Florence M. (Bedford) Pinkerton

Florence Pinkerton
Florence Pinkerton

Photo courtesy of photographer Chuck James
Photo courtesy of photographer Chuck James

(February 7, 1902 - March 7, 1989)


The Lusk Herald
March 15, 1989


Florence M. Pinkerton

Services for Florence M. Pinkerton, age 87, were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 1989 in the Peet Mortuary Chapel with Rev. Mark Lohr officiating. Organist was Edna DeCastro and Joy Kaltenhauser sang "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "The Old Rugged Cross." Pallbearers were Cliff Wilkison, Jack Kettler, Robert Metcalf, Orville Dryer, William Dryer, and Jim Ladwig. Interment was in Dellview Cemetery at Manville.

Mrs. Pinkerton died Tuesday, March 7, 1989, at the Niobrara County Nursing Home in Lusk. She was born February 7, 1902 in Ashland, NE, the daughter of Hezekiah and Maude Bedford. In 1914 the family moved to Wyoming and homesteaded 15 miles northwest of Manville.

She married Clarence A. Pinkerton on January 7, 1920. They worked on various ranches in the Manville area until the death of Clarence's father in 1930, when they moved to the family homestead to operate the ranch for his mother. Several years later they purchased the ranch and continued to make their home there. Mr. Pinkerton died in 1964 and in 1968, their daughter and son-in-law, Mildred and Richard Ladwig leased the ranch and later purchased it. Mrs. Pinkerton moved to Manville where she lived for 10 years and in 1979, she moved into the Ranger apartments in Lusk. In 1987, she entered the Niobrara County Nursing Home until her unfortunate death.

Mrs. Pinkerton was a charter member of the Manville Homemaker's Club which was organized in 1928. They honored her with a lifetime membership in 1986. She was also a member of the "Royal Neighbors of America."

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Frank, Orville, and Carl.

Survivors include: a daughter, Mildred Ladwig of Manville, a son, Clarence Pinkerton of Cheyenne; a sister, Alberta of the Shepherd of the Valley Home in Casper; two sister-in-laws, Mattie Bedford of Fairland, Oklahoma and Eda Brumett of Loveland, Colorado; 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

For those who wish, memorials to the Niobrara Senior Center will be appreciated by the family.



Funeral brings family together

The family attending Florence M. Pinkerton's funeral services were reunited after 14 years.

Those attending were: Richard & Lois Ladwig and sons Richard and Brian of Rapid City S.D., Ernest Ladwig of Oak Harbor, WA, Linda Butler of Clovis, N.M., William Dryer of Thorton, CO, William Dryer of Casper, WY, Mr. & Mrs. Orville Dryer of Hot Springs, S.D., Jim Ladwig of Denver, CO, Mr. & Mrs. Tom Fagan of Casper, WY and life time friends Ed & Rosie Hersch, Elizabeth Fosher & Kathrine Marigard of Torrington.








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