Campbell, Malcolm (July 4, 1839 - July 20, 1932)

Malcolm Campbell Dead

BULL WHACKER OF TERRITORIAL DAYS, PIONEER PEACE OFFICER AND CONVERSE COUNTY'S FIRST SHERIFF WAS 93 WHEN DEATH TERMINATED EXCEPTIONALLY COLORFUL CAREER

Douglas Enterprise - July 26, 1932

Malcolm Campbell, Converse county's first sheriff, a true pioneer in Wyoming of the rugged type which made possible the withstanding of the hardships peculiar to the frontier and one of Wyoming's early days bull whackers, was Saturday afternoon laid to his final rest in the Odd Fellows cemetery at Casper, the while hundreds of friends, many of them virtually life-long, paid tribute to a venerable citizen-one whose living brought credit to the community in which he so long resided and so well loved.

Mr. Cambpell, 93 years of age, was stricken by paralysis on Friday, July 15th in his home at Casper, and though he remained conscious to the end, succumbed shortly after midnight Wednesday, July 20th.

Malcolm Campbell was a native of Canada, having been born on a farm near London, Ontario, July 4, 1839. There he grew to manhood, migrating to the United States and the State of Iowa when 25 years old. A year later he moved to Nebraska and in 1867 came to Wyoming, walking a distance of about 25 miles from the then west end of the Union Pacific line into Cheyenne. In 1872 he drifted into Fort Fetterman, near Douglas, with four yokes of oxen and a wagon, after having spent some time near Fort McPherson, deep in the Indian country, helping Alva Ayres cut ties for the Union Pacific railway which then was being pushed westward. At Fort Fetterman, he and Mrs. Campbell, whom he married as Miss Priscilla Noble, in Nebraska in about 1875, conducted a boarding house for several years and it was while so engaged that he first became acquainted with former Governor B.B. Brooks, who remained his life-long friend.

In 1888 Mr. Campbell was appointed sheriff of Converse county, being the fist to serve the county. In such capacity he came in personal contact with the "bad men" of the West of that day; came in for wide recognition as the capturer of the notorious Alfred Packer, the "man eater" when the alleged destroyer of five companions en route from Salt Lake City, Utah to the mines near Saguache, Colo., was arrested at Fort Fetterman while posing as Stewart, and by Campbell escorted to Laramie City, and contributed largely toward the maintenance of order in the period when cattle rustling was a constant menace to stock men of the range country. During such incumbency he located on a ranch on the Platte at Inex just above Fort Fetterman. Retiring from the sheriff's office he served for several years as chief of police in the Town of Douglas, before moving to Casper in 1920 to make his home while engaged as a watchman for one of the important oil companies.

Of Sturdy Make-Up
Despite the hardships endured as they must be in the unsettled plains country, Malcolm Campbell retained his unusual sturdiness even to the time stricken a few days before his death. More than four score and 10 years of age he frequently visited Douglas since retiring from active labor a couple or three years ago and always enjoyed the opportunity to reminisce with old friends who, too, enjoyed every such occasion for his mind remained keen and his memory clear. As a member of the state historical and landmarks commission he traveled considerably and often recited, in his interesting way, incidents experiences during his long and colorful life in Wyoming. At the time of his passing he was the oldest Odd Fellow, the oldest Democrat, the oldest peace officer and one of the oldest pioneers in the state.

About a year ago a book containing vividly pictured pen accounts of many of his experiences was issued. Robert W. David is the author of the work which is titled: "Malcolm Campbell, Sheriff," and has already become a popular seller in Wyoming.

Malcolm Campbell, who was privileged to live a life unusually full and to enjoy the respect of his fellowman throughout the many years, is survived by Mrs. Priscella Campbell, the widow; two sons: Donald, Midwest; Malcolm S., Casper and a daughter Mrs. Kate Allen who resides in Washington state; a brother, Ben of Douglas, and several grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock from the Odd Fellows hall in Casper with the eulogy by Rev. Charles S. Bream and the burial ceremony in charge of the Casper lodge, I.O.O.F. Many attended from Douglas and Converse county.

The active pall bearers included several long-time friends of the deceased, in Douglas. These were A.R. Merritt, Albert W. Peyton, William F. Mecum and Eli Peterson.

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