The body of Martinez was buried Saturday with honors by the Mexican fraternal society, the name of which when interpreted is “Friends of the City.” His was the 13th body buried in a section of the Mitchell cemetery devoted to such. Gonzalez is in jail at Gering to await trial.

The Western Nebraska Observer (Kimball, NE) Thursday, March 27th, 1927