1845 – 1908


Obituary: Worland Grit no. 9 February 20, 1908, page 1, Ten Sleep Items

The funeral services of Mr. Edward Douglas was held at the church (Ten Sleep) at two o’clock, Wednesday afternoon.


Commentary from Basin Republican paper February 14, 1908: 


An old and highly respected citizen and rancher of Big Horn County committed suicide at his house on the old Hunnsinger ranch near Ten Sleep.  No cause was given for the rash act except perhaps temporary derangement.  He was alone at the house when the deed was committed and was found about 2 o’clock by two or three of the neighbors who drove up to the house.  Death was caused by a 30-30 rifle—he was lying face down the butt of the rifle a few inches from one hand.  Mr. Douglas had been to his son Will Douglas on the Saturday before and in church at Ten Sleep on Sunday.  He returned home about 12 on Monday.  The inquest decision was made by Milo Burke, Joe Emge and Mark Warner.  Funeral services were by Reverend Toland at Ten Sleep. 


The commentary given herein was combined by an Obituary(February 14) combined with a news item entitled, “Edward Douglas Suicide” on February 12th. The information was in the Basin Republican on the listed dates.   This supplement to his obituary is added by Faye Bell (2014) SLC.


Big Horn County Rustler no. 27 February 14, 1908, page 1

Word was received in Basin last Monday evening that Edward Douglas had been found dead in his house at about 2:30 that afternoon. Al Holdsworth and Mr. Blakesley came to the Jacob Hunsinger ranch, on Big Canyon creek, which had recently been leased by Mr. Douglas, and on going into the house found the body of Mr. Douglas lying on the floor with a gunshot wound passing through the body near the heart.

  The authorities at Basin were at once notified and a coroner's inquest was ordered held. Justice

Oscar McClellan, acting coroner, empaneled a jury on Tuesday and after viewing the body and listening to what testimony could be produced, the jury rendered a verdict that Edward Douglas had died from the effects of a gunshot wound inflicted by himself. The funeral was held on Wednesday, interment being made in the Tensleep cemetery.

  The cause of Mr. Douglas' rash act is said to have been despondency over the death of his wife, which occurred about a year ago, and for whom he has mourned ever since. He leaves to survive him a son, Wm. Douglas, of Tensleep and a daughter, Mrs. Morrell Wyman also of Tensleep, who have the sympathy of all over the tragic death of their father.