Margaret Mary "Maggie" (Pfister) Olinger

Margaret Mary Olinger, 1954
Margaret Mary Olinger, 1954

Photo/Debbie Rose
Photo/Debbie Rose

(January 25, 1880 - September 3, 1959)


Library Archives
October, 1959


Maggie Olinger, Longest Residing Pioneer Woman, Dies In Cheyenne

Mrs. Margaret Mary (Maggie) Olinger died unexpectedly last Thursday evening from heart failure. She had been hospitalized overnight in the DePaul Hospital at Cheyenne for what was assumed to be a minor stomach disorder.

For a number of years Mrs. Olinger has been considered to be the longest residing pioneer woman of Niobrara County.

Margaret Mary Pfister was born January 25, 1880 at Junction City, Kan. She and her twin brother, Valentine, were the first of 13 children born of John and Ellen Josephine Pfister, which included three sets of twins. At the age of four she moved by train with her mother and three brothers and sisters, Valentine, John, and Jane, to Cheyenne. Their stock, two wagons and other belongings had been shipped by train and they were met in Cheyenne by John Pfister, the father, and Edward Arnold, an uncle, who had preceeded them to Wyoming. The mother and father each drove a wagon on to a location in the hills southwest of Lusk. Mr. Arnold, who still resides in Lusk, drove the stock. Five years later the Pfister family moved to a new location approximately nine miles southeast of Lusk and here built a ranch which they operated the remainder of their lives.

During the years of her schooling the school terms were only three months long, so she finished her schooling at Junction City, Kansas, and later attended the Grand Island Business School in Nebraska. She taught school in various locations over the state, the Tom Bell ranch, at Uba between Orin Junction and Wheatland, the 77 ranch north of Manville, Sherman's Ranch northeast of Lingle, at a Swedish community between Pine Bluffs and Albin, and various other areas.

In 1909 she and Albert Olinger were married at the Pfister Ranch home and they started ranching north of Lusk near Hat Creek. They were the parents of two children, Donald J. Olinger of Cheyenne and Isabel Williams of Portsmouth, N.H. Her husband died in July 1954. Surviving are her children, Isabel Williams and Donald; four sisters Mrs. Frankie Anderson, Long Beach, Cal., Mrs. Andrew Joy, Kaycee, Mrs. Ella Dean, Node, and Mrs. Annie Wasserburger, Hat Creek; five brothers Valentine Pfister, Node; Edwin Pfister, Hat Creek, Richard Pfister, Sr. Edgemont, John Pfister, Sheridan, and William Pfister, Everett, Wash.; and three grandchildren..




Related Genealogy Entries: 'Margaret Mary (Pfister) Olinger'

Frances C. Anderson (November 13, 1886 - January 21, 1972)

Edward M. Arnold (December 9, 1862 - January 20, 1960)

Thomas F. Arnold (November 9, 1886 - February 9, 1975)

Charles Erwin Blagg (May 20, 1893 - October 25, 1965)

Vernice Renetta Blagg (July 24, 1901 - May 31, 1988)

Sandra Lee Bressie (September 21, 1938 - August 10, 1975)

Roland J. Brown (March 19, 1928 - January 16, 1984)

Carl William Dean (March 8, 1937 - November 19, 1950)

Carl Worthington Dean (December 20, 1885 - October 28, 1947)

Ellen Elizabeth Dean (October 12, 1893 - May 9, 1963)

Estella A. Dean (July 2, 1904 - March 21, 1992)

Fred Homer Dean (November 16, 1899 - October 24, 1965)

Mary Grace Fredrickson (December 8, 1903 - October 1, 1963)

Edward J. Geiser (April 9, 1889 - December 10, 1967)

Mary Jane Geiser (July 3, 1899 - November 3, 1980)

George Gibson (September 22, 1900 - March 1, 1960)

Helen Ethel Gibson (February 7, 1902 - January 4, 1999)

Helen Hale (May 30, 1910 - April 29, 1992)

Dorothy M. Hill (May 1, 1910 - October 19, 1994)

Archie Huey (December 25, 1902 - August 18, 1990)

William M. Huey (1907 - September 10, 1969)

Alice F. Jones (August 14, 1912 - November 19, 1985)

Andrew Joy (October 21, 1881 - May 19, 1975)

Hannah Jane Joy (October 21, 1881 - January 4, 1988)

Alex Joseph Mashek (August 25, 1899 - February 26, 1964)

Alexander Arthur Mashek (March 8, 1868 - February 23, 1940)

Arthur James Mashek (May 13, 1908 - August 22, 1984)

August Joseph Mashek (August 24, 1876 - November 18, 1931)

Donald Arthur Mashek (November 26, 1939 - February 26, 1940)

Dorothy Mashek (August 9, 1917 - October 16, 1972)

Grace Clara Mashek (June 25, 1880 - April 3, 1962)

Henry Mashek (July 12, 1871 - August 24, 1943)

Ivy Mashek (June 13, 1888 - April 9, 1964)

Joseph Mashek (1835 - December 19, 1914)

Kenneth Lyle Mashek (July 21, 1924 - January 30, 1953)

Marian Faye Mashek (October 6, 1919 - June 14, 1980)

Raleigh Carl Mashek (December 6, 1907 - December 1, 1966)

Robert Theodore Mashek (June 26, 1920 - May 8, 1964)

Gordon Massek (October 18, 1921 - October 30, 1936)

Anna Marcella McMichael (January 14, 1898 - March 12, 1926)

Albert James Olinger (January 5, 1880 - July 30, 1954)

Donald J. Olinger (April 8, 1910 - April 6, 2002)

Elsie Jean Olinger (Date Unknown - March 1, 1986)

Elvira Olinger (July 27, 1890 - March 31, 1974)

Harry James Olinger (August 9, 1913 - November 16, 1948)

Miriam E. Wood Olinger (December 13, 1915 - October 31, 1994)

Ralph Irving Olinger (May 20, 1885 - February 6, 1965)

Arthur Pfister (October 27, 1900 - December 9, 1900)

Edwin Thomas Pfister (April 17, 1895 - July 31, 1967)

Ella Josephine Pfister (November 11, 1861 - April 7, 1926)

Frances Elizabeth Pfister (April 19, 1889 - February 18, 1980)

George T. Pfister (December 21, 1920 - June 23, 2001)

Hannah Jane Pfister (January 25, 1839 - June 1, 1919)

Henry Valentine Pfister (March 22, 1906 - July 7, 1988)

Inez Viola Pfister (May 26, 1913 - August 12, 1955)

Jack Edwin Pfister (November 24, 1925 - December 27, 1992)

Jack Edwin Pfister (November 15, 1954 - August 1, 1997)

John Edward Pfister (December 15, 1883 - September 15, 1961)

John James Pfister (December 13, 1917 - September 19, 1993)

John C. Pfister (February 2, 1857 - June 13, 1939)

John Russell Pfister (November 2, 1901 - September 25, 1929)

Joseph V. Pfister (February 14, 1919 - January 26, 2001)

Lawrence Joseph Pfister (September 12, 1954 - September 12, 1954)

Lenore Margaret Pfister (November 5, 1914 - April 1, 2004)

Leo Pfister (July 18, 1897 - September 18, 1897)

Lulu A. Pfister (March 22, 1883 - January 27, 1966)

Martha Elizabeth Pfister (March 17, 1892 - December 13, 1974)

Mary Josephine Pfister (June 22, 1879 - March 14, 1952)

Nettie E. Pfister (September 16, 1883 - November 10, 1950)

Paul A. Pfister (April 24, 1917 - July 28, 1994)

Richard Gene Pfister (March 30, 1931 - September 14, 2005)

Richard Gordon Pfister (May 27, 1920 - June 7, 1989)

Richard Gordon Pfister (December 6, 1945 - December 4, 1971)

Richard Valentine Pfister (October 17, 1876 - July 28, 1955)

Richard Gordon Pfister (September 17, 1885 - April 9, 1968)

Robert R. Pfister (July 11, 1932 - January 26, 1997)

Serena Louise Pfister (December 11, 1904 - April 6, 2000)

Thomas Pfister (September 14, 1883 - January 14, 1954)

Toni Kay Pfister (April 24, 1953 - October 3, 1953)

Valentine Pfister (January 25, 1880 - January 18, 1970)

Valentine Pfister (February 7, 1828 - November 24, 1913)

Vincent Pfister (October 12, 1893 - October 13, 1954)

William Pfister (December 4, 1888 - November 13, 1966)

Emma Barbara Rider (December 6, 1881 - July 10, 1959)

Florence May Rider (November 19, 1904 - November 22, 1904)

Harry Chase Snyder (June 24, 1861 - November 23, 1916)

William Updike (Date Unknown - January 10, 1952)

Anna Josephine Wasserburger (October 27, 1900 - August 9, 1977)

Muriel M. Wiegand (February 9, 1911 - November 23, 1997)

Ellen Isabel Williams (January 28, 1917 - July 5, 2007)


Related Historical Entries: 'Margaret Mary (Pfister) Olinger'

No related entries available.






| A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |


Genealogy Search

Type your search terms into the box below and his 'Search!' to begin searching the genealogy archives.




The Niobrara County Library Foundation, Inc. accepts online donations. Click to contribute via PayPal or credit/debit card.


Peruse our extensive genealogical archives, with entries sorted alphabetical by first and last name.
We are currently adding birth record information to the website, with entries sorted alphabetical by first and last name.
This resource provides an alphabetical listing of names, broken down by cemetery, of those buried in area cemeteries. This resource can assist you in locating the exact location of these grave sites.
Genealogy Links

Debbie Sturman, Director
425 South Main Street, P O Box 510
Lusk, WY 82225-0510
Phone: 307-334-3490
© 2014, Niobrara County Library