Addison Spaugh, 1883
Addison Spaugh, 1883

Photo courtesy of photographer Nancy Mayer
Photo courtesy of photographer Nancy Mayer

Niobrara County Library - Addison A. Spaugh (April, 1857 - December 23, 1943)

Addison A. Spaugh (April, 1857 - December 23, 1943)

Johnny & Margaret Thon Files

Addison A. Spaugh, One of Earliest of Pioneers of State, Passes Away In Denver Early Today; Near 87th Year

Thon Book No. 9

A message received here early today from Denver, Colo., brought a wave of sorrow among many Lusk and Manville residents, as it told of the passing of Addison A. Spaugh, one of the earliest pioneers of this community and state. Mr. Spaugh died at his apartment in the Shirley-Savoy hotel at 2:00 o'clock this (Thursday) morning. His wife, Marguerite, was at his bedside when the end came. The deceased had reached the age of 86 years, 7 months and 29 days.

Mr. Spaugh's health had been failing for the past several years, but rapid decline in condition had been noticed since the death of a sister, Mrs. Clara Baker, in August. She had suffered fatal injuries in an automobile accident occurring south of Wheatland. This shock, along with the advanced years seemed to have brought on a general physical breakdown from which there appeared to be no hopes.

The remains will be brought to this city Sunday morning, and last services will be conducted from the chapel of the Peet funeral chapel at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon, December 26th. Rev. C. B. Doughty, pastor of the Douglas Methodist church, will deliver the concluding sermon at the chapel. From here the remains will be conveyed to Manville, where the Masonic lodge will have charge with ritualistic services at the graveside. Interment will be in the Manville cemetery.

Surviving Mr. Spaugh are his wife, Marguerite, two sisters, Mrs. Rosa D. Blair, of Manville, Wyo., and Mrs. Anna M. Davis, of Kansas city, Mo.; and one brother, Billy Spaugh, of Hollywood, Calif. Besides his sister, Mrs. Baker, four brothers, Ollie, Robert, Curtis and Amos, preceded him in death.

Mr. Spaugh was one of the most colorful of all western pioneers, and his long residence in this state provided for him widespread prominence and a deep respect by all whose privilege it was to know him. Orphaned when but a small child, he came to Wyoming when a lad of but 14 years, and from that time on he claimed this as his chosen home.

After he grew to young manhood, he began to acquire land, and entered the stock-raising business for himself. He staked out on a tract of land north of Manville, to which he continued to add as the years passed, and it became the well-known "77" ranch, one of the largest singly-owned domains in this part of the state. He also at one time owned the "TJ" ranch, located northwest of Manville, which is now the property of Sam Joss.

Mr. Spaugh also became interested in politics and for years was one of the ranking Republicans of Wyoming, serving from this county in the state senate. Later years found him more of a liberal and he divided his support between both Democratic and Republican parties.

A great portion of his life - the trials and tribulations of those who helped open the West to civilization; his successes and reverses; the history of a long-past era and much other interesting data are found in the book "The Last Frontier," (by Frasier Hunt, now a war correspondent), written several years ago, and in which Mr. Spaugh is a leading character.

It is impossible at this time to cover the many phases of this man's life but we hope we shall be able to collect and pass on to our readers next week, a sketch which covers a period of almost three-quarters of a century, and is filled with many interesting, thrilling and historic events.

Note: Addison Spaugh's letter concerning the Famous Roundup of 1884, may be found in the Historical section of this website, under Roundup of 1884.

Related Obituaries:

Fern B. Alameda (October 3, 1919 - August 29, 1993)

Angus Bennie Baker (February 25, 1890 - September 23, 1963)

Angus Benjamin Baker (May 26, 1848 - June 26, 1916)

Clara Augusta Baker (1854 - August 13, 1943)

May W. Baker (December 3, 1891 - July 8, 1973)

Rosa Delilah Blair (May 11, 1875 - November 16, 1955)

Thomas H. Blair (March 12, 1859 - March 28, 1924)

George F. Bradley (1875 - December 6, 1912)

Frank Walter Chambers (October 1, 1887 - September 23, 1979)

Clara Estelle Eutsler (August 14, 1890 - April 4, 1955)

Edward Claude Eutsler (December 4, 1884 - July 9, 1945)

Josephine B. Harris (November 2, 1882 - June 7, 1952)

Ida Mary Hilsmann (May 26, 1894 - July 18, 1958)

Don L. Jensen (February 14, 1933 - April 10, 2003)

Rindy Dawn Jensen (December 7, 2001 - December 7, 2001)

James Corbett Kennedy (January 7, 1895 - September 21, 1937)

Josiah Kern (March 31, 1827 - November 7, 1903)

Lucinda M. Kern (April 3, 1831 - April 5, 1910)

Elizabeth Lydia Manorgan (November 21, 1866 - November 22, 1945)

Infant Son Manorgan (June 4, 1898 - June 7, 1898)

Joseph Albert Manorgan (September 22, 1865 - February 12, 1937)

Alfred A. Nelson (March 20, 1938 - October 17, 2015)

Billie Nelson (December 6, 1917 - December 11, 2005)

Elmer H. Nelson (April 18, 1914 - April 5, 2007)

Marjorie Simonton (January 14, 1922 - April 26, 2004)

Amos Lincoln Spaugh (January 13, 1861 - April 30, 1887)

Annette A. Spaugh (October 15, 1908 - November 17, 1964)

Mary Ella Spaugh (March 31, 1869 - July 11, 1928)

William Plum Spaugh (August 18, 1876 - August 27, 1965)

Marjorie E. Vroman (May 14, 1912 - January 26, 1969)

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Manville, Wyoming

Roundup of 1884, by Addison A. Spaugh

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