Obituary Details

Albert L. Butler

(05/21/1904 - 01/31/1933)
Courtesy of Wyoming Newspaper Project, 02/02/1933

Albert Butler Dies of Injuries Sustained in Fall From Windmill

Information courtesy of the Wyoming Newspaper Project. The following was published in the Lusk Free Lance.

Albert Butler, 28-years old farmer of the Dogie country, died at the Douglas hospital Tuesday evening, the result of injuries suffered in a a fall from a windmill on January 17th at the Sadler ranch, located in the north part of this county. Concussion of the brain was given as the cause of demise.

The deceased was making repairs on the windmill at the time of the accident, when a sudden stiff wind started the wheel turning. In some unaccountable manner, Butler was caught by the fan blades and hurled to the ground, thirty feet below.

Both arms were broken and injuries to the man's head resulted in brain concussion. It is said he lapsed into unconsciousness shortly after the accident and remained in that condition until he passed away.

George Earl Peet of the Peet Mortuary was summoned to Douglas Tuesday night to take charge of the remains. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time as the young man's mother, who lives in California is expected to arrive today or tomorrow. Deceased is a brother of E. H. Butler, postmaster of the Dogie postoffice.

Lusk Free Lance
February 9, 1933
Funeral Services for Albert Butler are Held Sunday

Funeral services for Albert L. Butler, who died Tuesday, January 31st at the Douglas hospital, as a result of injuries received when he fell thirty feet from a windmill tower, were held from the Congregational church in this city, last Sunday afternoon at 1:00 o'clock. Rev. Edwin F. Irwin, officiated in the services. Burial took place in the Lusk cemetery.

At the church, a number of selections were rendered by the mixed quartet, composed of John B. Parr, R. A. Faulk, Mrs. H. J. Templeton and Mrs. Abdon DeCastro. They sang: "In the City Four Squares," "Nearer My God to Thee," and "In the Sweet Bye and Bye." In the concluding services at the grave they sang, "Asleep in Jesus."

Pallbearers were Ted A. Schmidt, Harold J. Schmidt, Gaylord Anderson, John Goddard, Kenneth Hawkins and Elwood Hawkins. The funeral procession was accompanied by Harvey Sadler, Morris Good, William Packard and Walter Prelle as honorary pallbearers. Funeral arrangements were in charge of George Earl Peet of the Peet mortuary.

Complete obituary will be found elsewhere in this issue.

This community was greatly saddened and shocked to hear of the death of Albert L. Butler in the hospital at Douglas on Tuesday evening, January 31st at about 6:45. The cause of his death was concussion of the brain and all that medical skill and willing hands could do for him was of no avail.

Albert Butler was born at Lichtfield, Nebraska, May 21st, 1904 and passed away, January 31st, 1933 at the age of 28 years, 8 months, in the prime of his courageous young life. While only 11 months old his father met with a tragic death. And when Albert was about the age of six, his mother took him to the state of Washington, where they resided about four years. In the year 1914 - when Albert was about 10, he and his mother moved to Montana where they spent six more years. And then in 1920 they came to Lance Creek where they made their home. Later Albert worked in the oil fields, both in Wyoming and Texas. In the year 1928 he filed on a homestead, one mile south of Dogie, which place joins his brother's (E. H. Butler) ranch. This was the place of his residence until his tragic death, caused by the furious wind hurling him from a twenty-five foot windmill on the evening of January 15th.

His brother, E. H. Butler and Rolla Sadler were at his bedside at the time of his death. His mother, Mrs. Inez Swenson was enroute from Pamona, Calif. at this time arriving in Douglas Thursday eveing at 7 o'clock.

He is survived and mourned by his mother, Mrs. Inez Swenson, one brother, E. H. Butler of Dogie, Wyo., two sisters, Mrs. Babel Margritz of Poole, Nebr., and Hazel Butler of Pamona, Calif. And in addition to these he leaves othr relatives and a host of friends.

His mother will remain in Wyoming and expects to make her home at Albert's place, it being near her son's (E. H. Butler) place.

Life at best is very brief;
So dear kindred and friends
Grieve not too much for this
Kind son, brother and friend,
For he is resting safe from
All sickness, pain and sorrow.
May the loving Saviour give comfort to all.

Mrs. R. J. Packard, Dogie, Wyo.

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