Alexander Arthur Mashek



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

(March 8, 1868 - February 23, 1940)


From the Tom Weigand Genealogy Collection
November 2, 2006


Alexander A. Mashek, Half Century in County, Passes Away Friday; Remains Laid to Rest Here Sunday Afternoon

Suffering from chronic heart complications for more than a year, Alexander Arthur Mashek, more than half-century resident of this community, passed away at his home in this city at 4:00 o'clock Friday morning, February 23rd. His affliction which had kept him confined to his bed for many weeks, left its mark on the pioneer who one time had been a robust, healthy man. Mr. Mashek was 71 years, 11 months, and 16 days of age at the time of his demise.

Surviving are his wife, Grace; four daughters, Mrs. Vernice Blagg, Lusk, Wyo.; Mrs. Grace McClintock and Mrs. Irene Hirschmann of Lander, Wyo.; and Mrs. Dorothy Hill, Riverton, Wyo.; two sons, Joe and Arthur, both of this city; two sisters, Mrs. Barbara Rider, of Douglas, and Mrs. Mary Pfister, of Lusk; and one brother, Henry of Crawford, Nebr. Fifteen grandchildren and one great grandchild also survive.

Funeral services were conducted from the Congregational Church at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 25th, Rev. Millard H. Marshall, pastor, officiating. Music during the services was offered by the mixed quartet composed of Mrs. Joe Danaher, Mrs. Abdon DeCastro, Brian Dougherty, and J. M. Hungate. Miss Alice Fowler accompanied at the piano. The selections were "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere."

Interment was made in the Lusk cemetery, the remains of Mr. Mashek conveyed to their last resting place by L. R. Van Tassell, Art Thompson, Andy Christian, Earl Mardis, Charlie Hunter, and Russell Bradley.

Mr. Maskek was a native of Bohemia, Austria, born on March 8, 1868. When a lad but seven years old, he migrated to the United States with his parents and they settled near Albion, Nebr. There they lived for thirteen years. In 1889 Mr. Mashek came to this state and filed on a homestead southeast of Lusk, the place now known as the Hunter Hereford ranch.

On January 1st, 1896 he was united in marriage to Miss Grace Clara Rider, the ceremony having been performed in this city.

For many years, Mr. Mashek worked to build up his ranch and increase his stock-raising activities, and later became one of the most prominent men in the industry in eastern Wyoming. During his earlier years here he followed the round-ups, and later connected up with sheep-shearing crews.

He started his second ranch about two miles west of the original place, and after occupying it for a few years, he sold out and entered the general mercantile business at Van Tassell. Later, disposing of the business, he started his third place, located 23 miles north of Lusk, where he made his home until about three years ago when his health forced him to quit active ranch life. He had since that time resided in this city.




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