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Niobrara County Library - Hans Meng (April 4, 1886 - January 26, 1961)

Hans Meng (April 4, 1886 - January 26, 1961)

The Lusk Herald
February 2, 1961

Hans Meng, Early Pioneer of Red Bird Area, Dies

Hans Meng, 74, rancher in the Red Bird area since 1908, died of cancer in Hot Springs last Thursday after a long illness.

Funeral services were held at the Peet Chapel in Lusk at 2:00 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Roger Koen officiating. Mrs. A. F. DeCastro and Mrs. Emerson Bonner sang "Beyond the Sunset" and "Beautiful Isle," with Mrs. J. P. Watson as organist. Pallbearers were: Everett Thomas, Hank Montgomery, Phil Brewster, Horace Graham, Ted Jones, and Richard Pfister. Honorary bearers were: Albert DeGering, Ray DeGering, Dick Pfister, Sr., Everett Bird, Woodson Graham, Glen Langley, Maurice Keel, C. A. David, Robert Porter, and Clayton Bennett. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.

Hans Meng was born in Scotland, S. Dak. April 4, 1886 and came to Ardmore, S. Dak. with his parents as an infant. As a young man he worked at various ranches in the vicinity and with the CY round-up. He took up a homestead near the present site of the Red Bird Store in 1908. Mr. Meng married Hazel Mae Jones in April 1917, and they were the parents of two children. Mrs. Meng died in 1942. He married Mrs. Florence Gramberg in 1946, and they resided on the ranch until 1952 when they moved to Hot Springs.

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Mrs. Vaughn Freeman of Casper; a son James Meng of Red Bird; a step-son Earl Gramberg; a sister, Mrs. Marie Raben of Crawford; a brother George Meng of Anaheim, Calif. and three grandchildren.

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