Miscellaneous News Clippings 1898 - 1904


The Salt Lake Herald. January 09, 1899
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

MURDER AT THERMOPOLIS

Charles Sells a Cattleman Killed By a Saloonkeeper
(Special to The Herald)
Lander, Wyo., Jan. 8. – N. B. Kinnear, a ranchman on the Big Wind river, on the line of the Ft Washakie-Thermopolis stage line arrived here today and said that the stage driver had brought the news to his ranch on Saturday evening of a killing at Thermopolis on Friday night at about 12 o'clock. Early in the evening a crowd of men got out and were drinking and shooting up the town general and in one instance shot all the lights of a saloon out. A quarrel resulted between Jack Hollywood, a saloonkeeper, and Charles Sells, foreman for the Padlok Cattle company, and Hollywood struck Sells several times on the head with a six shooter knocking him down and bruising and cutting his head in a horrible manner. Sells was picked up and taken into a room in the back of the saloon and placed on a bed.
Several more rounds of whisky were taken, and at 2 o'clock, when the proprietor of the saloon prepared to close up his place he stepped into the room to see how Sells was and found him dead.
No news was brought as to what has been done with Hollywood. The latter is a brother-in-law of the notorious "Slick" Hard, who is now doing time in the Laramie penitentiary for a murder, Hollywood has always borne a good reputation and he has prospered in business.

The Salt Lake Herald. January 12, 1899
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

KILLING AT THERMOPOLIS

Three Men Arrested For the Murder of Sayles

(Special to The Herald)
Lander, Wyo., Jan 11. – A special courier from Thermopolis today brings the particulars of the killing which took place at that town on the evening of the 6th inst. The row began in the saloon of Jack Hollywood the man who did the killing and was over a bill which Sayles was owing him. Sayles paid the bill, and was followed out to the sidewalk where more words passed, and Hollywood struck him over the head with a gun.
A coroners jury was impaneled. The verdict was in accordance with the above facts, and two other men were implicated as accessories. They are Stanley Miller, a gambler, and W. S. Edgell, a barber. The three men were arrested and a preliminary examination was set for yesterday. Owing to the distance from Lander and the absence of telegraphic communication the result of the examination is not yet known here.

The Salt Lake Herald. February 02, 1899
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

CLEANING OUT THE TOUGHS

Authorities at Thermopolis Have Their Hands Full

(Special to The Herald)
Lander. Wyo., Feb. 1. – The newly-incorporated town of Thermopolis, Fremont county, is having a time with the rough element of that city. The justice is having his hands full taking care of the unruly members. The town has been terrorized for some time by this unlawful element and since incorporation an effort is being made to break it up.
The city authorities today sent in to Lander one Charles Chandler under a jail sentence of six months and to pay a fine of $100 and costs for the promiscuous handling and firing of a revolver and the holding-up of citizens of that town. Upon arriving here, Chandler took an appeal to the district court and gave bonds for his apnearance at the next term of said court. Chandler is a barkeeper for John Hollywood, the man who is now confined in the county Jail for the murder of Charles Sayles at Thermopolis on the 6th of January.

The Salt Lake Herald. February 13, 1899
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

EXTENSION OF BURLINGTON

Report That It Will Build to Thermopolis

(Special to The Herald)
Thermopolis, Wyo., Feb. 10. – Teamsters who have arrived here from Huntley, Mont., the present terminus of the Burlington road, say that the company has recently unloaded a large amount of steel rails and scrapers at that place for the purpose, it is said, of continuing the line on westward. It is reported in Huntley that the proposed line will be from Huntley through Priors gap, across Big Horn basin to Thermopolis, thence in a westerly direction to the line of the Oregon Short Line in Idaho. During the past few weeks General Manager Holdrege of the Burlington has paid several visits to Huntley and all persons here believe that the proposed road will be built. The line was surveyed last summer.

The Salt Lake Herald. June 22, 1899
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

HOT ON THEIR TRAIL

Posses Are Closing In On the Train Robbers

THEY CANNOT ESCAPE

INDIANS AND BLOODHOUNDS NOW TRACKING THEM

Seen Coming Out of the Bad Lands On the Wind River Reservation

Bought Up All the Ammunition In Thermopolis and Also Secured Supplies

(Special to The Herald)
Lander, Wyo., June 21. – John Hays post butcher at Fort Washakie on Monday afternoon about 6 o'clock saw three men on horseback with two pack horses coming out of the bad lands on the Wind River reservation about twelve miles from Big Wind river. The men were traveling west and Hays knowing that the robbers were expected to pass through that country watched them until they went into camp on Crow creek, a short distance from Crow Heart Butte. He put back to the river and there met J. C. Baldwin with a posse of six Shoshone police who he put on the trail.
On Tuesday evening a posse of fourteen men led by A. M. Sparhawk of the Denver secret force camped near the camping place of the robbers of the evening before. This posse had followed the trail of the robbers from the northwestern corner of Natrona county, keeping the trail with blood hounds. The robbers crossed the Big Horn river four miles below Thermopohis Sunday night and some time during the night sent a man to Thermopohis who purchased all the 30-30 ammunition in the town and a lot of supplies.
The robbers are keeping away from the roads and trails and going through the roughest section of the country. Recent rains have fallen and the trailers now have no trouble in following the trail by the footprints of their horses. They are heading directly for "Jackson Hole" but with the posses following them they will undoubtedly be cut off before they can reach it. The Shoshone Indians, composing one of the posses, know every foot of the country and will no doubt be able to take a cutoff that will bring them in ahead of them.
Sparhawks posse is gaining ground fast and travels several more miles a day than do the bandits. It is thoroughly believed that the capture will be made in a few days as it is almost impossible for the bandits to get out of the country in which they now are.

HEADED TOWARD UTAH

Belief That Bandits Are Making For Powder Springs Rendezvous

(Special to The Hernia)
Vernal, Utah, June 21. – Sheriff Preece with several men left here late last night for the Browns Park country. A careful inquiry leads to the conclusion that advices have been received concerning the movements of the Union Pacific train robbers.
The sudden departure of Sheriff Preece gives rise to the belief that the fugitives are headed this way. Should the bandits reach the old Power Springs rendezvous in advance of the officers it is feared by many that they will find supplies and perhaps reinforcements awaiting them as there is no question but there is constant communication between the different central points of operation. Sheriff Preece is thoroughly familiar with the country around Powder Springs and Brown's Park, having made many trips into that wild section and should the outlaws invade the old haunts of Tracy and Lant they will no doubt receive as warm a reception did those desperate characters.
Powder Springs is close to the line of the three states, Colorado, Utah, and ,Wyoming and is an Ideal place for the rendezvous of bad men. But of late Sheriff Preece has kept such a watch on the place that matters have been pretty quiet although different parties have reported signs of life at the old stand on several occasions. Should the fugitives reach this station they will run up against the hardest combination they have encountered for Uintah county has some of the most determined men in the west, men who balk at nothing and are ever ready to assist the officers at a moments notice.

IN ANOTHER DIRECTION

Robbers Believed to Be Heading For Big Horn River

(Special to The Herald)
Cheyenne, Wyo., June 21. – A courier arrived in Casper tonight from Thermopolis with the news that the Union Pacific train robbers were trail ed to "The Bridges" on Kerby creek fifteen miles from Thermopolis. United States Mar shal Hadsell was two days behind the robbers, but having secured fresh horses at Thermopolis was gaining upon the bandits. The latter seemed to be heading for McDonald's ferry on the Big Horn river Today the Union Pacific sent Engineer Jones and Postal Clerk Deitrick, who were on the train which was held up, to Dillon Mont to see if they could identify the two suspects arrested there yesterday.

The Salt Lake Herald. August 12, 1899
Salt Lake City, Utah 1870-1909

TO BRIDGE BIG HORN

Wyoming State Engineer Decides On Location

(Special Correspondence.)
Cheyenne, Wyo., Aug. 10. – State Engineer Fred Bond returned today from Thermopolis hot springs, in Big Horn county, where he made an examination for a site for a bridge over the Big Horn river at that point. Mr. Bond will report on a site for a bridge and it is expected a structure will be built sometime between now and next spring. Mr Bond states that upwards of 200 visitors were enjoying the health giving waters of the hot springs, many of the visitors having come from the Hot Springs of South Dakota.

The Saint Paul Globe. November 06, 1901
St. Paul, Minn. 1896-1905

First 'Legal Hanging in Years.

BASIN CITY, Wyo., Nov. 5. – Jorn Fenton, alias A. A. Winters, who several weeks ago shot and killed Mrs. A. . L. Hoover, on the streets at Thermopolis, was today found guilty of murder in the first degree and sentenced to be hanged. Fenton became enamored of Mrs. Hoover and proposed marriage. On her refusal he shot her, killing her instantly. It will be the first legal hanging in Wyoming for ten years.

Valentine Democrat. June 25, 1903
Valentine, Neb. 1900-1930

By mistake last week we stated that A. J. Irwin, of Thermopolis, was dead. It was Mrs. A. J. Ir- win who died.

The Ocala Banner. August 12, 1904
Ocala, Marion County, Fla. 1883-194?

Forest Fire Raging

Lander, Wyo., August 11. – A forest fire is raging in the Wind river mountains betweenthis place and Thermopolis and alread reported to have destroyed a large area of timber.
The fire is working eastard and a number of ranches and mining properties are directly in its path. The inhabitant of the forest ranges have turned out to fight the flames.

The Ocala Banner. November 11, 1904
Ocala, Marion County, Fla. 1883-194?

OFFICERS OUTWITTED

Bank Robbers Disguised as Proepcctors Make Escape

Thermopolis, Wyo., Nov. 9. – Sheriff Fanton of Big Horn county and and a posse have returned from the chase after Harvey Logan and his gang of Cody bank robbers and reports that Logan, by the boldest piece of daring outwitted the officers and made his escape out of the country and is now well out of the state.
Logan disguised as a prospector, with an old packmule loaded with tools and provisions tramped out of the Hole-in-the-Wall country past the posses and made his way to Caspar. where he took a train. The balance of the gang split up, two disappearing completely and two more doubling back in the mountains 2 miles from Thermopolis.

The Saint Paul Globe. November 17, 1904
St. Paul, Minn. 1896-1905

MAY BE CODY ROBBER

Suspect Is Captured In Northern Wyoming

CODY, Wyo., Nov. 16. – One of the robbers who held up and killed Cashier Middaugh, of the Cody National bank and made their escape with a considerable sum of money, has been captured in Northern Wyoming. The prisoner appears to fill the description of the one who shot Middaugh.
The capture was made by three men in the Big Horn valley, a few miles from Thermopolis. The men rode cautiously on the ruffian and got the drop on him. Questioned as to the identity and whereabouts of his partner, he refused to talk. Upon his person were found a revolver and some money that are known to be the same as that taken in the holdup at Edward's saloon at Thermopolis yesterday.

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Nov. 16. – A dispatch from Thermopolis says that two men who were among those that pursued the two men who held up a saloon several nights ago in Thermopolis overtook the shorter man of the two yesterday at the mouth of Owl creek. When called on to surrender he made no resistance, but threw away his gun. He was brought back to Thermopolis this evening and placed In jail. It has not been learned whether he was one of the men who killed Cashier Middaugh. The opinion prevails at Thermopolis that he is not.

The San Francisco Call. November 16, 1904
San Francisco, Calif. 1895-1913

MASKED BANDITS HOLD UP WYOMING GAMBLING HALL

Believed to Be the Same Men Who Robbed Bank at Cody and Shot Cashier.

CHEYENNE. Wyo.. Nov. 15. – Two masked bandits entered Charles Edwards' saloon and gambling house in Thermopolis early to-day, lined all the dealers and players against the wall and secured all the money and valuables in the place. The amount of plunder is not known, but it is believed to be large. It is thought the robbers are the men who attempted to rob the bank at Cody a few weeks ago and killed Cashier I. O. Middaugh.

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