Bamford, Thomas (January 5, 1868 - March 7, 1945)

Tom Bamford Dies Suddenly

Wednesday of Heart Attack Was Douglas Resident Since 1898; First Came to Wyoming in 1874

Douglas Budget - March 8, 1945

Douglas and Converse county lost another pioneer citizen in the death of Thomas Bamford Wednesday. He passed away suddenly at his home in the Brownfield Addition at 12:30 Wednesday afternoon. Death was caused by a heart attack. He had not been feeling well for several days, but was up and around and his condition was not thought to have been serious. His age was 77 years, two months and two days.

Tom Bamford pioneers of Wyoming. He first entered the state in 1874 behind a herd of cattle being brought in to the Big Horn basin from Utah. His resident in Converse county dates from 1898, some 47 years ago.

He was born in England on January 5, 1868. His mother died when he was but an infant. When six years of age he came to the United States to join his father who had come over before him. Detroit was his home for a time and then he came with his father to southeastern Wyoming where the elder Bamford homesteaded.

When his father moved from Wyoming to Denver, Colo., Thomas Bamford hired out to an English syndicate trailing cattle from Utah into Northern Wyoming. He was 16 years of age when he joined the company. He was with them three years.

In 1897 he came to Douglas and had been a resident of this community ever since. On June 16, 1901, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Lillie M. Hood. In his early life here he was a carpenter and contractor. A dozen or so houses in Douglas were erected by Tom Bamford. He built his own home in the Brownfield Addition within the past two years.

He was affiliated with the Modern Woodmen and the Townsend Club. He was a man of temperate habits, trustworthy and energetic. Aside from his construction activities he as farmed a number of places near Douglas.

Left to mourn his passing are his widow and daughter, Mrs. L.E. Robins, both of Douglas; a sister, Mrs. Charles Rockwell of Ardwat, Colo.; two granddaughters, Mrs. I.O. Couch of Lake Jackson, Tex., and Mrs. G.G. Corrington of Aruba, West Indies, who is now in Douglas. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are awaiting word from relatives and are not definite at this time, although tentative plans are to hold the rites at the Congregational church at 2:30 p.m. Friday.


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