OBITUARY FOR ECHO SWEET PICKETT
compiled by Faye V Bell (SLC) 2012
Sweet was born in Nebraska
in 1898 to Will and Bertha Della Sweet.
(Combined data from Echo’s story on Pioneers
and Rural Schools written for the History of Washakie County and written by
its people 1976 and the 1900 Federal Census.)
In 1900 Echo was the baby of the family with her sisters listed as Imo
J, Hazel A, Esther G (Gladys) and Echo herself, and the family resided in
Lincoln Ward #6, Nebraska. By the Federal Census of 1910, the family had
been blessed with a son Roy who was nine at the time and a daughter Cleo who
was four years old. The census was
taken from their residence in Lincoln,
Antelope, Nebraska. In 1911 Will Sweet bought 80 acres east of
Worland and traveled from Elgin, Nebraska,
in an emigrant car furnished by the railroad to help settle the Big
Horn Basin. Mrs. Sweet arrived with the family a few days
Echo’s description of herself, she graduated in 1916 from Worland
High School and she attended the University
of Wyoming. She taught school at the Mann (or Pickett)
school in 1916-1917 school term for $60/month.
In 1917 she married Carl Pickett who was a rancher and stockman. They lived on Lower Nowood creek. The couple had five children: Otis, Wayne,
Donald, Arlen and Carlene. She reports
in her article mentioned above that the children were all successful family
people. Echo was active in the community
affairs—the Nowood community club for women and
the Methodist Church
when the family retired to Ten Sleep in 1957.
For some time she wrote local news of the Lower Nowood for the Worland Grit which
preceded the Northern Wyoming Daily News.
Echo J Sweet Pickett passed away in 1985.
Memories: I recall that the subject herein attended
all of the children’s school activities.
She was a modest matron who always behaved in a comely, ladylike
fashion. I agree her children were
bright and looking to the future meeting their mother’s expectations.