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(November 19, 1836 - June 13, 1918)
The Lusk Herald
June 30, 1918
Captain William F. Louger
William F. Louger was born at Lowell, Mass., Nov. 19th, 1836, and passed out of this life June 13th, 1918, being at the time aged 82 years, 6 months and 25 days.
On May 8th, 1861, he was united in marriage to Miss Caroline Senter and to this union two children were born, one of whom died in infancy. Mrs. Louger preceded him to the life beyond about three years ago. He is survived by one son, Wm. F. Louger, Jr., one sister, Mrs. May Ayres, of Omaha, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Seven years ago Cap. (as he was always known) and Mrs. Louger celebrated their golden wedding and on the occasion a large concourse of Lusk people called on them to offer felicitations on the unusual event.
Mr. Louger united with the Worthington St. Baptist church, Lowell, in 1859; he was also a member of the Masonic order, having joined during the Civil war in the south and, at the time of his death, holding a dimit from Franklin Lodge No. 109, N.C., dated July 15, 1867.
Cap. Louger, was Civil war veteran, having enlisted three days after his wedding as a private in the 2nd Reg. Mass. Heavy Artillery. In May 1863 he was commissioned a second lieutenant in Co. C.; in September of the same year he was made a first lieutenant, and on May 14, 1864, he was honored by receiving a captaincy in Co. B of the same regiment. In this latter year the newly made captain was stricken with yellow fever at New Berne, N.C., and it was October of that year before he was allowed to travel north to be again with his bride whom he had not seen for three years.
He was mustered out at Smithville, N.C., in 1865 and in 1866 he and Mrs. Louger came west and settled in Omaha where for years the Captain was shop master in the Burlington R.R. car shops. In 1885 they came to Lusk - then Silver Cliff - and when the present townsite was laid out they moved here and till 1909 the Captain engaged in the furniture business when he sold out to the present owner.
He was widely known in eastern Wyoming, being the only bailiff Converse county had up to the time of the division of the county and the organization of Niobrara. He was also coroner of Converse for about 20 years. When this county was formed he was made its first coroner and also bailiff, and no one ever performed their duties in those offices with more precision and integrity than the deceased Captain. He was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him, and those who knew him best esteemed him most.
The funeral took place last Saturday at 3 o'clock in the afternoon, the service being conducted by Rev. O.E.A. Blenkarn, and internment was in Lusk cemetery by the side of his departed spouse.
Card Of Thanks
For the many acts of kindness, for the sympathy and sincerity of the Masons, neighbors and friends in our late bereavement, and for the beautiful floral tributes to the memory of our dear one, we send our sincere thanks.
Mrs. Cora B. Louger and family
Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Magoon
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