Bolln, Henry Joseph (August 18, 1890 - June 29, 1973)

Henry J. Bolln

Unknown - July 12, 1973

Final rites for Douglas pioneer resident, Henry Joseph Bolln, 82, were held July 3 at Stark-Lapham Funeral Chapel in Douglas, with the Rev. David Moore of Glenrock, officiating. Mr. Bolln passed away June 29, at Converse County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Bolln, a native of Douglas, was born August 18, 1890, to George and Pauline Muegrel Bolln, early day residents of this area. The elder Bolln, a pioneer merchant at Fort Fetterman, moved his store-the George Bolln Company-from the fort to the new town of Douglas in about 1888.

Henry attended local grade schools and took his high school work at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Sometime after his return to Douglas, he accepted a position as cashier of the newly organized Douglas National Bank, a position he held for many years prior to assuming the bank's presidency. At this same time he also assumed the management of the George Bolln Company which had expanded considerably from the pioneer grocery store.

Henry was united in marriage with the former Elizabeth Williams of Douglas, November 10, 1926. In the late 1930's, failing health forced him to dispose of his holdings and to retire permanently from the business world.

Violins-A Fascinating Hobby

Not content to be idle he experimented with his talent for fine wood-working, and so began a fascinating hobby of making violins. He used only imported wood from Germany, to which he applied the precision and technique of a master craftsman. His instruments, numbering nearly fifty, drew praise from non-professional as well as professional violinists, and were the subject of feature stories appearing in The Denver Post and the Yuma (Arizona) Daily Sun.

Community Activities

A veteran of World War I, Mr. Bolln was a 50-year member and past commander of Samuel Mares Post No. 8, American Legion. At the advent of World War II, he served as the first president of Converse County's draft board, and in 1946 was named by fellow county board presidents to travel to Washington D.C. to represent Wyoming at an awards ceremony at the White House, at which President Truman presided.

Henry was one of ten contributing founders of the Douglas community golf course, and also an ardent supporter and lifetime member of the Wyoming Pioneer Associating.

He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth; a son, John of Pomona, California; a daughter, Priscilla, and a sister, Mrs. Edgar H. Davis, both of whom reside in New York City; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Cecil Coe, J.B. Sullivan, Vern Knisely, Charles George and two nephews, Carl Williams of Denver, and James P. Williams of Casper.

Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.


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