Bishop, Edith Luella (Smith) (September 9, 1860 - July 12, 1938)

Death Takes Another Pioneer

Mother Tuesday Mrs. Edith Bishop Succumbs Following Operation

Douglas Budget - July 14, 1938

Death claimed another of the few remaining pioneer settlers of Converse county when Mrs. Edith Bishop, mother of L.C. Bishop, passed away at the Douglas hospital about 6 o'clock Tuesday morning. She had been admitted to the hospital last Friday, submitting to an operation from which she failed to rally. Mrs. Bishop had visited Casper the day previous to her admission to the hospital. Her son had taken her to Denver three weeks ago for medical examination. She was mentally alert and apparently seemed in good health, and it was not until the physician's knife disclosed the dreaded cancer that her serious condition was known.

Edith Luella Smith was born at Jamesville, N.Y., September 9, 1860. There she lived until claimed as a bride by Spence A. Bishop, an early day bullwhacker through Wyoming territory, with a ranch on Lower LaPrele. They were married in Jamesville March 5, 1884, and immediately came to Wyoming, traveling the last part of their journey, from Rock Creek to Ft. Fetterman, by early day stage coach.

Mrs. Bishop made her home on the LaPrele ranch until her husband died in 1914. A few years following she lived on the ranch of her son, Clark, near Chalk Buttes, moving to town to spend her last remaining years.

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop were blessed with twelve children, two daughters preceding their mother in death. The sympathy of the community goes out to them in the loss of a loving and respected mother.

The surviving children are L.C. Bishop of Douglas; Clarence Bishop of Kellogg, Ida.; Oren of Memphis, N.Y., Maude Ebbert, Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Edith Covington, Denver, Colo.; Spencer of Malin, Ore., Arthur of Bremerton, Wash.; Cecil of Cody, Wyo.; Mrs. Edna Wolfe and Mrs. Mabel Rockwell, both of Midwest. Surviving also are twenty-six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren, and a brother, Oren Smith, of Jamesville, N.Y.

Funeral services are being held this afternoon from the Congregational church, Rev. Louis Gale in charge. Burial will be in Douglas Park cemetery. Pallbearers are E.B. Shaffner, D.M. Roush, Clement Ayres, Homer Powell, H.G. Peters, and Roy Brenning.


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