Charles Logan Brewster

(March 14, 1875 - November 15, 1959)


The Lusk Herald
November 19, 1959


C.L. Brewster Dies Here Sun

Charles Logan Brewster, 84, prominent pioneer rancher of the Cheyenne River Community died Sunday morning at the Spencer Hospital of a heart attack. He had been in ill health for some time.

Mr. Brewster was born in Collingwood, Canada, and came to Lead, S. Dak., in 1888 when he was 13 years of age. As a youth he pospected and worked with cattle, finally settling in the Cheyenne River area.

Funeral services are being held this Thursday at the Peet Mortuary at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Edgement Cemetery.


The Lusk Herald
November 26, 1959

Colorful Life of C.L. Brewster Closes Nov. 15


Funeral services for Charles Logan Brewster were held at 1:00 p.m. last Thursday. He died in Lusk Nov. 15.

Dr. Richard Collins, Harry Lyon, Mrs. Robert Bramlet, and Neoma Taylor sang "Tumbling Tumbleweeks" and "God Be With You". Mrs. J.P. Watson was organist.

Pallbearers were Stan Brewster, Phillip Brewster, Clarence Moulton, James Barrett and Gene Francis. Honorary bearers were Everett Bird, Dudley Fields, C.E. Marvin, Carl Spacht, Ray DeGering, Richard Pfister Sr., Shorty Weston, Donley Unruh and Andrew Christian.

Burial was in the Edgemont Cemetery.

Charles Logan Brewster was born March 14, 1875 in Collingwood, Canada on Lake Ontario. He came to Lead, S. D. in 1888 when he was 13 years old, staying with his aunt, Mrs. Eliza Bryant, who owned and operated the Bryant Hotel. This was the era of gold. The book "Pioneering on the Cheyenne River" says, "Mrs. Bryant had grubstaked more people to prospect for gold than any other person in the Black Hills. Gold nuggets were plentiful and jubilantly displayed." Logan, as he was called then, attended school weekdays and helped in the hotel week-ends and evenings. When he was 17 he went to live with his brother-in-law, "Carrick Red Hill" on the Belle Fourche River and was introduced to the cattle business.

Mr. Brewster married Julia Inez Hogg in 1897 in Lead, and they were the parents of two sons and two daughters. In Lead he was a contractor in the Homestake gold mine. From there the family moved to Wyoming and established the ranch known as the Bar X Ranch where they reared their children. Later the family moved to Edgemont so the children could receive more education. For a number of years Mr. and Mrs. Brewster spent the winter in California. Mrs. Brewster died in 1958 thus changing his pattern of life.

Mr. Brewster is survived by a daughter, Inez E. Kelly of Long Beach, CA. two sons; John Byron Brewster of Tensleep and Stanford Van Lear Brewster of Hat Creek; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.




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