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CASTO

ISAAC FRANK

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1894

Rng & Twn:

32N 99W

Sections:

27

Acres:

SCE-40

Map #

5

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Isaac Casto was born on November 19, 1850, in St. Joseph, Missouri. With no formal education, Isaac gained his knowledge from books and life experiences. Following his years as a herder in Utah, he bought a yoke of oxen in 1868 and worked as a freighter. In 1873 he contracted timber for Piedmont, Wyoming, until about 1878. Thereafter he bought some cattle and ran them in the Fort Bridger country until he moved to Willow Creek in 1879. He had married Martha Williams in Utah in 1875. Isaac died at Council, Idaho, on August 27, 1928.

CASTO

ISAAC FRANK

b. 1850 d. 1928

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1891

Rng & Twn:

32N 99W

Sections:

26,27

Acres:

HE-160

Map #

5

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William Chalmers was born in Ontario, Canada, to John M. and Margaret McIntyre Chalmers on May 4, 1853. The family moved to Michigan where he grew to manhood. He arrived in Lander Valley around 1879 and established a harness and saddle shop on the corner of Main and 4th Streets. He married Monnetta Grizzela Irwin, daughter of Dr. James Irwin, on December 29, 1881, in Sweetwater County, Wyoming. He received proof of homestead in 1891. His occupation in the 1900 and 1910 censuses was listed as an accountant. He and his wife retired to San Diego, California, where they are both buried.

CHALMERS

WILLIAM F

b. 1853 d. 1934

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1891

Rng & Twn:

33N 100W

Sections:

24

Acres:

SCE-80

Map #

9

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James Chambers has a sketchy history and may be confused with another James Chambers. The following information is correct: James was born in Maine in 1840 and settled with his family and wife, Henrietta, and daughter as a farm laborer near Fort Bridger, Wyoming Territory, in 1870. He is next found in the Lander Valley working for William Tweed as a laborer in 1877. He homesteaded in the Lander Valley and received his patent on the land in 1895. He died in Lander on January 17, 1900, and is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

CHAMBERS

JAMES S.

b. 1840 d. 1900

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1895

Rng & Twn:

33N 100W

Sections:

8,9,17

Acres:

HE-160

Map #

9

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John Chittim was born in Cave Springs, Missouri, on March 8, 1856. He graduated from Drury College in Missouri and taught there for a few years before coming west. He was the first teacher at Virginia City, Montana, when Sheriff Henry Plummer's gang was terrorizing the mining area. He then came to Lander in 1880 and taught in the public schools for several years. He married Stella Baldwin, daughter of Noyes and Josephine Baldwin, in 1882. John and Stella homesteaded land located two miles east of Lander in 1890. They retired to Multnomah County, Oregon, where she died on July 18, 1942 and he died May 1, 1946.

CHITTIM

JOHN W

b. 1856 d. 1943

Year Arrived:

1880

Patent Year:

1890

Rng & Twn:

33N 99W

Sections:

9

Acres:

SCE-76

Map #

8

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CHITTIM

STELLA

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1890

Rng & Twn:

33N 99W

Sections:

9

Acres:

SCE-80

Map #

8

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Michael Clarey was born in Canada and came to the United States with his family. They settled in New York in 1872. Michael came to the Lander Valley about 1880 and homesteaded a fine property in the Borners Garden area. He received his patent in 1894. He never married and upon his death in February 1914, his estate went to Alice A. Snyder. He was an invalid at the time of his death having been injured during his mining exploits in the Colorado and New Mexico gold fields. Michael is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

CLAREY

MICHAEL

b. 1857 d. 1914

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1894

Rng & Twn:

33N 99W

Sections:

30

Acres:

HE-159

Map #

8

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Elizabeth Casto was born on June 9, 1853. She married William V. Clark in 1868 at age 16. William and Elizabeth moved to Lander Valley in 1880 when son Frank was 4 years old. William was a stagecoach driver on the route between Bryan on the Union Pacific Railroad and South Pass City. Elizabeth received a homestead patent in 1890 for land on the Little Popo Agie River. When William perished in the blizzard of 1883, she married Alexander P. Battrum on August 1, 1886. She had five children with William and three with Alex Battrum. Elizabeth died in Lander in March 1916 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery.

CLARK

ELIZABETH E

b. 1853 d. 1916

Year Arrived:

1875

Patent Year:

1890

Rng & Twn:

32N 99W

Sections:

2

Acres:

SCE-71

Map #

5

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Thomas Cook was an immigrant from Ireland who came to the United States in 1847. He came to Wyoming Territory by wagon train in 1866. Thomas was a shoemaker by trade, a position he took up with the government at Camp Stambaugh when it was established in 1870. He was moved to Camp Brown (now Lander) and then to Fort Washakie. It was at the latter post that he met and knew Sacajawea, the guide for Lewis and Clark. He became good friends with Chief Washakie and the Reverend John Roberts. In 1879, he went back to Clinton, Iowa, where he met his son, William. Together, they drove an oxen team and wagon to Lander. That fall they built a two-story log house on the corner of Fifth and Main. Thomas Cook died in 1905 and is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

COOK

THOMAS

b. 1819 d. 1905

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1893

Rng & Twn:

33N 100W

Sections:

24

Acres:

SCE-40

Map #

9

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Elliott Cottrell was born in March of 1818 to Elias and Fanny Pendleton Cottrell. Elliott married Eliza Searles in 1841; she died in 1843. He married Helen Maria Huntington in 1852 in Windham, Connecticut. Elliott came to Lander Valley in 1869 and homesteaded on the North Fork of the Popo Agie River around 1875. He is listed in the 1880 census as a widower and farmer living on the North Fork. He was one of the first pioneers in the valley. He raised and sold oats in the late 1870s and 80s. He was honored as the oldest living member at the Pioneer Association dinner of 1905. The place and date of his death are unknown.

COTTRELL

ELLIOT P.

b. 1818 d. unknown

Year Arrived:

1869

Patent Year:

1890

Rng & Twn:

34N 100W

Sections:

35

Acres:

SCE-80

Map #

13

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Frederick Crittenden was born in New York in August 1845. He married Lauretta E. Fenton in 1886 in Fremont County, Wyoming, the same year he came to the Lander Valley. He was listed in the Lander Valley directory in 1896, but by 1900 had moved to Malad, Idaho. In the 1910 census he was listed as being widowed and living in Oregon, then by 1920 he had moved to Washington State where he died in 1923.

CRITTENDEN

FREDERICK

b. 1845 d. 1923

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1891

Rng & Twn:

31N 98W

Sections:

13

Acres:

HE-160

Map #

3

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Cornelius Crowley was born in May 1830 in Ireland. Cornelius immigrated to the United States in 1848 at the age of 18. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Maria Barry of Rochester, New York. The young couple, full of hope and ambition, soon left for Nevada where their two children were born. In September 1879 Cornelius came to Lander to reside, bringing with him a fine herd of cattle and homesteading on 160 acres. He soon became one of Lander's foremost stockmen, continuing this business until his death on December 19, 1908. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

CROWLEY

CORNELIUS W.

b. 1830 d. 1908

Year Arrived:

1879

Patent Year:

1892

Rng & Twn:

33N 99W

Sections:

19

Acres:

SCE-160

Map #

8

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Albert Cyphert's headstone shows he was born on October 29, 1845, whereas other sources list his birth date as September 16, 1845. Albert was born in Pennsylvania. He married Esther Beer in 1873. He was shown living in Nebraska in 1885 but by 1887 was living at Dallas, Wyoming where his 5th child, a daughter was born. In December 1885 he was appointed US postmaster at Dallas. The family maintained residence there where Albert farmed on his homestead property. Sometime after 1920 Albert moved to Southgate, California where he died on April 9, 1926. He is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery at Lander.

CYPHERT

ALBERT A

b. 1845 d. 1926

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1891

Rng & Twn:

32N 99W

Sections:

23

Acres:

SCE-160

Map #

5

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Henry DeWolf was born at Sacketts Harbor, New York, in 1853. By 1878 he had moved to Sweetwater County, Wyoming, where he married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Albert Henry. In the 1900 census he was listed as a teamster, but by 1910 his occupation was a farmer on a rented farm. By 1920 he had moved into Lander and was living in a mortgaged house on Sweetwater Street. Henry DeWolf died August 23, 1928 and is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

DEWOLF

HENRY D.

b. 1853 d. 1928

Year Arrived:

1873

Patent Year:

1891

Rng & Twn:

32N 99W

Sections:

10,15

Acres:

HE-160

Map #

5

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DICKINSON

PETER P.

Year Arrived:

1867

Patent Year:

1888

Rng & Twn:

34N 100W

Sections:

28

Acres:

SCE-137

Map #

13

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P. P. Dickinson was born in Cobbeskill, New York, on September 28, 1844. He came to Wyoming in 1867 and located at Camp Stambaugh. There he was engaged in the care of stock and in mining for Major Baldwin and Mr. Kline. In 1875 he married Mrs. Michael Heenan, whose husband was killed by the Indians in 1872. After moving the family to Lander, he established a livery stable and with his wife a boarding house. He filed a squatter homestead on the North Fork of the Popo Agie River, receiving the patent in 1888. The 1880 census showed Peter living in Sweetwater, Wyoming, and his occupation was listed as a stock raiser. He was one of the three "town founders" and the stream that makes its way through the town was named "Dick Creek" in his honor. Active in public service, he was a representative to the territorial legislature in the early 1870s, Lander's first postmaster in the early 1880s, county assessor for a number of years, mayor of Lander, and was elected to the legislature without his consent but declined the seat. In their later years Mr. and Mrs. Dickinson lived at Wind River where Mr. Dickinson ran a trading store with the Shoshone and Arapaho Indians. He died at his home there on July 35, 1918. He is buried at Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. (see story)

DICKINSON

PETER P.

b. 1844 d. 1918

Year Arrived:

1867

Patent Year:

1880

Rng & Twn:

33N 99W

Sections:

18

Acres:

SCE-40

Map #

8

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Frank Doane was born in Pennsylvania in 1856. He married Anna Augusta Avery in Pennsylvania in 1885. In 1888 they took the train to Rawlins, Wyoming, and came to Milford by stage. When they reached Beaver Hill, the driver told the passengers to get out and walk down. Some of them had to hold the stage back on the steep hillside because the horses couldn't hold it. Originally, Frank leased a ranch on the North Fork of the Popo Agie from John Niklos. Frank and Anna had several children, some of whom remained in the Lander Valley. Their daughter, Mary, married John Hornecker who farmed in the Borners Garden area. Gilbert born in Pennsylvania in 1888 who returned to Wyoming to farm; and Maurice was born in Pennsylvania in 1902 when Frank briefly moved the family back to Pennsylvania after one of the older children died. Maurice ranched in the Milford area, joined the Milford Grange and served as State Master. On the family ranch, Frank burned lime and charcoal for the government at Fort Washakie. He was a member of a group organized to build the Fremont County Youth Camp on Townsend Creek in the Shoshone National Forest. Frank died on March 25, 1933 and is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

DOANE

FRANK

b. 1856 d. 1933

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1891

Rng & Twn:

34N 100W

Sections:

35

Acres:

SCE-40

Map #

13

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Andrew Downey was born in December 1852 at Stratford, Connecticut. He served his country in the United States Frontier Army stationed at Camp Stambaugh in the South Pass mining district during the Indian uprising. He was under the command of Captain Robert A. Torrey at Camp Brown in 1872 where he married Margaret Lapp Harting, stepdaughter of Henry Harting of Lander Valley. Later he was stationed at Fort Washakie before he was mustered out in 1874. Andrew and Margaret had two children: John and Nellie Sarah. Andrew and his father-in-law, Henry Harting, served together as privates in the military; Torrey's Company A, 13 Regiment U. S. Infantry. When Andrew was mustered out, he and Margaret "Maggie" settled on a homestead near Mill Creek (Milford). Andrew worked with neighbors John Bay and Riley Garrett to build irrigation ditches in the area. Andrew donated property on the upper North Fork as a site for the Milford Grange to be built. Andrew died in Lander in 1923 and is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery.

DOWNEY

ANDREW

b. 1852 d. 1923

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1894

Rng & Twn:

34N 100W

Sections:

34,35

Acres:

HE-160

Map #

13

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John Downing was born 1884 on the Henry Harting ranch about one-half mile outside Lander on the Fort Washakie Road. He married Estella McDonald July 15, 1894, in Denver, Colorado, and while residing there they had one son, William Auer Downing, who was born May 18, 1903, in Trinidad, Colorado. In 1920 Downing sold his homestead property that he in absentia had rented out for many years, to B. F. Bowman. No further information was found.

DOWNING

JOHN C.

b. 1844 d. unknown

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1898

Rng & Twn:

33N 99W

Sections:

4,34,35

Acres:

HE-140

Map #

8

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EDWARDS

CHARLES

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1890

Rng & Twn:

34N 98W

Sections:

32

Acres:

HE-159

Map #

11

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Charles Edwards was born in 1860 or 1862 in Iowa. His mother died, perhaps in childbirth, and afterwards he and his father, Isaac Edwards, came west to Utah where Isaac took a young bride, Juanna, age 16. According to the 1870 census they were living at Millersville, a Pony Express and stage stop, near Fort Bridger, Utah Territory. As a young man Charles came to the Lander Valley with James Chambers who was his neighbor at Millersville. Charles settled in the Little Popo Agie area and married the daughter of Frank Lyons, Eda, in 1883. They had two sons, Charles Jr. born 1885, and Albert born in 1887. In addition to his 160-acre homestead, patented in 1890, both he and Eda patented coal land near Hudson in 1892. Throughout 1892 and early 1893 their mines were the major source of coal for Lander. After Eda died, Charles moved the family to Thermopolis, Wyoming, where he married Effie McManigal in 1894. In 1905, an article in the Fremont Clipper reported that: "Charles Edwards, former resident here, will be coming from Thermopolis to Lander with one of his sons to purchase 100 head of cattle at Vaughn's Sale Barn on Saturday. We welcome his return for he has many friends here in the Valley." In the 1900 census Charles appeared with Effie and three daughters, and then in the 1910 census for Anderson, Big Horn County, Wyoming, he was reported widowed (Effie died in 1909) with five children. Although still widowed in the 1920 census, he married a third wife, Martha Melvina Wilson, on September 5, 1920. They had three more children, the last, Charles W. Edwards III in 1925. Charles Edwards retired to Salinas, Monterey County, California where he died on July 10, 1940, at the age of 77.

EDWARDS

CHARLES

b. ca. 1862 d. 1940

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1889

Rng & Twn:

33N 98W

Sections:

3.4

Acres:

SCL-120

Map #

7

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Eda Edwards was the daughter of Frank Lyons who homesteaded on the Little Popo Agie River. She married Charles Edwards on December 24, 1883. They patented coal land near Hudson, Wyoming, in 1892. Sometime after this Eda died as Charles remarried in 1894 in Thermopolis, Wyoming.

EDWARDS

EDA

b. unknown d. unknown

Year Arrived:

Not Available

Patent Year:

1892

Rng & Twn:

33N 98W

Sections:

10

Acres:

SCL-40

Map #

7

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