Beard, Charles "Panther" Columbus (February 6, 1856 - November 15, 1940)

Early Day Texas Ranger And

Cowpuncher Passes Charles (Panther) Beard, 84, Ends Long and Colorful Career

Douglas Budget - November 21, 1940

Death brought to a close the long, rough, and colorful career of a truly western character when Charles (Panther) Beard was claimed at the Douglas hospital last Friday afternoon. Many there are in this part of Wyoming who did not know Charles Beard-but they all know, or had heard of, "Panther."

He was a Texas ranger for eleven months at a time when there was plenty of action along the border; and those who knew him say he was a man of action when action was necessary. He trailed cattle to Wyoming from his native state of Texas, fist seeing Wyoming soil in 1877. Ten years later he returned to Wyoming and as a cowpuncher and ranch hand has made this his home state since that time, working at his favorite trade, wrangling cattle at many of the old-time famous ranches of the section.

It was in 1887 that he assisted in trailing cattle from Nebraska to the Ogalla (sic) ranch at Ross, working at the time under J.O. Chambers, who was foreman of the outfit. Later he became associated with the Carey ranches. About twelve years ago he returned to the Ogalalla and Manager Leroy Moore hired him to do odd jobs about the ranch.

About two months ago he suffered a stroke and was brought to the Douglas hospital. Lying helpless in bed, his left side paralyzed from the stroke, was an unpleasant and unaccustomed experience for "Panther". He grew steadily weaker until death finally overtook him.

Charles Columbus Beard was born at Weatherford, Tex., on February 6, 1856. He had lost all touch with relatives and none could be contacted at his death. Four years ago he gave the names of two brothers but said he had not heard from them since 1934. They were Andrew Beard of Rocky Ford, Tex., and Campbell Beard of Mount county, Tex.

"Panther" was buried in Douglas Park cemetery Monday afternoon. His remains were placed in the plot that contains the remains of another old time puncher character, George Pike. Last rites were held at the Hofmann Chapel with the Rev. Louis Gale of the Congregational church officiating. Many old cowhands who in former days worked the herds alongside the deceased, lined the grave to pay their last respects.


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