Bonsell, William H. "Bill" (May 21, 1869 - November 20, 1930)

W.H."BILL" BONSELL,

PIONEER COWMAN, IS CALLED OVER DIVIDE LOCATED ON OW RANCH NORTH OF LUSK IN 1890; RETIRED SIX YEARS AGO

Douglas Enterprise - December 9, 1930

William H. Bonsell, pioneer cattleman of Niobrara county and owner and operator of the OW ranch, 14 miles north of Lusk, since 1890, when he first came to Wyoming from New Mexico, died at the home of a son, Harold Bonsell, at Manville, Saturday, November 20th, at the age of 61 years. For several years he had been in failing health, a stroke of paralysis being the immediate cause of his death.

Funeral services were held Monday, December 1st, in Lusk and interment was made in the cemetery there.

William H. Bonsell, known to many of the earlier settlers of Converse county, was born in Grafton, West Virginia, May 21, 1869. His childhood was spent at Springer, New Mexico, where the family settled to engage in the livestock business. In 1890 he came to Wyoming and purchased the OW ranch, 14 miles north of Lusk, which had formerly been owned by Senator John B. Kendrick. About six years ago he retired from active business because of failing health. His wife, nee Miss Louise Estelle Hester, to whom he was married at Harrison, Nebr., December 5, 1895, passed on February 9th, 1928. Seven sons and a daughter survive.

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