James H. Williams

(December 6, 1862 - February 16, 1946)

The Lusk Herald
February 28, 1946

Two More Niobrara Pioneer Residents Die Past Week

Two more pioneer residents of Niobrara County have died during the past ten days. John W. Higgins, 68, of Lusk, died Friday, and James H. Williams, 83, of Northern Niobrara County died February 16.

James H. Williams, 83, died Saturday, February 16, at the Lusk Hospital following a few days' confinement there. Mr. Williams was an early Wyoming pioneer, settling in the northern part of Niobrara County fifty years ago. His death was caused by conditions following an injury ten years ago, together with the fact that he was advanced in years.

The Peet Mortuary prepared the remains for shipment to Edgemont, where the McColley Mortuary was in charge of funeral services held February 18.

On December 6, 1862, Mr. Williams was born at Monroe, Wisconsin. There he lived until he was 32 years of age, when he came west. He located in the northern part of this county in 1896, his ranch being 21 miles west of Edgemont.

He married Miss Effie Rhoades in 1907. Their marriage took place in Wisconsin.

On his ranch, Mr. Williams first bred horses, and in later years he raised Hereford cattle. He was also an auctioneer. He was closely connected with the organization of the Republican party in this county. A member of the Odd Fellows order, He was an honorary member at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife, Effie, six nephews and one niece.

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