|Birth: ||Aug. 17, 1877|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 1921|
Sherican Enterprise no. 56
October 12, 1921
Page 1 & 4
City Takes on Touch of Mourning In Memory of Slain Peace officer
Body of William S. McPherren Laid to Rest in Mount Hope Cemetery; Hundreds Pack Elks Lodge Rooms at Funeral Services
Flags in Sheridan are at half mast today and all county offices remains closed, while the entire city is quieted by a touch of mourning in memory of Undersheriff William S. McPherren, killed Friday night in a battle with bootleggers near Monarch. The body was lowered to its resting place in Mount Hope Cemetery this afternoon following services in the Elks Lodge rooms, which were packed nearly to overflowing by relatives and friends of the peace officer.
Early this afternoon the body was removed to the lodge rooms from Reed's undertaking parlors, and an undending procession wended its way past the flower-banked casket until the services started at 2:30 o'clock. The Rev. Dean Samuel West conducted services at the lodge rooms, under auspices of the Elks Lodge, and paid fitting tribute to the most popular peace officers in Sheridan county's history. The casket and rostrum were literally covered with floral tributes.
Active pallbearers were selected from members of the police force, with which Mr. McPherren was connected for 14 years before resigning to become undersheriff. They included Chief of Police Ole Pointer, Guy Webb, Lee Moody, Clyde Ragen, Orville Staggs and Henry Walker.
Honarary pallbearers included B. A. Newcomer, M. J. Ryan, William Dunning, John F. Raper, Roy Bedford and W. T. Price. The latter included members of the sheriff's force and raiding party which participated in the fatal moonshine holdup last Friday night.
Among the mourners, in addition to Mrs. McPherren and two children, Bud and Betty, were Mr. McPherren's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McPherren of Republic, Kas., and Ed McPherren, a brother, of Frannie, Wyo.
Thomas Gibson, father of Mrs. W. S. McPherren, arrived in the city last night from his home at Rock Springs, Wyoming, and a brother-in-law, R. E. French, also attended the funeral.
The services lasted nearly an hour, after which the casket was borne to the waiting hearse and headed the long cortege to Mount Hope cemetery, where Dean West said the final ritual over the body as it was lowered to its last resting place.
Sheridan Enterprise no. 46
October 8, 1921
William S. McPherren was born at Republic, Kas., Aug. 17, 1877, and spent his boyhood there. He came to Sheridan in 1898 and was connected with the Dietz Coal company for some time, later joining the Sheridan police force about 1907. He left the police for a time to engage in well drilling , returning to the force later and serving successively as patrolman and other positions to police chief. He resigned from the police force six months ago to accept the appointment of Undersheriff under Sheriff U. A. C. Thomas.
Funeral Arrangements Are Not Completed
Mr. McPherren is survived by Mrs. McPherren, who was Miss Ida Miller before her marriage, and two children, Bud and Betty. The family home is at 819 Emerson Street. There are also three brothers, Ed McPherren of Frannie, Wyo.; Burt of Omaha, Neb.; Emerald of Los Angeles, Calif.; and two sisters, Mrs. Cora Freuch of Republic, Kas., and Mrs. Robby Laymon of Fairfield, Neb. The parents are Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McPherren of Republic, Kas.
James Calvin McPherren (1843 - 1922)
Elizabeth Adella McFadden McPherren (1845 - 1926)
Ida Geneva Miller McPherren (1884 - 1953)*
Maudie J McPherren (____ - 1881)*
Alvaretta Adela McPherren Laymon (1870 - 1937)*
Calvin Herbert McPherren (1872 - 1946)*
Cora Addie McPherron French (1875 - 1949)*
William Shaw McPherren (1877 - 1921)
George E McPherren (1884 - 1957)*
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