Obituary Details

Hugh N. Callander

(12/25/1845 - 01/11/1930)
Courtesy of Wyoming Newspaper Project, 01/21/1930

Early Day Banker dies in California


Douglas Enterprise - January 21, 1930

H.N. Callender, one of the early day bankers of eastern Wyoming, having operated the Bank of Lusk, Niobrara county for many years, died at San Diego, Calif., last Monday, January 13, 1930, Wyoming friends have been advised. With him when the end came was Mrs. Callander and their daughter, Mrs. Jessie Agnew.

Mrs. Callander will be remembered by many Douglas people as Miss Margaret Wright, a former teacher in the Douglas schools.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock and burial made in a cemetery at San Diego.

Mr. Callander was well known to many of the old-timers of this section of the state who will learn of his passing with sincere regret.

THE LUSK HERALD, January 16, 1930

H.N. Callander, Old Lusk Citizen, Dies in California

Word was received in Lusk Monday morning of the death of H.N. Callander, old-time Lusk resident, at his home in San Diego, Cal.

Death came at 12:05 Sunday morning of heart trouble. .

The sad news was conveyed in a telegram received by County Clerk Frank W. Chambers, who was associated in the banking business in Lusk with Mr. Callander for many years.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon, January 15, at 2:00 p.m. and burial made in San Diego.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Margaret W. Callander, and his daughter, Mrs. Jessie Agnew, both of whom were with him at the time of death.

H.N. Callander was one of the early bankers in Lusk, and for many years conducted the Bank of Lusk. He sold out to the Reed interests and afterward made his home in California.

THE LUSK HERALD, January 23, 1930

Letter to the Editor


R.F.D. No. 2, Covina, Calif., January 16, 1930

Dear Mr. Griffith:
At the request of Mrs. H.N. Callander, 1646 Dale Street, San Diego, Cal., I am sending you herewith a copy of the obituary which was read at the funeral services for Mr. Callander in San Diego yesterday. I am sure there are many among your readers who, being friends and acquaintances, will be interested in reading this brief account of his life, much of which was lived at Lusk, and identified with the business and community life of the town and surrounding country.

I am thinking that you, perhaps, did not know him personally, but your good wife knew him. She grew to womanhood under his observation, with some of her father's business interests were closely related to his.

My interests, also, touched closely with Mr. Callanders' in a business way for many years, when we both lived in Wyoming, and it has been my good fortune through the accidental order of events affecting our movements, to be sufficiently near for frequent meetings during the closing years of his life. More often in his home, sometimes in mine. At these time he always manifested a great interest in Lusk, and it was a great pleasure to him to discuss with the writer events incident to his former business there, and particularly those which involved the welfare of those of whom there were many, who sought the benefit of his wise counsel and help, and were his friends.

The place which he occupied with lasting credit, was one of importance to the material well-being of the people, and it was a distinct loss to the community when failing health compelled him to relinquish it. he was a stabilizing influence which I believe, we were quite unconscious of in the light of more recent happenings, particularly to the older residents, Many there whose fortunes might not have suffered the withering effect of that hurricane of expansion and speculation which took place in 1919-20, and which swept us almost to destruction, had the wisdom of his great mind and good counsel been among us.

Yours very truly,



Hugh Callander was born in Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, Scotland, on December 25, 1845. he passed out of this life January 11, 1930, at his home 1646 Dale Street, San Diego, California, aged 84 years, 17 days.

At the age of 15 years he came to Rice Lake, Minnesota, where he remained until he enlisted in the service of his adopted country in the Civil War. he served from October 14, 1982, to November 9, 183, in Company B, First Minnesota Mounted Rangers, when he was mustered out. He re-enlisted in Company L, Second Minnesota Cavalry, serving from December 2, 1863, to May 4th, 1866, under Col. Corse, afterwards General Corse, who sent the message, "Hold the Fort, I am coming." which was the inspiration to the writer of that well-known poem.

After his discharge from the Army, Mr. Callander continued for a time in the State of Minnesota, living a part of the time in St. Paul. He took up the study of law, and was admitted to practice in the courts of Indiana, to which state he had moved. At Syracuse, Indiana, he met and was wed to Isabelle Sprague, February 8, 1872, who died September 28, 1907,---mother of his only child, Mrs. Jessie Agnew, of Omaha, Neb., who survives him.

In the early eighties Mr. Callander left Indiana for the frontier State of Wyoming, where he is known as one of the pioneers of that State. Eventually he took up the business of banking at Lusk, Wyoming, a business for which he was particularly well fitted, and which he successfully managed until the date of his voluntary retirement in 1913, since when he has made his home in San Diego, California, most of the time. January 11, 1911, at Jireh, Wyoming, he was married to Margaret Wright, who also survives him.

He was a member of Brooklyn Heights Presbyterian Church of San Diego, also a Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Mystic shrine.

The writer of this record is a former business associate of the deceased, from which association a friendship grew up, the bond of which has strengthened with the passing years. Therefore, is it not fitting to say something here of this good man as his friends knew him?

Mr. Callander was of that simple and quiet dignity which dislikes ostentation, yet he possessed ability and a capacity of mind which was outstanding, and admired by all who knew him. His measure of a man's worth was the length and breadth of his integrity. Liberally charitable where charity was due, but, without the virtues of honesty and sincerity, matter not how much their material possessions, his favors were sought in vain. Counterfeits had no place in his business, nor were they acceptable as friends, and he possessed rare ability to accurately estimate individual character. He stood always in profound reverence of things eternal and his divine Creator. He was loyal to his friends.

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