|Birth: ||1857, Germany|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1897|
Ferdinand A Meyers owner of the Gold Hill boarding house in Cripple Creek was shot and fatally wounded on 11 Aug 1897
by a Cripple Creek deputy over a sixty-cent chicken. Meyers and a neighbor had argued over the chicken both claiming they owned the chicken. The neighbor complained to the deputy that Meyers had stolen her chicken. When confronted by the deputy at Meyers place, a grocery and feed store, Meyers laughed and denied that he had stolen the chicken and that the deputy needed a warrant to arrest him. He also said that if the deputy tried to arrest him that the deputy had to kill him, whereupon the deputy pulled his gun and fired point-blank into Meyers. The deputy forced the fatally wounded Meyers to walk towards the jail but Meyers collapsed from his wound. A doctor was summoned who helped move Meyers into the jail and to a bed. Because of the seriousness of the wound, the doctor knew that Meyers was dying and asked what had happened and wrote down Meyers statement. The deputy was arrested and Meyers was sent to a hospital in Pike's Peak where he was operated on but he died on 17 Aug 1897.
Mary Meyers was not immediately told about her husband being shot. Because she was very ill with dropsy (edema) and other ailments, family and friends were afraid that Mary would die when she learned of the news. Mary did die just seven weeks after her husband on 03 Oct 1897 in Littleton, Colorado at the home of her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Hildebrand.
Ferdinand A. Meyers was buried at Mount Pisgah Cemetery. Although Mary's name had been added to his headstone, her family buried her at the Littleton Cemetery, according to her obituary in the Castle Rock Journal.
Mary Drick Meyers (1862 - 1897)*
Mount Pisgah Cemetery
Plot: Block L Row 5 Plot 111
Maintained by: Sharon Landreth
Originally Created by: Ron West
Record added: May 17, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 110741048
Added: Feb. 6, 2017