Armstrong, Martin (Unknown - 1893)

Died on the Prairie

Bill Barlows Budget - September 6, 1893

On Wednesday last as Mr. Ed. Smith , of the Lower LaPrele, was riding near that stream, in the neighborhood of Fryer's ranch, hunting stray cows, he came upon the body of a man lying on the ground on his face, and near him a horse tied to a sage-brush. Joining Mr. Heckethorn-with whom he had been riding until a few minutes before he made this discovery both set out for Douglas but meeting Deputy Sheriff Allen Mr. Smith turned back. The horse-which was nearly dead from hunger and thirst was released, and the coroner telegraphed. Mr. Louger came in on the next train, and took charge of the body. Deceased was a ranch employee named Martin Armstrong, who has been in this section several years. He has of late been a great sufferer from asthma, which disease unquestionably caused his death. It was evident that he had started for Douglas, and feeling very sick had dismounted, unsaddled his horse and tied it to a sage brush, and laying down on the ground had died there, alone. He had about $175 in cash in his pockets when found. The body had been lying there several days and was badly decomposed-so much so that it was impossible to move it, and it was buried near the place where it was found.

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