Clelland, Lester W. (December 13, 1847 - May 13, 1922)


Pioneer Citizen of County Answers Last Summons HERE OVER FORTY YEARS Deceased Long Prominent in Community and Had Love and Esteem of His Neighbors

Douglas Budget - May 18, 1922

One more of the pioneers of Converse county answered the final summons when death came to Lester W. Clelland at his home in Douglas last Saturday evening. The end came after an extended illness, which had for many weeks kept him confined to his home. A sudden sinking spell cam Saturday morning, death resulting at 8 that evening.

It was over forty years ago when Mr.Clelland first came to Wyoming, coming here in 1881. He later returned to his native state, but soon came back and ever since has been a potent force in the development of the country and had a part in the many activities for the betterment of the city and county.

He was in his seventy-fifth year, having been born at Kenton, O., December 13, 1847, the son of William A. and Betsy Ricketts Clelland. His mother died when he was an infant and his father when he was but 2 years of age. He spent hi youth in Ohio, coming to Wyoming in 1881 and locating in Cheyenne. He returned to Ohio after a couple of years, but the call of the west had reached him and he came back to this state and engaged in the ranching business. He first settled on Wagonhound, later acquiring the Old Fort Fetterman ranch property, one of the best in the state, located on the Platte at the mouth of LaPrele creek. This property he still owned, though he had made his home in Douglas for many years.

The esteem in which he was held by the people of this county was attested by the frequency with which they elected him to office whenever he was a candidate. He was elected treasurer of the county in 1902 and was re-elected to the position. Then the people chose him as county clerk, in which office he served two terms, and in 1910 he was sent to Cheyenne to represent this county in the Legislature. In 1916 he was again a candidate for the office of county clerk and was again elected, being returned to the place in 1918 without opposition. Competent, faithful, accomodating, he was the ideal official.

February 25, 1873, Mr. Clelland was married to Miss Olive L. Gutherie, who survives him. They made their home at Marion, O., until they came to Wyoming. In a few months they would have celebrated their golden wedding had Death spared him. Their married life was a beautiful one, and to the faithful helpmeet of nearly half a century goes the unstinted sympathy of a community which knows the great loss she has suffered.

Mr. Clelland was a member of Ashlar Lodge, A.F. & A.M., and of the Knights Templar and the funeral was under the auspices of those bodies. Services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. H.E. Shepherd. The music was by a quartet consisting of Mrs. C.E. Clark, Miss Florence Cook, Messrs, Scott Layton and Olin Darby.

The pallbearers were M.R. Collins, J.C. Saul, T.C. Rowley, C.H. McWhinnie, Charles F. Maurer and A.D. Cook, the Knights Templar acting as escort and the members of Ashlar Lodge preceeding the cortege to the cemetery. At the grave the Masonic burial service was given by the officials of Ashlar Lodge.

Burial was in Douglas cemetery.

Information on Lester's wife, Olive Guthrie Clelland and Olive's parents, Isaac and Rachel Guthrie, from "Pages From Converse County's Past",
Heritage Book Committee
Wyoming Pioneer Association
Converse County
Douglas, Wyoming
John R. Pexton, Chairman 1986


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