Walter D Pease

Walter D Pease

Broome County, New York, USA
Death 17 Sep 1907 (aged 73)
Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA
Plot Lot 27 Sec D
Memorial ID 29168536 · View Source
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RE: Walter's pob:
In the news accounts below, there are 2 pob's :
Broome County, NY
Coutland, NY.

I gather "Coutland" is now consumed by "Cortland" NY in Cortland County. County lines may have changed--"Coutland" may have once been in Broome County. There is no Coutland in present day Broome County.

Walter's first marriage:

10 Feb 1857):
Lucy M. Noteware, daughter of Jacob
dob: 1833, Tioga County, NY
dod: 15 Feb 1874, Owega, Tioga, NY

1-2 children born of marriage, INCLUDING:
Mary L. Pease Storrie. Her husband, John, is buried in the Pease family plot; she is not.

Walter's 2nd marriage:

to Sarah E. Corey, May 1851 IL, dau of Alonzo & Anna Corey
Parents are buried in Cheyenne; she is not.

1 surviving child of the Pease/Corey marriage:
Bertha M Harrison nee Pease

Obituary and Newspaper reports:

Wyoming Tribune
18 September 1907

…Mr. Pease was 74 years old, having been born in Broome County New York in 1833…the eldest of 3 children

…at the opening of the Civil War he was assistant postmaster of Denver.

…he was twice married, his first wife being Miss Lucy Noteware, whom he married in IL in 1857. He married Miss Sarah E. Corey in 1872* and is survived by a daughter by both his first and second wife, Mrs. John Storey, wife of a prominent Lusk sheepman, and Mrs. George E. Harrison, formerly of Wheatland and now living in New Mexico

He separated from his second wife about 15 years, and has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. John Tobin, if being his own house.

Homer Underwood and Mrs. Clara Andrews [children of Abram and Virgia Underwood], formerly of this city and now in California, are the children of a deceased sister.

He leaves one other sister, Mrs. Ellen Turnbull [misspelled: "Turnbough"], of Denver.

*The marriage date of 1872 occurs BEFORE the death of his first wife's death. It is likely an error. Date of marriage is unknown—most likely after 1874.

Wyoming Tribune
19 September 1907—Thursday


…When Mr. Pease reached the cabin belonging to the city near the filter beds about 3 miles beyond Fort Russell yesterday he stopped there, saying he was not feeling well, and directed James Leatherman and Charles Pearson, the two men who were employed on the work at the galleries and who had accompanied Pease from town, to go on to work, saying that he would remain at the cabin and prepare dinner for the party if able to do so, and if not, that they would have to get their own dinner. The men did as directed. At noon they returned to the cabin. Pease was not there nor was dinner ready. The water pail was gone from its accustomed place. The men, knowing that the water commissioner had had sinking spells of late, began a search for him…

…for some time previous to the tragedy, Mr. Pease has appeared despondent and on several occasions told friends that he had little to live for and that his life was not happy.

…it was supposed that the old man was merely despondent over his failing health and lonely old age, but since his death it has developed that his mental disquiet was due to more serious causes.

There is practically no question that Mr. Pease was the father of a child recently born to a sixteen year old girl in the city, under whose influence she is said to have fallen.

It is this affair together with the demands for such reparation as he could make, made upon him by the father of the girl which no doubt prompted him to take his own life.

Letters written by Mr. Pease which have come to light, tacitly admit his guilt, as well as others which doubtless caused the aged man much distress.

An investigation of his effects and his estate show that he held considerable property and it is understood that claims will be made upon his administrators for the provision of the child.

…Mr. and Mrs. John Storrie [Mary Storrie, Walter's daughter] are en route from their ranch north of Lusk…George E. Harrison, husband of Mr. Pease's youngest daughter, Bertha, is attending the county fair at Wheatland, having come up from New Mexico for that purpose, and will probably accompany the Storries to Cheyenne.

Same day coverage, Cheyenne Daily Leader

One of the old pioneers of Cheyenne, a veteran of the Civil War and a veteran city and county official, committed suicide yesterday forenoon.

…Mr. Pease was born at Coultland, NY, 73 years ago. In August 18, 1864 he enlisted as a private in Co A, 3rd Colorado Cavalry. He was discharged Dec. 28, 1864, having completed his term of enlistment. He became a member of the Grand Army of the Republic July 13, 1883.

Mr. Pease came to Cheyenne in 1868, the town having g at that time just been settled…

For a number of years he was engaged in the freighting business between this city and Fort Laramie and other northern settlements. He then engaged in the grocery business with J. M. Taylor, under the firm name of Pease and Taylor. This business he was interested in from 1873 until 1881, the location of the firm's store being in the present Union Mercantile building.

Mr. Pease then took up a homestead on Crow creek…

…for 15 years or more Mr. Pease was connected with the city government
…he surveyed the Granite Springs reservoir. He is survived by a widow.

Wyoming Tribune
20 September 1907
page 3

Services to Be Held Tomorrow but Arrangements Not Yet Completed

The funeral of Walter D.. Pease will take place tomorrow, and burial will be had at Lakeview Cemetery.

Mr. and Mrs. John Storrie reached Cheyenne late last night, and today are making arrangements for the burial which are not yet completed.

Page 4
Dead Man Filed First Homestead Entry in Wyoming and Leaves Estate of $7,000
Coroner T. C. Murray yesterday decided that no inquest would be necessary in the case of City Water Commissioner W. D. Pease, who committed suicide at the municipal filter beds Tuesday morning, and the remains are now at the disposal of relatives. A daughter, Mrs. John Storey of Hat Creek, arrived in the city last evening, accompanied by her husband. Another daughter, Mrs. Bertha Harrison, resides in New Mexico. She has not yet been communicated with.

A post-mortem examination of the body of the suicide revealed that he had shot himself three times. The third wound is just back of the right ear and was the cause of death. The bullet shattered the skull and made an orifice though which the brain oozed.

Coroner Murray and Mayor Cook yesterday visited Pease's house in North Cheyenne and took charge of his effects there. They also made an examination of paper in his office at City Hall and there found documents which tend to throw some light on the motive for suicide. Such evidence as has been obtained indicates that his estate is worth between $6000and $7000.

Some time ago Pease informed a friend that when he died he desired his funeral services to be held at the First Methodist Church and that they be attended by the Grand Army of the Republic, of which organization he was a member.

Friends of Mr. Pease say that he enjoyed the distinction of being the first man to file a homestead claim in Wyoming. This claim is 9 miles from the city on Crow Creek, and was sold to the city a number of years ago for use in connection with the water system. It was on this claim that Pease killed himself Tuesday.

21 September

…Mrs. John Storrie (Mary L. Pease, Walter's daughter) in poor health…although she is only an adopted daughter of Mr. Pease*

The remains were deposited beneath the sod in the family lot in Lakeview cemetery, where the father, mother and two children of Mr. Pease had been laid before.

*Mary Pease is officially Walter's daughter. There is indirect support in the census record that she is Walter's granddaughter.

14 October 1907
…much smaller than has generally been supposed.

8 October 1907
Everett Glafcke succeeds W. D. Pease as County Surveyor

20 November 1907
Will of W. D. Pease admitted to probate. John Storrie of Hat Creek (Lusk, WY) appointed administrator. [the husband of Mary L. Pease]

5 Dec 1907
Wedding of Mr. Frank J. Currey and Miss Jessie Beatrice Turnbough.*

…will make home in Denver…she is a musician

*She is the daughter of Walter's sister, Ellen.

Wyoming Tribune
23 July 1908
page 1

Chris Liehe and daughter Grace Bring Suits against Estate of W. D. Pease.

In the district court today petitions were filed by Grace Liehe against the estate of Walter D. Pease,…for $5,000 which, it is alleged, Mr. Pease agreed to pay to her, she having consented to accept this amount in full reparation for her claim against Mr. Pease as the father of her child.. The petition states that in a verbal contract entered into in September 1907,, when the infant was born, Mr. Pease promised to pay this sum, but died on the 18th of that month without having made any arrangement for payment. The petition also claims that the petitioner being under the age of 18 years, is entitled to damages.

…a claim for the same amount by Chris Leihe , Grace's guardian

No outcome of the Liehe suit could be found by me in the newspaper. View the Liehe family, including Walter's putative child out of wedlock, at
"Cheyenne, WY Inquiries" tree on

Chris Liehe estate settlement by Rosa, his wife. No Liehe family members are known to be buried in Cheyenne, WY

Clint Black Jr. -- June, 2011

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