Researched and compiled by Faye Bell (SLC) 2012

The account taken herein is from the writings of the posterity of Bertha Munsell, her daughter Irene and her grand-daughter Helen Sutherland from The History of Washakie County, by its people, publ. 1976


            Bertha Conover Munsell was born in New Jersey November 1875 (as given by 1900 Fed. census.   In the 1880 census she was living with her parents William and [Sarah] Annie Conover in Belleville, Essex, New Jersey.  She married Boyd Munsell in 1894 and the couple had four children—two died in infancy.  The survivors were Vernon and [Mabel] Irene Munsell; the other two were Chester and Elsie.  Their children were born in Red Cloud NE and in 1900 (census) they were living in Garfield, Webster Co NE. They moved to Wyoming in 1914 by way of train.  Bertha and Irene were taken from the train station in Manderson, WY and brought to Mark Warner’s in Ten Sleep by Sam Brant, a freighter of the day.  Mark’s wife was Boyd Munsell’s sister.  From there they made life comfortable by Bertha’s many skills as a housewife, a cook, a seamstress and a gardener.  Boyd homesteaded here and there in the Ten Sleep valley, raised hogs and timothy hay and built several houses around the area.  He finally bought land from Walter Fiscus along the Victoria Ditch bank and across the street from the Ten Sleep cemetery.  According to her grand-daughter, Bertha passed away in 1935.


Worland Grit 10/17/1935