Clough, Albert Aaron 'Bert' (June 23, 1873 - November 14, 1936)


DOUGLAS ENTERPRISE PUBLISHER DIES SATURDAY NOON FOLLOWING BRIEF ILLNESS WITH PNEUMONIA Death of Prominent Resident for 40 Years Is Shock to Community; Was Held in Highest Esteem, and Popular Among Publishers

Douglas Enterprise - November 19, 1936

Citizens of Douglas and community were shocked Saturday to learn of the sudden death of A.A. Clough, publisher of the Douglas Enterprise. Clough died at the age of 63.

Last Tuesday morning he came to work as usual, but complained that he did no feel very well. Shortly after 8 o'clock that morning he suffered a chill. Under doctor's orders he returned home and went to bed. Fearing that pneumonia would develop, he was taken to the hospital Wednesday noon.

He failed rapidly and his condition continually grew weaker. Death came at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Albert Aaron Clough was born at Sherbrooke, Canada, June 23, 1873. A short time later he moved with his parents to Council Bluffs, Ia., where he received his early education. While a young man at Council Bluffs Clough started his career as a newspaper man. His first job was hand-setting type on the old Non-Pareil in that city.

After gaining more experience in the printing business in several places he went to Omaha, Nebr. He worked on the old Omaha-World Herald and later became press foreman on that paper.

He came to Douglas in 1896 and spent about four years of his life in ranching near Douglas. He went to work on Bill Barlow's Budget, and was foreman on the paper for 13 years.

Clough then worked on the Enterprise for two years. He bought the paper 21 years ago, and ever since had been publisher and active manager.

Through his management and business ability the Enterprise has grown to be recognized as one of the outstanding weekly publications in the state. He was a life-long Republican and adhered faithfully to that political organization. In his private life politics did not interfere. He had numerous friends on all sides and was held in the highest regard by members of the Wyoming Press Association.

He was better known as "Bert" and was greeted by that name by men, women and children. In the printing industry he was known as the man who was always willing to help out and the one man who was always "good for a meal" to down and out printers.

Bert Clough was more than just a good friend to many people of Douglas. He helped them out in their troubles, and willingly gave his advice. He was a booster for the civic interests and welfare of Douglas and community at all times. Through his loyalty and friendship in business affairs he became one of the most highly respected and most prominent citizens of Douglas.

Besides the publishing business he had an interest for several years in the old Princess Theatre. He bought considerable real estate when Douglas was growing and stills owns some property in the townsite.

In the death of Bert Clough Douglas had lost a fine citizen. His daily calls and cheerful visits to the business houses of Douglas will be missed. He was married to Mayme L. Jarchow July 6, 1904, in Douglas. Left to mourn his passing are his widow, and two sons, Frederick and Albert, all living in Douglas. His parents, sister and brother preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Christ episcopal church, Rev. W. Hewton Ward officiating. A large number of his friends gathered to pay final tribute. Music was furnished by a quartet composed of T.C. Daniels, Scott E. Layton, W.D. Trethewey and John Kennedy. Mrs. R.J. Ditzler was the accompanist.

Burial was in Douglas Park Cemetery.


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