Laramie Weekly Sentinel, 1888
The following is a brief review of some
of the prominent, general events gleaned from the Retrospective
in the Laramie Weekly Sentinel, May 5, 1888, J. H. Hayford,
May 1st ~ SENTINEL, purchased by its
present proprietors, Hayford & Gates, from N. A. Baker.
2nd ~ John T. McNeil, a son of a former
mayor of Rochester, New York, .was run over and killed by the
cars, near Dana.
3rd ~ Andrew Malone, a section foreman,
was shot and killed at Separation Station, by Indians.
A fight occurred at Sweetwater between
Major Gordon's command and a large body of Arapahoes. Lieutenant
Stambaugh and a sergeant were killed and one private wounded.
Seven Indians killed.
6th ~ Millard Fillmore was shot and
severely wounded by a drunken soldier whom he put off the train
between Carbon and Simpson.
7hl ~ General Phillip H. Sheridan
visited Laramie in company with Governor Campbell.
8th ~ Mrs. Fannie Fisher, the estimable
wife of Colonel S. W. Downey, died in the 28tli year of her age,
10th ~ Quite a large party of miners
left here to engage in gulch mining at Last Chance.
11th ~ The first Presbyterian church was
organized here by the Rev. Mr. Kephardt of Cheyenne, with the
following officers: Elder, Charles H. Richards. Trustees: H. H.
Richards, M. C. Brown, E. L. Kerr, L. D. Pease and J. H.
18th ~ News received that the party of
miners who went to Last Chance, had to shovel through snow
fifteen feet deep.
Sergeant J. K. Menke and Mrs. Joice were
married at Fort Sanders by Rev. Mr. Cornell.
19th ~ A gang of telegraph men were
driven in by Indians near Cheyenne.
A young man named Daggett robbed the
lieutenant in charge of the soldiers at Sherman of $400, four
revolvers and a watch, and dressed himself in the officer's
uniform and took the train for Cheyenne were he was arrested.
The Big Horn expedition started from
A woman named Rachael Brown and a man
named Pat Green were shot at Medicine Bow by David Brookman.
Colonel J. W. Donnellan was married
today in Denver to Miss Marion McNasser of that city.
20th ~ Lieutenant Harlenburgh's 9th
infantry pickets driven in at Sidney by a band of Indians.
A band of Indians drove in a gang of
workmen three miles west of Rawlins.
23rd ~ Chief Justice Howe denied the
application for a receiver in the case of Davis vs. the Union
24th ~ The first Chinese (male and
female) arrived in Laramie today and established a laundry.
A Lodge of Good Templars instituted at
Fort Sanders, assisted by the Laramie Lodge. The officers were
installed by M. C. Brown, D. G. W. C. T.
Colonel John W. Donnellan returned from
Denver with his bride.
26th ~ The Cheyenne Big Horn expedition
reached Laramie last evening but were unable to proceed further,
being over loaded and their teams giving out. Superintendent
Fillmore offered to take ten tons of their freight to Fort
Steele by railroad for $50, which amount the citizens of Laramie
contributed, thus enabling them to proceed on their journey.
Before leaving they held a meeting and passed a series of
resolutions thanking the superintendent and the citizens of
Laramie for their generous aid.
28th ~ Governor Bullock, of
Massachusetts, the judges of the supreme court, state officers,
members of the legislature, and Boston capitalists, representing
$300,000,000, passed through to San Francisco in eight new
Pullman drawing room cars. They had a printing press on the
train and issued a daily paper.
A disgusted Mormon by the name of John
Mowry passed through Laramie on his way to Iowa from Utah, with
his wife and six boys. He started from Echo to transport his
earthly possessions in a wheelbarrow.
General Smith with Red Cloud and
nineteen native chiefs left Egbert for Washington.
29th ~ A. B. Sypher was killed by being
caught between the cars at Cheyenne. He leaves a wife and two
30th ~ Superintendent Fillmore left for
Ogden for the first invoice of Chinamen to work on the road.
31st ~ Tom Dayton appointed express
agent at Laramie.
James Vine and Charles Hillaker opened
the first furniture store in Laramie today.
1st~ Dr. J. H. Hayford appointed
territorial auditor by Governor Campbell.
3rd ~ Governor Campbell passed through
Laramie to have a talk with Washakie and other Shoshone Indians
at Fort Bridger.
4th ~ The railroad boys at Laramie
presented Master Mechanic Galbraith with a gold watch and chain.
11th ~ Quarterly report of the Laramie
public schools show an enrollment of eighty-three; average
13th ~ Thomas Alsop received a carload
of blooded stock. The first to come to this country.
14th ~ Passenger train No. 4 ran through
a band of Indians and ponies two miles east of Ogallalla.
15th ~ Union Sunday school picnic of
Cheyenne and Laramie meet at Dale Creek Bridge to spend the day.
17th ~ Superintendent Filmore's family
arrive in Laramie from the east to settle.
22nd ~ M. G. Tonn commenced the erection
of a two-story stone building on Second street.
Dennis O'Brien killed while engaged in
floating ties on the Little Laramie.
24tli ~ Masonic Fraternity celebrate St.
John's day by a ball and festival.
25th ~ Today is remarkable as being the
hottest ever known in Laramie. Thermometer 83 deg. in the shade.
1st ~ Laramie post office raised to a
third-class office. 2nd ~ Louis Miller left for a visit to
Europe. Rev. E. D. Brooks appointed pastor of the Methodist
church of Laramie City.
4th ~ The day was celebrated by a match
game of baseball between the Laramie and Fort Sanders clubs.
Oration by W. W. Corlett. The Catholic Church held a festival.
5th ~ William W., son of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Wagner, died, aged two years, seven months and twenty-one
days. Four miners killed at Shipman's cabin, North Park, by
12th ~ Miners in and about Last Chance
mines returned to Laramie on account of anticipated difficulty
with North Park Indians.
14th ~ C. H. Clark, foreman of the
roundhouse, received a present from the railroad employees of a
select library of engineering works.
15th ~ German citizens of Laramie had a
general jollification over the prospect of a war between Germany
18th~ The Sentinel editorially predicted
that the war would prove disastrous to France.
19th ~ Lady Franklin passed through
Laramie from San Francisco, on her way to New York.
21st ~ Stephen Boyd and Miss Eliza
Stewart, married at Cheyenne by Rev. J. W. Pephardt.
26th ~ Complete assessment returns show
9,536 head of cattle in Albany County, value $129,595.
27th ~ George Bullord, a brakeman killed
on No. 4 being struck by the timbers of the bridge crossing the
Medicine Bow River.
~ Laramie Lodge of Good Templars elected
the following officers: W. C. T., T. W. DeKay; W. V., Mrs. A.
Hatcher; W. S., C. H. Richards; W. F. S., John Wright; W. T.,
Miss E. Luce; W. C, Mrs. Dr. Hilton; W. M., J. H. Smith; I. G.,
Miss Ella Galbraith.
29th ~ The Baptist Church was occupied
for the first time by being used for a meeting of the Ladies'
31st ~ Rev. F. L. Arnold, pastor of
Presbyterian Church, held his first services in the school
1st ~ The Methodist church commenced the
erection of their present house of worship.
2nd ~ Died: Mrs. Julia C, wife of John
W. Connor, aged 23 years. Mrs. Connor was the first white woman
to settle in Laramie.
8th ~ County convention (republican)
held at Laramie and nominated the following ticket: County
commissioners, N. T. Webber, H. H. Richards and H. Wagner;
Probate Judge, Walter Sinclair; County Clerk, L. D. Pease;
Sheriff, N. K. Boswell; Assessor, T. W. DeKay; Surveyor, William
O. Downey; Superintendent of Schools, M. C. Brown; Justice of
the Peace, J. Boies; County Attorney, W. W. Downey. Delegates to
Territorial convention: M. C. Brown, N. K. Boswell, E. Dawson,
H. Latham, H. H. Richards and W. H. Harlow.
13th ~ Democratic county convention
nominated the following ticket: Sheriff, J. W. Connor; County
Clerk, J. B. Shepherd; Probate Judge, G. W. Ritter; Assessor, E.
Farrell; County Commissioners, C. H. Bussard, William Crawford
and James Burnett; Surveyor, James Vine; County Attorney, S. C.
Leech: Coroner, Dr. G. F. Hilton; Superintendent of Schools, W.
W. W. Corlett appointed postmaster at
19th ~ Ex-Secretary Seward passed
through Laramie on his voyage around the world, and was
interviewed by several of our citizens.
22nd ~ Democratic Territorial convention
at Bryan, nominated John Wanless for Congress.
23rd ~ Arrival of 3,000 sheep for Thomas
25th ~ Republican Territorial
convention, in Laramie, nominated W. T. Jones for delegate to
1st ~ Simon Durlacher went to Corinne to
engage in the clothing and mercantile business.
6th ~ Territorial and county elections
held, resulting in the election of Judge Jones to Congress.
Albany county giving him forty-eight majority; H. H. Richards,
republican; W. Crawford and C. H. Bussard, democrats, elected
county commissioners; G. W. Ritter, democrat, probate judge; L.
D. Pease, republican, county clerk; N. K. Boswell, republican,
sheriff; T. W. DeKay, republican, assessor; W. O. Downey,
republican, county surveyor; S. W. Downey, republican, county
attorney; M. C. Brown, republican, superintendent of schools.
The SENTINEL moved into its new office
on Front Street.
News received of the surrender of the
lOth ~ Born: Jennie, eldest child of Mr.
and Mrs. J. E. Gates, of the Sentinel.
11th ~ Baptist church dedicated.
Fall term of the public school opened
with fifty-nine pupils.
15th ~ The Sentinel contained the first
notice calling a meeting for the organization of the W. L. and
20th ~ Meeting held at the school house
to organize the W. L. and L. association. M. C. Brown, Chairman;
A. G. Swain, secretary. The following committee was appointed to
draft a constitution and by-laws: Rev. D. J. Pierce, Rev. John
Cornell. Mrs. E. S. Boyd, Mrs. A. G. Swain and Mrs. L. D. Pease.
24th ~ The official returns of the
census for 1870, shows Albany county to contain a population of
22,436 inhabitants, of which 20,000 were Indians
25th ~ A disastrous fire occurred at
Cheyenne. Loss estimated at $100,000.
1st ~ Weekly statement of the public
schools shows an attendance of sixty-eight. Eva Owen, William O.
Owen, Maggie Ivinson, Maggie Carroll and Ida Ritter are on the
roll of honor for the week.
4th ~ Laramie Lodge A. F. and A. M.
having worked for several months under dispensation was duly
instituted and organized under its charter, J. H. Hayford, W.
M.; J. E. Gates. Secretary.
9th ~ Louis Miller returned with his
family from a lengthy visit to Fatherland.
11th ~ The Wyoming Literary Association
gave its first public entertainment. Programme: Oration, B. F.
Harrington; Essays, Mrs. A. G. Swain and Rev. J. Cornell;
Declamation, J. Crandall; Recitation, Ella Galbraith; Select
Reading, Mrs. Pierce; Debate on Woman Suffrage by Judge Brown
and D. J. Pierce.
12th ~ A paper called The Daily Sun
started in Cheyenne by W. N. Bamberg & Co.
13th ~ Sidney Dillon, president of the
U. P. R. R., spent the day in Laramie investigating its
surroundings and resources.
17th ~ Colonel Donnellan purchased $100
worth of gold from the Last Chance and Douglas Creek mines. The
gold was composed of coarse nuggets weighing about $5 each. The
miners had averaged from $5 to $8 per day during the time they
John Morgan, section foreman at Bitter
Creek, died from injuries received by being run over by a
18th ~ A body of soldiers went from Fort
Sanders to the hills to procure wood, while encamped at night,
one of their number played a practical joke by running into the
camp crying "Indians," and in the confusion that ensued he was
shot dead by one of his comrades.
21st ~ R. Galbraith resumed his position
as master mechanic of the machine shops.
24th ~ A remarkable and brilliant
display of Aurora Borealis was visible at Laramie.
Married, at Homer, Illinois, Rev. E. C.
Brooks, of Laramie, to Miss Carrie M. Ruland.
27th ~ Married, George Young and Miss
Mattie Davis of Laramie, by the Rev. Adams of Cheyenne.
J. J. McCloskey and a man named Lowry
were shot and killed by a drunken half breed at Six Mile ranch,
near Fort Laramie.
28th ~ Mary Jane, wife of Charles
Fisher, died, aged 28 years.
29th ~ Hayden's geological surveying
party spent several days in Laramie.
The SENTINEL notices from its exchanges
from Kansas, New Mexico and Texas the following prices for
cattle: Steers, $11; Milch cows, $6; three-year-olds, $7;
two-year-olds, $4; one year olds, $2.50.
Holliday & Williams are running a
sawmill in the Black Hills, about eighteen miles from town. They
purchased the mill from the Greeley colony. There are now three
saw mills running in Albany County.
30th ~ Married, by the Rev. Mr. Cornell,
James Carroll to Mrs. Annie Monaghan.
31st ~ One of Thomas Alsop's herders
found an immense mountain lion imprisoned in one of the caves in
the rocks. He succeeded in capturing the beast.
J. W. Connor lost a large quantity of
hay, a lot of fencing and some other property by a prairie fire
2nd ~ Judge Kingman lectured before the
W. L. and L. A. subject, elocution.
3rd ~ A brass band was organized in
Laramie today, with J. Pfeiffer, J. J. Clark, Otto Gramm, C. R.
Leroy, J. McDowell, M. N. Merrill, George W. Fox, T. J. Dayton,
J. A. Apperrson, H. Altman, N. F. Spicer and M. G. Tonn as
6th ~ Born, to Mr. and Mrs. William
Alsop, twins ~ boys.
10th ~ Married, at Weymouth,
Massachusetts, W. J. McIntyre, one of the pioneers of Laramie,
to Miss Emma J. Baker.
15th ~ Four carloads of blooded bulls
and a fine lot of brood mares were received at Laramie. ~ One
hundred head of fine fat cattle were shipped to Chicago from
17th ~ Judge Brown was awarded, at the
Ladies' Fair, a fine gold chain, as a premium to the ugliest man
18th ~ Superintendent Filmore gave a
grand party and reception to his son, J. M. Filmore, who
returned from the east with his bride.
A general change in the management of
the U. P. R. R., with S. H. H. Clark, superintendent of the
eastern division, and L. Filmore as superintendent of the
western division, under the general management of T. E. Sickles.
20th~ Married, by Rev. John Cornell, T.
W. DeKay to Miss M. Wagner.
22nd ~ The Sentinel urges the
organization of a fire company of some kind.
St. Matthew's Church (Episcopal) gave a
fair, realizing $390.
R. M. Galbraith arrived in Laramie with
24th ~ Thanksgiving Day. Union religious
services. Sermon by P. L. Arnold.
Married, at the Presbyterian Church, by
Rev. F. L. Arnold, N. C. Worth to Mrs. Jane E. Pollard.
25th~ Born, to Mr. and Mrs. V. Baker, a
26th ~ A woman pilgrim from the Holy
Land, named Hadji Isabey, delivered a lecture before the
Literary and Library association.
30th ~ W. R. Thomas of the Denver News,
delivered a lecture before the Literary and Library Association.
1st ~ L. L. Lord, for several years road
master, resigned his position and left for the east. He was
succeeded by Mr. Stockwell.
Eighteen carloads of fat cattle were
shipped by Thomas Alsop from Laramie to Chicago.
3rd ~ Sharp rivalry between dealers
brought coal down to $8.50 per ton.
6th ~ Married, at the residence of Dr.
Finfrock, by Rev. J. Cornell, Otto Gramm to Miss Catherine
The South Pass News says: Mrs. Justice
Esther Morris retires from her judicial duties today. She has
filled the position with great credit to herself and secured the
good opinion of all with whom she transacted any official
School District No. 2 organized at
Sherman by M. C. Brown as county superintendent.
10th ~ Going down the road to Sidney to
hunt buffalo is the popular amusement of Laramie sportsmen.
12th ~ Pressly Wall shot and killed in
the Bullard saloon by Littleton Lawrence. Both colored.
14th ~ M. G. Tonn opened up an extensive
dry goods business in his new store on Second street.
16th ~ The scarcity of female help
induces some of our citizens to try the experiment of Chinese
labor. Dr. Finfrock engaged one this morning.
17th ~ Born, to Mr. and Mrs. Louis
Miller, a daughter.
Three of Creighton's herders were shot
by Indians, near Pine Bluffs.
18th ~ Serious explosions occurred in
the coal mines at Carbon, setting the mines on fire and
producing great consternation. For twenty-four hours the fires
and explosions were so terrific that trains could not safely
pass on the track near the mouth of the pit.
23rd ~ The census of the city of Denver
showed a population of 4,759.