Elliott W. Brown

(Date Unknown - May 20, 1899)

Wyoming Newspaper Project
May 25, 1899

This information is courtesy of the Wyoming Newspaper Project. The following information was published in the Converse County Herald.

Last Sunday word was brought to Lusk that Elliott W. Brown was drowned in a stream 35 miles northeast of here while trying to ford it on horseback the day previous. It seems it had been raining pretty hard in that section for 18 or 20 hours and the streams and gulches were filled with water. From what we learn Mr. Brown, in company with his hired man, Joseph Statsney, started for a sheep camp, and on coming to the ravine, which was not thought to be dangerous, Mr. Brown spurred his horse into it. The water proved to be seven or eight feet deep and the animal sank out of sight. As he arose to the surface the rider pulled his horse up stream, evidently intending to turn around and go back, but the animal reared up and fell backward, falling on its rider. Mr. Brown must have been severely hurt in the fall for he made no effort to save himself, and all efforts on the part of Mr. Statsney to rescue the unfortunate man were of no avail and the swift stream carried him down to a watery grave. The body was found two hours later nearly a mile below, where it lodged against a small tree that lay across the stream. The remains were brought to Lusk and funeral services were conducted by Rev. Dodshon, after which the body was laid to rest in the Lusk cemetery. Deceased was manager of, and a stockholder in, the National Land and Sheep company, and was a highly respected citizen.

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