Catherine "Katie" (Sothman) Hitshew

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

(March 16, 1877 - July 22, 1959)


From the Tom Weigand Genealogy Collection
November 3, 2006


Funeral Held for Mrs. Hitshew County Pioneer

Funeral services for Mrs. W.S.Hitshew, 82, long time resident and pioneer of Wyoming, were held Friday at 2:30 p.m. from the Peet Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jacob Nrin officiating. Burial was in the Lusk Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Bardo, Dale M. Bardo and Samuel M. Thomas sang "Sweet Hour Of Prayer" and "Asleep in Jesus". Mrs J.P. Watson was organist. Pall bearers were Harry Fernau Sr., Arthur Keller, C.A. Whelan, Ralph Swisher, Everette Brooks and Earl Maxwell.

Catherine Sothman Hitshew was born March 16, 1877 in Germany, the daughter of Claus and Margaret Sothman. She came to the United States with her parents at the age of two and settled in Clinton, Ia. The family later moved to Wyoming in the Vicinity of Keeline in 1888.

She and William Sherdian Hitshew were married July 5, 1894 at Manville at the home of Justice of the Peace Harry Higby. They were the parents of five children; Mrs.Oscar Siegle, Ely, Nev., Mrs. Harold Bacheller, Casper,. Mrs. Jerry T.Costin, Lafayette, Calif., Mrs. Veldon H. Saul, Douglas, John Wesley Hitshew, Antioc, Calif., three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Her husband died previously.

The family moved to Lusk in 1910 where she has resided continuously until last year when she suffered an accident in her home which eventually resulted in her death. She has made her home in Douglas with a daughter, Mrs. Saul, the past year.



The Thon Files
July 23, 1959
Mrs. Hitschew Dies Wednesday


Mrs. W. S. Hitshew, 82, died Wednesday morning in the Spencer Hospital from complications resulting from a fractured hip. Funeral services are tentatively planned for Friday at 2:00 p.m. from Peet Chapel.

Survivors include four daughters and one son.



The Lusk Herald
July 6, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Sherd Hitshew Pass Fifty Years Happy Married Life


Mr. and Mrs. Sherd Hitshew observed their Golden Wedding anniversary, following 50 years of happy married life together.

Mrs. Hitshew was born in Iowa in 1877 and in 1888 moved to Wyoming with her parents. They settled in Keeline about two miles from the Hitshew ranch.

Mr. Hitshew was born in the year 1865 in Tennessee and lived there until he was 17, moving with his parents he came to Wyoming in 1882 and has made his home here since.

They were married July 5, 1894, one mile west of Manville at Harry Higby's home, with Harry Higby, the Justice of the Peace, officiating. Mrs. Higby and Mr. Perry were the witnesses. Following the wedding, the couple went to Mr. Hitshew's ranch home, which is four miles west of Keeline, where they resided for a number of years.

As the children grew old enough for school, Mrs. Hitshew would move to Manville for the school term to be with them, and then move back to the ranch in the summer.

In 1911 they moved to Lusk so as to be able to send their five children through high school, following which they sent them through the University of Wyoming at Laramie.

Three daughters and their families came to help celebrate the occasion, these being the Harold I. Bacheller family of Casper; Mrs. Elva Costin of Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Juliana Saul of Douglas. Mrs. Ida Siegle of Ely, Nevada, and Petty Officer John Wesley Hitshew of San Diego, Calif, were unable to come.




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