Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

Jacob and Philiphena wedding 1883
Jacob and Philiphena wedding 1883

Niobrara County Library - Philiphena (Kappelman) Mill (September 29, 1863 - September 8, 1927)

Philiphena (Kappelman) Mill (September 29, 1863 - September 8, 1927)

The Lusk Herald
September 8, 1927


Passes Away at Home of Daughter in Glenrock, After Brief Illness

Mrs. Philiphena Mill, wife of Jacob Mill, pioneer residents of Niobrara county, died at 4:00 o'clock Thursday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stewart Boyd, in Glenrock after an illness of about two years of stomach trouble.

While Mrs. Mill had been in poor health for some time, and had been taking treatments for about two years, her death came as a distinct shock to her host of friends in this section of Wyoming, who believed she was on the road to recovery.

Mrs. Mill had been in Casper for about two weeks, taking treatment from a physician there, and was believed so much improved that she went to the home of her daughter in Glenrock.

She had undergone treatment in a hosptal in Aliance, Neb., and last fall spent some time in Denver under care of a specialist, but failed to find relief for her ailment.

The end came rather unexpectedly at 4:00 o'clock Thursday morning, surrounded by her entire family.

The remains will be shipped to Lusk this evening, arriving here on the 10 o'clock Northwestern. Funeral services will be held here Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock from St. George's Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Mill is one of the pioneer residents of this section of Wyoming, having come here about forty years ago.

Besides her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Christina B. Cook of Hat Creek, and Mrs. Stewart Boyd of Glenrock; and three sons, David, William and George Mill, all of Lusk.

The Lusk Herald
September 15, 1927
Large Crowd of Friends Attend Services For Lusk Pioneer Woman

Funeral services for Mrs. Jacob Mill, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Stewart Boyd, in Glenrock last Thursday morning, were held in Lusk last Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, interment being made in the Lusk Cemetery.

The arrangements were in charge of the Midwest Funeral Home, and the Episcopal burial services were given by Miss Bakewell, rector of St. George's Episcopal Church of Lusk, of which deceased was a member.

Pallbearers at the funeral were Ed Arnold, J. W. Christian, Leslie McCarthy, Chris Joss, Henry Petz and Ralph Olinger.

David Mill, a brother of Jacob Mill and Ord McKinley drove up from Sterling, Colo., to attend the funeral.

The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Lusk, and was attended by old-time friends from this section of the state. The casket was piled high with beautiful floral tributes, attesting the esteem in which Mrs. Mill was held by scores of friends.

Philiphena Kappelman was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on September 29, 1863. (Note: Most census reports indicate that she was born in 1865, which coincides with her gravestone.) She was united in marriage to Jacob Mill at Des Moines on October 28, 1883. They moved to the Black Hills, near Fairburn, in October, 1885, and from there came to Hat Creek in September, 1891, and have been continuous residents here since that time.

In addition to her immediate family, Mrs. Mill is survived by two sisters, Maggie Kirschen and Kate Hoosier, both of De Moines, Iowa, and one brother, Pete Kappelman, also of Des Moines.

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