Way Back Wednesday Looks At Wyoming History On Oct. 7, 1921

This week's Way-Back Wednesday looks at the history from 100 years ago this week.

Patsy Parkin

October 06, 20213 min read

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(Cowboy State Daily Staff)

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Wyoming State News–100 years ago–Oct 7, 1921

Farmers of the Savageton neighborhood, a community 38 miles south of Gillette, have completed the construction of a stretch of road 30 miles in length.

Charles Daniels, about 23 years old and recently of Italy, was run over and instantly killed by a gravel train near Kemmerer.

Robert Gladstone, 15 years old, was being taken from Cheyenne to the Industrial School in Worland when he jumped off the train at Lysite and scrammed when the accompanying official stepped into the smoking car. Viola Fargish, 15 of Sheridan, must spend several years at the school because she is determined to take her own life and her mother and stepfather cannot dissuade her. 

A man giving his name as Orville Jennings attempted to hold up a deputy sheriff at Salt Creek. Jennings flashed a gun and took the deputy’s wallet, but as he turned to walk away, the process was reversed and he was captured and taken to jail.

It’s haying time on the 1,500 acres in Yellowstone maintained for the feeding of wildlife. 600 tons of hay are earmarked for the buffalo alone. If the bison and elk were not artificially fed during the long hard winters, they would drift out of the Park.

The estate of James Mickelson who died several days ago at Pinedale is expected to inventory at approximately $2,000,000, plus 20,000 acres of the finest ranch and farming land in the upper Green River valley, 10,000 head of cattle and probably close to $1,000,000 in notes owed by neighboring ranchers who were granted loans during the past two difficult agricultural years.

Fire destroyed twelve businesses in downtown Newcastle including the West Motor Company, Mulcahy Tailor Shop, E&M Cafe, New Edison Theater, Basketeria Grocery, Antlers Cafe, Post Office building, Wakeman’s Law Office, Miss McDonald’s Law Office, Murphy and Phillips Real Estate, and the Grover Taylor Barber Shop. Lodge paraphernalia and most of the records of four lodges were also destroyed.  

To accommodate the 65% increase in the number of school students in Casper, the board has okayed the construction of another school house at the cost of $26,000 and will okay another in a few months.

Efforts to bring Ben Conley, alleged wife beater in Casper, to justice have failed. The Illinois state governor refused to release Conley to Undersheriff Seidel when he traveled there to pick up the accused and bring him back to Wyoming.

Senator John Kendrick has returned to Washington D.C. after being in Sheridan for several weeks looking after his business interests there. He was forced to move much of his cattle to Montana owing to the poor forage in his usual pastures.

Charles Barkdull of Stump Creek was arrested after killing a cow belonging to Bishop Wood claiming it had given his cows and himself tuberculosis. He also went on to say that other cows and several people in Auburn also have tuberculosis and he will have to kill them to wipe out the disease. He has been judged to be mentally unbalanced and been sent to the state hospital in Evanston.   

This page from Wyoming’s rich history has been presented by Mick Pryor, Edward Jones Financial Advisor. While we can’t change the past, a financial strategy for the future can be planned. If you have questions, concerns or are simply looking for a friendly advisor to discover your goals, discuss strategy and look to your financial future, contact Mick Pryor today.

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