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Fullerton, Beryl E. Family History

Courtesy of Our Heritage: Niobrarans and Neighbors, 11/23/2020


Lured by the prospect of a government homestead and the Christian College which was flourishing at Jireh, Earnest and Maude Fullerton moved their family from Atchinson, Nebr. to Wyoming in the spring of 1914.

Beryl, then just 10 years old, grew to man­hood in the Jireh community,  graduating from the 8th grade from Jireh Public School. He attended two years of high school at Jireh College and completed his education at Manville High School. During his high school years, he was active in athletics and despite his lack of height, gained honor­ able mention as an all-state basketball player in 1921.

Livestock, and especially horses, were a great love for Beryl and after high school, he started ranching with his father and older brother. He remained on the home­stead until his marriage to Edna Sims on June 19, 1927.

In 1931, the Fullertons purchased the Billy Sherman ranch north of Jireh and add­ed to it as they were able. Three children were born to the Fullertons; Dale in 1930, Della in 1935, and Donna in 1947.

During his life, Beryl followed such sports as roping and dancing. He continued to do vigorous ranch riding. He served on the Manville school board for a number of years, and when the county was reorganized into a single district, he was one of the men selected on the first board, serving from 1948 to 1956. Beryl served as a county commissioner for nine years, the last term being 1964. He was an active member of Harmony Masonic Lodge, Lusk Elks Lodge, Lusk Lions Club, Niobrara Roping Club, Congregational Church serving on the Board of Trustees, and in 1965 was holding the office of Worthy Patron of the Order of Eastern Star.

Beryl had been aware of a heart condition for a number of years, but maintained an active life, the Sherman ranch being the main interest. In later life, Mr. Fullerton became interested in the banking business and for a time served as director of the Lusk State Bank.  Beryl passed away in November, 1965, at the age of 62, while attending the American Legion dinner and dance.

Edna still maintains her home in Lusk. Although the ranch is leased, she still visits it often. She remains active, be­ longing to several clubs and organizations. Lately she has taken an interest in travel.

Dale also lives in Lusk. He and his wife Jackie are involved in ranching and business.   Their three children, Joan, Mark and Jeff, have all graduated from high school in Lusk and are presently attending college.  Dale's oldest, Joan, is married to Ron Pfister and they have a son, Bryon.

Della married Ben Coon and they are now living in Colorado near Johnstown. Al­ though active in banking, Ben and Della remain interested in ranching and for years have raised Appaloosa horses. Jess, the oldest, graduated from high school and is presently helping his father.  Steve and Clayton are both attending school in Johns­town.

Donna is living in Loveland, Colo. and works at the First National Bank.  She is a member of the Mountain View Presbyterian Church and is active in many organizations and community activities.   She is continu­ing her studies in business and music.

Donna married Dayle Hunter.

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Obituary Fullerton, Beryl (05/02/1903 - 11/11/1965) View Record
Obituary Fullerton, Edna (11/05/1906 - 02/16/2003) View Record