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Andrew P. "Pete" Anderson
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Birth: unknown
Death: Aug. 9, 1905
Natrona County
Wyoming, USA

Andrew P. Anderson Shot in the Abdomen and Leg by Henry Holland.

Holland is Said to Have Shot in Self-Defense and is Exhonorated{sic} by the Coroner's Jury - Anderson Wanted to Be a Bad Man.

On Wednesday evening of last week at about 6 o'clock on Deep Creek in Natrona county, near Lost Cabin, Andrew P. Anderson, who is commonly known at Pete Anderson, was shot and killed, by a half breed Indian, whose name is Henry Holland. Anderson was running sheep on shares for I.B. Okie and Holland was herding for Mr. Okie.

The trouble which lead to the shooting was told by Mrs. Anderson, wife of the dead man as follow:

We were moving our camp over to Woodruff's spring and had stopped to camp for dinner when this Indian Henry Holland heard of it and came down to our camp and began talking to me. I told him not to move his sheep down here for fear there would have been a mix-up. He stuck up his nose and went back up and chased his sheep down toward my camp. I went into the wagon and laid down on the bed and watched the sheep and say they were coming down to our. I soon saw the sheep were mixed up and our herder came and told me they were mixed. Our herder then got a little 22 gun and said he was going out to shoot prairie chickens. I suppose Henry Holland thought he got the gun to shoot him with. In a little while afterwards, Mr. Hugos(?) came down the road and he told me he had loaned Henry Holland his gun, so I thought he was after one herder, the Mexican. Our herder saw when Mr. Anderson came over the hill. Mr. Anderson saw me talking to this man and wanted to know what was the matter and I told him the Indian Holland had mixed up with us good and plenty. He started toward the Indian to see how he was mixed up. The Indian put his hand on his gun and Anderson saw it and fired. The Indian walked as fast as he could behind Mr. R-we-s horse and there was a lot of firing. I didn't stop to see who was hurt, but went toward the wagon. Mr. R-we-s horse was shot. The doctor came about an hour after and cleaned the wound and it seemed that Mr. Anderson's leg was badly hurt and they thought best to bring him to town to amputate the leg. Mr. Anderson was in great agony until he got to the head of Trout creek when he died at about 8:30 a.m.

Charles Hughes said that Anderson was over to the dipping pens, and when he came back his wife told him about the mix-up. He and the Indian, Henry Holland, began shooting. As far as he knew, Anderson fired the first shot. He said that Anderson shot three times and Holland shot five times.

Dr. ?.I. Jewell, who dressed Anderson's wounds said that when he came past Harry Bryant's camp, Albert Faull informed him that a man had been shot. He immediately went to the camp and found Anderson, who told him that he had been shot. On examination, he found two bullet wounds, one in the abdomen, about four inches to the left of the umbilicus. He extracted the bullet about five inches from where it entered, the range of the bullet was below the ? muscle next to the pe---eum and toward the crest of the ---. The other wound was in the right thigh at about the middle third, the bullet ranged down the bone, fracturing it. The wound in the abdomen undoubtedly caused death by the rupturing of the peritoneum and intestines. The place of shooting was at Woodruff's Spring on Deep Creek in Natrona county. The time of the shooting was 6 o'clock p.m. on August 9th, 1905.

Anderson's body was brought to Lost Cabin and County Attorney Butler telephoned instructions that the nearest justice of the peace to Lost Cabin should empanel a coroner's juty and hold an inquest and in accordance with Mr. Butler's instructions, Justice George W. Woolf subpoenaed Charles Bader, Michael Leahy, ?.A. Dougherty and John Irwin as jurors, who after viewing the body and listening to the above evidence rendered a verdict as follows:

We, the undersigned coroner's jury empanelled to hold an inquest upon the body of Andrew P. Anderson, do find that the said Anderson P. Anderson came to his death by the firing of a gun or pistol in the hands of Henry Holland and that the said firing and killing was ? in self defense that the said shooting occurred in Natrona county, Wyoming and that the said Andrew P. Anderson died in Natrona county, Wyoming, while being transported to Lost Cabin.

Natrona County Tribune; Casper, Wyoming.
August 17, 1905; Page One.
Specifically: Cemetery Unknown.
Created by: dm wms
Record added: Jul 12, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 93466800


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