Mary Douglas-Wyman by Vivian Wiatt-Cole
     Our story begins over in England in the year 1873, when Mary Douglas was born on May 29th.  Her parents were Edward Douglas and Mary Carmichael-Douglas who lived in Camboise, Northumberland County.  When Mary was a tot of six years, the family came to Straistville, Ohio.  For another six years they lived here and Mary received her first years of school.  Once again the family migrated to the West and located in what was then the Indian Territory.
     The Douglas family did not remain long here, however, but decided to really go West.  They fixed up their covered wagon and outfit of horses, chickens and a few cows and together with two other families (the Don Londs and Ned Burns') and their equipment left the Indian Territory and came up through Colorado and to Cheyenne, then on West to Hanna and Dana, Wyoming, where the men folks found work.  About a year was spent when they came across by the way of Wheatland, Douglas and Casper and Lost Cabin and crossed over the Cotton Wood Pass to the Big Horn Basin.
     Mrs. Douglas was not well and Mr. Douglas had written to the manager of the store at Bonanza asking about the opportunities in this section of the country and he had replied that the possibilities were wonderful and the climate Just "what the Doctor had ordered," and "If he any women folks, for _________;s to come on over and bring them."
     The Douglas family located on the place which is now the Sid Harvard place and lived there many years.  Mary was now a young lady of fifteen years.
     Morrell Wyman was a young man who had come into this Big Horn Basin country with some of the first cattle brought into this section of the country.  He was born in Manchester, Vermont in 1856.  When a young man, he had gone to live in Nebraska, and had been associated with the Bay State Cattle Company for several years and when they brought cattle into this Wyoming country, he was sent here with their first herds and became foreman for the Bay State Company in the Big Horn mountains.  This was in the years 1889.
     Headquarters for the Bay State was established on what is now the Bill Spratt ranch.
     Although Morrell Wyman had been connected with big cattle interests, he felt that the man who did  not have a big outfit, was entitled to his place in this section and refused to carry out all the instructions of his employers and others of the others of the larger cattle concerns.
     However, during this troubulous time, he evidently had  time for romance.  Somefhere, he had met Mary Douglas, and decided it was time for him to take unto himself a wife.  On July 4, 1891, Morrell Wyman and Mary Douglas were married at the Bay State Ranch, by O. E. Gebhart.
     For two years the Wymans continued to live at the Bay State ranch and the eldest daughter, Mary Victoria, was born here on May 16, 1892.
     After leaving the Bay State Co., Morrell Wyman became associated with the Bar X Bar Cattle Company, where the Johnson County Raid took place and because of the private views of Morrell Wyman regarding the relations of the big outfits and the homesteaders, he was in perilous position and Mrs. Wyman was greatly relieved when he decided to go into business for himself and take up land and establish their own home.
     When the Wymans decided to establish their own ranch and stock business, the place where now lives was taken as a homestead and other lands about them were bought and all in all Morrell Wyman and Mary Douglas-Wyman through years of hardships and pleasures became one of the substantial and prosperous families of the Big Horn Basin.  The Wyman ranch is just out of the town of Ten Sleep on the bank of the Nowood river.
     Anne Laurie Wyman was born, Nov. 11, 1898 and Charles Edward Wyman was born Sep. 6, 1900 at the home on the Nowood.
     Morr ell Wyman passed away in 1932 at the ranch home and the daughter Mary Victoria who was Mrs. Keeler died in 1936, leaving a family.  Mrs. Wyman has two granddaughters who make their home with her.
     Another daughter, Maude Helen Wyman-Helmer passed away in 1937.
     Mary Douglas-Wyman has endured many heartaches during the fifty-five years she has spent on the homestead but is still carrying on.
     Many of the Big Horn Basin tragedies occurred within her immediate neighborhood; the Gorham murder and the Ten Sleep raid and many other of the open range feuds.  She has watched and participated in the development of the entire Basin country from the squatters' right to the present high state of development of schools, churches, agricultural and industrial interests. 
     Mrs. Wyman has many of her family about her.  Chas. E. Wyman and family live on the original home place and others on adjoining ranches later acquired.  She has nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
SOURCE: Newspaper clipping in Edna Greets scrapbook in possession of George Greet in 2012.