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(August 31, 1888 - July 12, 1940)
The Lusk Herald
July 18, 1940
Sudden Death William E. Hogan Last Friday Is Shock To Many Friends
The many friends of William E. (Bill) Hogan were deeply shocked to learn that he had died very suddenly at 11:45 a.m., Friday, July 12th, of a heart complication. Mr. Hogan was inspecting some work at the No. 8 Ford well and slumped to the floor without warning of any kind. He was immediately rushed to the first Aid station and Dr. W. E. Reckling and a nurse were summoned from Lusk but he died before medical aid could reach him.
Mr. Hogan had been in general good health for some time although he had a slight attack of indigestion the day before his death, he did not consider it serious enough to consult a doctor or to refrain from working. About a year ago, he went to the Mayo Clinic and at that time his physical condition including his heart was pronounced sound. Mr. Hogan had been carrying on his usual work up to the minute of his death.
"Bill" Hogan was well and favorably known throughout Niobrara County and had many friends among the ranching, business and oil interests of this state. He came to Lance Creek in 1919 and had worked for the Argo Oil company since that time. He was Field Superintendent at Lance Creek for nearly twenty years. Mr. Hogan was also engaged in the live stock business, running a rather extensive cattle and sheep ranch under a partnership with John O'Shea and known as the Hogan and O'Shea company. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Wyoming Woolgrowers Association, a member of the executive committee of the Wyoming governmental Research association, a member of the American Legion Dirk J. Wieten Post No. 4, Lusk, Wyoming for twenty years and a member of other fraternal and business organizations. He was a strong booster for this section of Wyoming.
William E. Hogan was born in Omaha, Nebraska on August 31, 1888, the son of Michael and Ellen Hogan and was reared and educated in Omaha, Nebraska, and died at Lance Creek, Wyoming, at the age of 51 years, nine months and nineteen days. He served in the Field Artillery of the United States Army during the World War.
Following the war, Mr. Hogan located at Lance Creek, where he had ....to by his widow, Augusta K. Hogan; a daughter Mikell Hogan; a sister Winifred Hogan employed by the Northwestern Bell Telephone company in Omah; a brother Joseph Hogan, superintendent of the Hanighen Plumbing company of Omaha, and four nephews all of Omaha. His parents preceded him in death, his mother having passed away May 17, 1940.
His body was taken to the home at Lance Creek last Friday and remained in state until Monday morning. Hundreds of friends visited the home and viewed the remains at that time. The funeral cortege left Lance Creek at 9:00 o'clock and a Requiem Mass was celebrated at the St. Leo's Catholic Church by Father Bernard Miller at 10 o'clock a.m., Monday, July 15th, 1940. Burial was in the Lusk cemetery with the following friends as pall bearers: Frank Gorman, Fred Diehl, William Rice, Nat Slaghter, Jack Burgess, Frank McCullough, Hugo Riecken and Edward McKenna. Del Shoopman assisted Mr. Peet at the home.
The fact that "Bill" Hogan was well known was evidenced by the large attendance at the last rites. It was the largest funeral in Lusk in many years.
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