Reflections: Lynched by inmates, Wyoming's 75th, Encampment 'drug hotspot'


101 years ago

Oct. 9, 1912

Intolerable conditions

At the meeting of the Young Men’s Liberty club in Cheyenne Friday night, the lynching of Wigfall in the state penitentiary was discussed freely and handled without gloves. While the expression was universal that Wigfall deserved just what he got, the members were equally unanimous in the opinion that a system that would permit in a lynching to take place in a penitentiary demanded investigation. If it is possible for the prisoners to pass the word, hold up the guards and lynch a prisoner, it is also possible for them to lynch the warden or anyone else about the institution.

As to lynching in the abstract, two or three members of the club were inclined to condone the offense under circumstances, but the general expression was that under all circumstances in law-abiding communities citizens should uphold the law and permit it to take its regular course.

75 years ago

Oct. 6, 1938

Indian lore for fossils aims of relic hunters

The proposed statewide project for a search for relics of early day Indians and the ancient men who preceded them in this region appears to be receiving liberal support in various sections of the state. The proposed program of excavation of many promising sites might be easily bring to light historical articles and fossils of much greater value than the cost of the project, and it is believed there will be much interest manifested in practically all counties of the state, as all have promising areas for search.

Chairman McMlellan of the Natrona County Board of commissioners has stated that the project is considered a worth-while one, and that is the project is approved in Washington and WPA assistance is granted, that the county will put up liberally toward the sum that would have to be raised in the state, which would amount to perhaps 25 percent of the WPA grant.

A Casper paper states that Senator Schwartz has learned from his Washington office that archeologist Vincenzo Petrullo, after a preliminary survey of prehistoric caves in the Dinwoody section near Lander, is in Washington negotiating for approval of the $100,000 project.

During past years fossils remains of dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters of great interest and value have been taken from the fields of this state to various museums of the world, and there is little doubt that an organized search would bring to light many … (rest of article missing)

50 years ago

Oct. 10, 1963

History of area schools seeded for publication

Mrs. Francis Connor, Carbon County Superintendent of schools, this week asked that each school in the county write its history for use by a committee planning the 75th anniversary of Wyoming’s statehood. The histories will be compiled in a book for distribution early next year. Mrs. Connor said that as an incentive, she will present a dictionary to the school or grade who presents the best history.

As a suggested outline, Mrs. Connor said the paper should include the first established school dates and first teachers; interesting names of schools and their history, including any former schools that are now in a district; a few statistics as to growth and relation to economy; and outstanding teachers and pupils as well as early-day teachers.

Mrs. Connor requested that she receive the histories no later than Nov. 11.

John C. Tynon, local superintendent, asked that any person who has information on the early-day history of the schools in District No. 9 to please contact him at their earliest conveniences.

25 years ago

Oct. 12, 1988

Officials: Encampment

major drug hotspot

Is there a drug problem in Encampment? Of course not, say the adults.

Yes there is, say the children. That was the finding of the local officers of the Substance Abuse Task force in a recent drug awareness program in Encampment schools.

Deputy Sheriff Bob Burgess said at a public meeting last Tuesday that, during the school presentations, almost 100 percent of kindergarten children thought there was a drug problem in the town.

However, when high school students and adults were asked the same question, less than half raised their hands.

Burgess added that, although most every kind of abused drug can be found in the Platte Valley, parents tend to “turn a blind eye” to the problem and do not want to become involved in reporting the incidents.

He said education is the best way to prevent drug abuse, especially among the young, and cited several cases in which children showed officers that they knew how to use drug paraphernalia.

Deputy Wilbur Burgess related how a 4-year-old son of an accused Encampment drug dealer was asked by a judge what he knew about “joints”. Burgess said the boy replied, “Sure, I can roll them,” …


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