John W. Proctor

John W. Proctor

Birth
Indiana, USA
Death 1 Jan 1897 (aged 53–54)
Hope, Bonner County, Idaho, USA
Burial Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA
Plot Lawn 19
Memorial ID 19584485 · View Source
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"A picturesque figure, seen often on the city's streets in the '90s was John W. Proctor, more generally known as 'Death on the Trail.' Proctor stood six feet six, and wore habitually the attire of the frontier. He had drifted to the Spokane country from Dakota, where he was the original locator of the town of Bismarck, and had seen service as a scout with the United States troops in the Black Hills and for General Custer in the Sioux war. His home was on the river bank in Peaceful valley, and as he never posed as a desperado or tough man, he had many friends and admirers. He found occupation as guide to hunting parties and at prospecting for mineral. He met his death, New Year's day, 1897, by falling from a rocky cliff near Hope, Idaho."

From History of the City of Spokane and Spokane Country, Washington ..., Volume 1, by Nelson Wayne Durham


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  • Created by: Miriam
  • Added: 28 May 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19584485
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John W. Proctor (1843–1 Jan 1897), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19584485, citing Greenwood Memorial Terrace, Spokane, Spokane County, Washington, USA ; Maintained by Miriam (contributor 46497933) .