People & Peoples
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|Crane, Arthur, welcome of to UW campus, 1922||Phil Roberts|
|Curry, Peggy Simson, Wyoming Poet Laureate 1981-1987||Lori Van Pelt|
|Daniel Lantz grave||Randy Brown|
|Dansie, Charlotte, pioneer grave of||Randy Brown|
|David, Bob in World War I||Tom Rea|
|Dawes General Allotment Act, 1887||WyoHistory.org|
|De Smet, Father in Wyoming||Rebecca Hein|
|Deming, W. Edwards||Doug McInnis|
|Dixon, Joseph K.||Johanna Wickman|
|Downey, June Etta, longtime University of Wyoming psychology professor||Rebecca Hein|
People & Peoples
Mathew Campfield, African-American Union Army veteran, worked as a barber and was elected coroner of Natrona County, Wyo., in the early 1890s. Decades earlier, he froze both feet when he lived in Kansas and ever afterward walked on wooden ones. His Army pension records reveal a great deal about his life.
Three-year-old Ada Magill of Kansas, died of dysentery in 1864 on the Oregon Trail west of present Glenrock, Wyo. The Magills were bound for Oregon. In 1912, road surveyor L. C. Bishop moved the grave to a site nearby, where it is now marked by the Oregon-California Trails Association.
In 1988, following extensive research regarding her identity, 1852 Oregon Trail traveler Quintina Snodderly’s remains were re-interred where they had been found in 1974 on private land east of present Casper, Wyo., as part of the Oregon-California Trails Association project to preserve graves of trail travelers.
On a jittery night in 1864, a lone warrior stole three horses from a California-bound wagon train west of present Glenrock, Wyo. Early next morning, emigrant Martin Ringo died from an accidental gunshot. His grave is still there, on private land. Johnny Ringo, his son, was later a famous outlaw.
In the early 1900s, Jewish families came from eastern cities to Goshen County, Wyo., seeking a better life in the West. They farmed, raised families, founded schools and worshiped in private homes. Many were discouraged by the harsh farm life, however, and nearly all left by the 1930s.