WYOMING – Week of October 8, 1886
Stories from the States

WYOMING – Week of October 8, 1886

This is the last post for this series on the states. I am going to miss it but am excited to begin a new series.

Wyoming has their own site for newspapers: You can browse by city, county, and year or browse all the newspapers. County maps are also available.

My favorite story about Cheyenne is a ghost tour we took there that included a stop at a haunted church. Click here to read the story.


Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory

Week of October 8, 1886

One year by mail: $10
Per week supplied by carrier: $0.25

Population: 1870: 1,450
Population: 1880: 3,456
Population: 1890: 11,690
Population: 2016: 64,019

October 8, 1886

Insane on a Train

About 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon Judge Bean received a telegram from Conductor Sanders of the west bound passenger train asking him to make arrangements to receive an insane woman as he had one aboard the train. Bean made his arrangements accordingly and when the train reached Cheyenne the insane woman was taken into custody and provided for until further arrangements could be made. The passenger train was late last evening and when it arrived here it was quite dark which precluded the possibility of ascertaining the true facts of the case or even the lady’s name. It was understood that she was a highly respectable lady who became insane after the train had left Omaha for Cheyenne.

October 8, 1886

Small Talk

  • The dog calaboose has one prisoner.
  • A passenger can now leave Cheyenne on the stage at 8 a.m. and be in Douglas at 3 p.m. the next day.
  • Parties who have just come down from Douglas claim that it already has a population of between 1600 and 2000.
  • It was pretty dull at the courthouse yesterday.
  • The country to the south and southeast of Cheyenne is said to be swarming with antelope and they come up as near to the city as the wire fences will admit.
  • A.E. Sprague writes to THE SUN from Plainfield, IL asking for information concerning his brother Isaac. When last heard from in July of last year, he was employed on Dyer’s ranch and received his mail through box 629 in the Cheyenne post office.

October 8, 1886

Wire Fences

The subject of wire fences within the city limits is now receiving the attention of a special committee of the city council and the city attorney has been requested to draw an ordinance condemning them as a nuisance. It might be mentioned that the city park and also the city cemetery are enclosed with wire fences and are both within the city limits and were constructed by the city. It is a matter of some interest to many as to what the city will do with them.

October 8, 1886

The County Prisoners

There are now ten prisoners confined in the county jail, three of them charged with murder, one with grand larceny, three with cattle stealing, and three for minor offenses. When a certain well-known official was asked yesterday in regard to the prisoners he replied, “ There are now ten prisoners in jail, three of the colored men and the rest Democrats.” The three colored men in jail are all charged with minor offenses.

Sheriff Craig and Deputy McGonigle are now engaged in having the jail thoroughly renovated and put in perfect order. The prisoners are all in good spirits and hopeful but it is surmised that some of them may experience a change of sentiment about the time court convenes.

October 8, 1886

Missing Links

  • Roller skates are being turned into buttons.
  • A New York professor tattoos 3,000 persons every year.
  • A deacon of a Greenville, PA church has a string of buttons half a year long. They have been taken out of the collections during the past few years.
  • The night school at Sing Sing prison for the benefit of prisoners which was started by Warden Brush in January 1884, is said to have accomplished excellent results.

October 9, 1886

Small Talk

  • The tramps continue to linger around the railroad yards at night.
  • The alarm bell sounded yesterday afternoon in order to draw a crowd from which volunteers could be obtained to help search for Mr. Leighton.
  • A meeting of the Alert Hose Company was held with closed doors last evening at which, it is said, some of those who objected to certain features of the present management, were expelled. The affair is liable to create a commotion.

October 10, 1886

Small Talk

  • The first rail on the Cheyenne & Northern Railroad was laid yesterday.
  • Judge Carroll has had a call from the western portion of the territory to write some campaign songs and also one from Rapid City, Dakota Territory, for a few stray productions.

October 10, 1886

Closed Them Up

It may have been noticed by those who are interested in such matters that for some days past the “Overland Tea Company,” whose headquarters are on E. Idy Street, has been advertising what is little more than a lottery scheme to facilitate the sale of tea. As the laws of Wyoming prohibit the conducting of lottery schemes in this territory, Deputy Sheriff McGonigle called at the Overland and gave the proprietors notice that the lottery branch of the business must be discontinued at once or there would be trouble. The proprietors readily complied with the order and explained that they supposed the business legitimate and had not intended to violate the law.

October 11, 1886

The ad comes from a newspaper called The Boomerang from Laramie, Wyoming Territory. I liked the ad and there was no Cheyenne newspaper for October 11, 1886.

October 12, 1886

Small Talk

  • Affairs at the hospital are progressing favorably and all the inmates are doing as well as good care and medical treatment can do for them.
  • It is stated on good authority that one of Cheyenne’s fairest school teachers, who is at present busy in the discharge of her duties in that capacity, will be married shortly.
  • In these political times, the “boys” say that the electric light is Republican and gas Democratic. There was always lots of gas in the Democratic party, but not of as good material as we are now getting in the way of lights.
  • Thursday evening Mrs. H.A. Heathwood of Boston, Massachusetts, will deliver a free lecture on Metaphysical Healing in the parlors of H.G. Hay’s old residence, northeast corner of Central Avenue and Seventeenth Streets.

October 13, 1886

Small Talk

  • The streets of the city were pretty well carpeted with mud yesterday.
  • The tramp who held up the two little boys on Sunday has evidently hit the breeze as he cannot be found.
  • The past two or three days have been hard ones on the leaves and at the rate they are going now the trees will be bare in a very short time.
  • Remember the German church festival Thursday, October 14 at Keefe Hall. Supper commences at 6 p.m. Music for dancing furnished by Inman’s orchestra. Singing by Cheyenne Maennerchor.
  • Some of the politicians are getting excited and are offering to bet pro and con evidently forgetting the fact that to make a bet on the approaching election will disqualify the party who bets from voting.

October 14, 1886

A Celebrated Case

A Celebrated Case is in many respects one of the strongest plays now before the American public. It is so bright, well written and many scenes so powerful that it will be a pleasing diversion to those who have somewhat tired of the heavy humor of farce comedies. The play will probably be greeted by a full house here.

October 14, 1886

Small Talk

  • Overcoats are coming into fashion again very rapidly.
  • Tomorrow evening the famous play, A Celebrated Case, will be produced at the opera house.
  • There are a large number of people in Cheyenne who do not propose to get very much excited over politics. They will go to the polls and vote and that is about all.
  • The Union Pacific offers the low rate of $5.55 from Cheyenne to the Denver Exposition, including tickets of admission.

Charles Monckey, inventor of the Monckey wrench (ignorantly called the monkey wrench) is living in poverty in Brooklyn. He sold the patent for $2,000 and now millions are made annually out of the invention.

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Featured picture and population info from Wikipedia.

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