The Lusk Herald
April 2, 1953
Lady Murdered at Wheatland Sister of Local People
Mrs. Frances Williamson, 53-year-old motel operator of Wheatland, who with Walt Ackerblade, 55, was murdered at a Wheatland cafe Saturday night, was a sister of three Lusk people, D R. McCullough, Mrs. Edith Traphagan and Mrs. Lenora Cordell.
Clay (Tricky) Riggles, 53-year-old alleged killer of the two, was apprehended late Monday, ending a two-day search by Platte County sheriff's officers and volunteer posse members.
Funeral services were being held at Laramie at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon with burial there.
Mrs. Williamson and Ackerblade were riddled by seven of nine shots from a .22 caliber automatic rifle in the hands of Riggles, witnesses said. He walked into the quiet lunch room and up to the couple where he was quoted as saying, "Okay, I told you you were going to get it, now here it is."
Nine rapid shots interrupted any possible answers. Two of them struck Mrs. Williamson, one in the heart, and five hit Ackerblade.
After Riggles fled in a car, road blocks were thrown up even in the Lusk area. Word was received here at 8:20 and while Sheriff Ben Brown manned the county radio two road blocks were set up. Highway Patrolman R. E. Magee and Deputy Sheriff T. L. Cantwell went to the Meadows store in the Flattop area, and Patrolman M. S. Jordan and Deputy Game Warden I.B. Bartels formed a block at Lost Spring. Constant radio contact was maintained with Torrington, Douglas and Wheatland as well as Cheyenne and Laramie over the new radio hookup. The blocks were maintained until 4:00 a.m.
Leonard Zachariah Baughn (August 24, 1882 - August 1, 1960)Lenora M. Cordell (March 8, 1894 - February 21, 1973)Michael Cordell (August 21, 1892 - April 5, 1973)James Edward Marsh (February 23, 1888 - February 13, 1953)David R. McCullough (July 2, 1887 - December 12, 1971)Gerald McCullough (December 4, 1910 - May 12, 1978)Margaret Rose McCullough (March 13, 1918 - June 25, 1979)Baby Girl Traphagan (Date Unknown - 1925)Edith Laura Traphagan (March 13, 1890 - July 16, 1976)Joseph Harold Traphagan (February 21, 1896 - August 19, 1973)Effie Marsh Twite (October 8, 1892 - December, 1991)
Related Birth Records:
Related Historical Entries:
No related entries available.
Type your search terms into the box below and his 'Search!' to begin searching the
The Niobrara County Library Foundation, Inc. accepts online donations. Click to contribute via PayPal or credit/debit card.
Peruse our extensive genealogical archives, with entries sorted alphabetical by first and last name.
We are currently adding birth record information to the website, with entries sorted alphabetical by first and last name.
This resource provides an alphabetical listing of names, broken down by cemetery, of
those buried in area cemeteries. This resource can assist you in locating the exact location of these grave