Bolln, George (1847 - March 3, 1904)


An Old Resident Dies and is Buried at Sea While Enroute Home From Europe

Bill Barlows Budget - March 16, 1904

Enroute home from a trip to Europe, accompanied by Henry, his 13-year-old son, George Bolln, of Douglas, died and was buried at sea. The lad wired for funds on landing at Hoboken, New Jersey, on Friday last, simply saying that his father was dead; but later a telegram was received from W.F. Hamilton, of this city, who is in Hoboken on business, giving more particulars. Mrs. Bolln left Saturday for Omaha, where she met her son and both returned home yesterday.

From Mr. Fred Winterstein, who arrived from the east on Monday and who met the son of the deceased at Chicago and journeyed with him as far as Omaha, we learn that Mr. Bolln and his son sailed on the 27th of February. At that time Mr. Bolln was in the best of health and spirits, having gained eighteen pounds since he left home. He was taken sick a couple of days later, and was removed to the ship hospital where he died on the morning of the 3d of March and was buried at sea. Henry says he was not told that his father was seriously ill; that he was not even told of the burial so that he might be present-that he never saw his father again in fact, after he was taken from their cabin. He was told, afterwards, by one of the doctors who attended the deceased that he died of a bladder trouble-that three physicians had been called in consultation on the case, but could do nothing.

George Bolln came to this county a young man, and located at Cheyenne. He ran a hotel there from 1882 to 1885, and in 1886 came to Old Fort Fetterman where he and a man named Rastaetter bought the Tillottson store. After Douglas was selected as the county seat then firm removed to this place, and later Rastaetter retired-Mr. Bolln continuing the business and giving it his personal attention up to the day of his departure for Europe, which trip was taken for the double purpose of a visit to his old home and in the belief that his health would be improved. During his residence here Mr. Bolln was prominent in both business and political circles, having served as mayor and councilman of the city, and as a commissioner of the county. No man in central Wyoming was more widely known; is death is universally regretted. He leaves a wife, daughter and son, who having the sympathy of everyone.

Douglas Lodge No. 15, I.O.O.F., of which deceased was a member will hold memorial services at the lodge room on Sunday afternoon next, at 3 o'clock, to which all members of the order are invited. Friends of the deceased are also discussion the proposition of raising a fund by popular subscription for the purpose of erecting a handsome public drinking fountain to be centrally located, as a monument to his memory.

Name of Wife-Source: "Pages From Converse County's Past"
Wyoming Historical Press; Casper, WY 82602 1986


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