Cross, Alexander Selkirk 'Sandy' (June 8, 1894 - November 20, 1969)


Unknown - November 27, 1969

In November 1946, John Charles Thompson, editor of the Wyoming State Tribune at Cheyenne, wrote an editorial about pioneer George Harry Cross entitled "A Landmark Passes" and the same may now be said of his son, Alexander Selkirk Cross, known to everyone as Sandy who died on November 20th in Memorial Hospital, Douglas, Wyoming.

Sandy was a gentleman of the old school, courteous, sensitive, kind, unassuming with a rare and generous sympathy toward his fellow men, ever ready to make life easier for anyone in need, a lover of nature, of the fields and mountains, of his experiments with wondrous plants and grasses which the earth produces; considerate of all animal life, his interest centered especially in his herd of Shorthorn cattle which over the years won many prizes in state and national livestock shows. He was cited, several years back by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce for fifty years of patronage of that market.

His was an exceptionally retentive memory and he was known as one of the best read men in Wyoming. Highly intelligent, an able historian, a philosopher, a humorist, he enjoyed nothing better than discussions of world affairs. The man was loved and greatly respected and his memory will live on in the hearts of the many who knew him.

Sandy, whose twin brother Robert lost his life in World War I, was born June 8th, 1894 and was educated in local schools and Regis College, Denver, Colorado. He leaves to grieve his loss, his wife Minna, his daughters Dorothy Cross and Elsie Dieninger of the family home, Margaret Gardiner, Aurora, Colorado; Frances Wittenberg, Hot Springs, South Dakota; two brothers, William and George; four sisters, Mary Williams and Alzire Cross of Douglas, Mrs. Edwin Ball and Mrs. Geoffrey Morton of Oakland, California. One sister, Elsie Hawley preceded him in death. There are also several nephews, nieces, grand nephews and nieces.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 24 at St. James Church. Burial was in the family plot at Douglas Park Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dick Strock, Wm. A. (Rory)Cross, George H. (Tim) Cross, Howard Huxtable, Willi Gabriel, and George Falkenburg.

Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Huxtable, Mort Peters, Richard Jackson, Lloyd Bruegeman, Leonard Shaw, Arthur Horr, Art C. Sims, Stanley Lass, Charles Bauman, Walter Dickeu, Robert Curtis, Henry Bolln, Joe Winkler, Castle Rock, Colo.; Dan Hansen, Kaycee, Wyo.; Julius Algermissen, Laramie, Wyoming; Joe Smisek, Omaha, Nebraska; and John Zaichkin.


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