Obituary Details

Charles William Hargreaves

(05/02/1861 - 05/08/1931)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 05/14/1931

Pioneer Resident of Wyo. Called; Ill Short Time

Charles William Hargraves, Wyoming resident for the past forty-five years, practically all of which time was spent in this section of the state, passed away a 4 o'clock last Friday morning, May 8th, after a brief illness which sent him to his bed in the afternoon of the day before. Mr. Hargraves was 70 years, and 6 days of age at the time of demise, which occurred at the ranch home, about 35 miles south of Lusk.

The death of this old-timer came as a decided shock to his large group of friends in this vicinity, as he was a man of apparently good health, and accustomed to the hardships of the outdoors of this country for almost half a century. He was one of the best known stockmen of eastern Wyoming, and for years had operated a sheep ranch.

Several days prior to his death, Mr. Hargraves complained of feeling ill, but with lambing at its height at the ranch, he failed to give up and continued to work until Thursday noon, when he was forced to his bed. Medical aid was summoned, but death had claimed its victim before assistance could be provided.

Coroner Oliver Colyer of Torrington was summoned and he turned the remains over to Coroner George Earl Peet of this city, who returned a verdict that death was caused by intestinal influenza and chronic nephritis. The Peet Mortuary had charge of funeral arrangements.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon from the First Baptist church of Lusk, with Rev. B. F. Farrar, pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Lusk cemetery. Pall bearers were A. L. Miller, George Saffell and Russell Bradley, all of this city, and Ray Brownrigg, Jess Castle and Dan Chalfant, of the neighborhood in which Mr. Hargraves had lived for years. All were longtime friends of the deceased and his family.

Mr. Hargraves is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Hargraves, two sons, Lloyd, who lives at home, and Noel, and one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Haymes, who resides about 14 miles south of the family ranch home. Another son, Neil, a twin brother of Noel, died in infancy. Deceased was an uncle of Harry B. Hargraves of Lusk.

Lusk Free Lance
May 21, 1931
Charles William Hargraves

Charles William Hargraves, youngest son of nine children, born to Matthew and Rachael Eckels Hargraves, at Rippon, Wisconsin, May 2, 1861. His parents came from England to Wisconsin as bride and groom. Of the nine children only one, a sister, Mrs. Alice Bennett, of Ione, Wash., survives.

In 1886, Charles Hargraves came to Wyoming, where he has since resided. And for most of that time he has been engaged in the sheep business, in which he was engaged at the time of his death.

He was married to Miss Minnie A. Danforth at Fondulac, Wis., September 20th, 1893. To this union four children were born. Lloyd, who makes his home with his parents is the eldest; Mrs. Nellie Haymes, who lives on a ranch 14 miles south of the home place; Noel, who is familiarly called Billie, and a twin brother, Neil, who died in infancy.

Mr. Hargraves was one of the old-timers and was well and favorably known hereabout. He was an uncle of Harry Hargraves of Lusk. He enjoyed a wide circle of friends. He formerly attended the services of this church when it was the Congregational Church of Lusk.

Several days ago, Mr. Hargraves complained of feeling indisposed but not much was thought of it. As they were very busy lambing out the sheep he kept busied with them up until Thurs. afternoon, when he gave up and was taken home and put to bed. He steadily grew worse and although an effort was made to secure medical attention, he passed away before the doctor arrived, at 4:00 o'clock Friday morning, May 8, 1931. His sojourn on earth was 70 years and 6 days.

Funeral services were held from the First Baptist Church of Lusk, Sunday afternoon, May 10th, at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. B. F. Farrar, pastor, officiating. Interment was made in the Lusk cemetery. Pallbearers were A. L. Miller, George Saffell, Russell Bradley, Ray Brownrigg, Jess Castle and Dan Chalfant, all of whom were long-time friends of the deceased and his family.

"This Languishing head is at rest,
Its thinking and planning is o'ver;
This quiet, immovable breast
Is heaved by affliction no more."

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