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Pinkerton, William S.

Courtesy of Our Heritage: Niobrarans and Neighbors, 02/08/2021


by Mrs. Eda Brummett

Bertha Dryer

William S. Pinkerton was born Aug. 1, 1864, at Marshalltown, Ia.  At the age of 21 he came to Wyoming Territory, where he filed on a homestead 2 1/2 miles north of Manville. Before he decided on this location, he went to many places, turning the soil with his shovel. His father, who was a gardener and a bookkeeper in Iowa, had taught him to recognize good soil. He decided the soil was best in the location he chose. He later bought more land surrounding his homestead and so increased his acreage.

He was married in 1894 to Minnie A. Dryer, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Dryer. They spent many years on the homestead, building it to a very productive farm. Will grew and sold certified seed grain, alfalfa, grass and potatoes. He also raised Percheron and Belgian horses and Poland-China hogs. He was a good exhibitor at the State Fair as long as his health permitted.

As he grew older, his health failed and he and Minnie retired and moved into Man­ville. However, the place remained in the hands of the family. His son Clarence and Florence, his wife operated it until after Clarence's death. At the present time it is being operated by the Dick Ladwig family, Mrs. Ladwig being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Pinkerton.

Will died in January 1930 at his home in Manville. Minnie died Sept. 17, 1959 and both are at rest in the Manville cemetery.

Their children were; Clarence (deceased), Ralph (deceased), Mattie (Bedford}, Alice (Guthrie) (deceased), William (deceased,) and Eda (Brumnett)

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Obituary Pinkerton, Minnie (11/14/1873 - 09/17/1959) View Record
Obituary Pinkerton, William (08/01/1864 - 01/24/1930) View Record