Bolln, Waldo Herman (December 27, 1878 - March 8, 1938)

Waldo H. Bolln, Pioneer Merchant

Dies on Coast Death Comes Tuesday Afternoon POSTMASTER AT DOUGLAS Fails to Rally From Second Operation-Wife, Son and Two Sisters at Bedside

Douglas Budget - March 10, 1938

Douglas people were grieved to learn of the death of Waldo H. Bolln, which occurred at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, Calif., about 5 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. He had successfully weathered an operation several weeks ago and was apparently on the road to recovery. Monday a second operation was deemed necessary, from which he failed to rally. Mrs. Bolln, their son, Otto, and two sisters of Mr. Bolln were with him at the end. He was 59 years of age.

Mr. and Mrs. Bolln were in Los Angeles on a combined pleasure and health trip. Mr. Bolln's brother, Otto, of Casper, was with them for a time, but returned about a week ago.

A telegram received by Otto Monday brought word of his father's condition and he immediately left for Los Angeles. He was taken to Cheyenne that night by Albert Clough and Louis Cook and boarded an airliner from there at 4:30 Tuesday morning.

Waldo Herman Bolln was born in Omaha, Neb., December 27, 1878. In 1901 he came to Douglas, stopping on the way at Hartville, where for a short time he had charge of a copper mine. He entered the employ of his uncle in the Geo. Bolln Company here until 1914, when, in partnership with Albert W. Peyton, he opened a grocery store on Center street. A few years later he bought out his partner's interest and became sole owner of the business. He has been postmaster for Douglas for the last two years, receiving his appointment April 1, 1936. Since his appointment to this post his son, Otto has been in charge of the mercantile business.

On May 3, 1908, Mr. Bolln was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Reid. They were married in double ceremony with Mr. and Mrs. John D. LeBar.

Nearly everybody in Douglas knew Waldo Bolln-and valued his friendship. Never too busy to stop for a friendly chat-on baseball, politics or oil developments-his friends were numbered by his acquaintances. Like all pioneer businessmen who helped develop the town, he will be missed in Douglas.

Bolln was prominently identified with the Democratic party in Wyoming and on one occasion was delegate to the Democratic national convention. He served a term in the state legislature. He was a member of Ashlar Lodge No. 10, Douglas, and belonged to the Shrine.

He is survived by his widow, a daughter, Mrs. George Curry, a son, Otto, all of Douglas; a brother, Otto, of Casper; two sisters, Mrs. D.D. Gordon and Miss Alma C. Bolln of Pasadena, Calif.

The body is being shipped on account of flood damage near Los Angeles, and will arrive here Saturday night or Sunday morning. Mrs. Bolln and Otto are returning by motor. Funeral plans are not definite, but the services probably will be held some time Sunday.


At Christ Episcopal Church on Sunday Afternoon

Douglas Budget - March 17, 1938

Funeral services for Postmaster Waldo H. Bolln, who passed away Tuesday, March 8th, at Los Angeles, were held at Christ Episcopal church Sunday afternoon at 2:30, with Rev. W. Hewton Ward in charge.

The church was not large enough to hold the large number who sought to pay their last respects to the departed. The immense banks of floral offerings was silent proof of the friendship and esteem which our townspeople had for Mr. Bolln.

Special music was rendered by a quartet composed of S.E. Layton, W.D. Trethewey, T.C. Daniels and Coleman Hancock. Pallbearers were William Delahoyd, Henry Reese, Joseph Garst, J.D. LeBar, Luther Freeman and R.L. Markley of Cheyenne.

Honorary pallbearers, consisting of employees of the Douglas postoffice, were as follows; Forest West, Claude L. McDermott. Reuben F. Olson and Carey Fowler. Clerks; Charles W. Needham and Norman Call, city carriers; Roy Brenning and L.G. Peterson, custodians; Marion Johnson, auxillary clerk and carrier; Ralph Ballard, mail messenger; Noah Chamberlain, Fred E. Weller, J.M. Jenkins, Gilbert Terrant, Chas J. Huntzinger, Earl Hinton and Leland Mitchell, star route carriers.

Ashlar Lodge of Douglas, of which the deceased was a member, took charge of the rites at the cemetery.