Edward Archibald Slack

Edward Archibald Slack

Owego, Tioga County, New York, USA
Death 25 Mar 1907 (aged 64)
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Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA
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Wyoming Tribune*
Cheyenne, Wyoming
25 Mar 1907 (Monday)
page 1


Veteran Editor Succumbs After a Six Weeks' Illness---He Was a True Pioneer, a Trail Blazer in the New Wyoming and a Dynamo of Force and Energy.

...Col. Edward A. Slack died on Saturday afternoon at about 4:40 o'clock.

Death was due to a complication of diseases from which he had been suffering for a number of years...

All the member of Col. Slack's family were present when the end came except his son-in-law, Mr. Wallace C. Bond, who is in Washington on business and who will return tonight. The funeral serves will be held Tuesday, according to the rites of the Knight Templar, of which the deceased was for many years an honored member. The other Masonic bodies, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Elks will also attend in a body to honor his memory. The remains may be viewed between ten and twelve o'clock Tuesday morning at the Temple, where he will lie in state.

Edward Archibald Slack was one of the remarkable men of Wyoming. For nearly forty years he had been a resident of the state, during the greater part of that time was the editor and owner of influential newspapers, through which he made the force and energy of his own character felt throughout the state.

He came to Wyoming in 1868. He was born in Owego, NY, in October, 1842, the son of Artemus Slack, a prominent eastern civil engineer. His mother, Mrs. Esther Morris, was for many years a widely known resident of Cheyenne and has been called the "mother of Woman Suffrage in Wyoming."

At the age of eighteen, when the Civil War broke out, he enlisted in the 19th ILL Infantry in which he served until 1864, when he returned to Chicago and completed his education at the Chicago University. While in Chicago he learned the printer's trade and his first enterprise in this state was the establishment of a newspaper at the then flourishing mining camp of South Pass, and was also chosen clerk of the district court.

In 1871 he was married to Miss Sarah F. Neely, at Springfield, IL, his bride being the sister of Mrs. John M. Palmer. General Palmer at that time being governor of Illinois...He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Wallace Bond and Mrs. William Dubois.

In the year in which he was married, Col. Slack removed to Laramie, where he began the publication of the Laramie Independent, later the Laramie Sun, which in March 1876, he removed to Cheyenne, where he purchased the Cheyenne News and still later the Cheyenne Leader. [Slack managed the paper until 1904].

...Col. Slack was prominent as a leader and a worker. He was prompt to take his stand on questions of public moment and was vigorous and undaunted in his advocacy of what he considered wisest and best. His paper was the first to advocate statehood, was alone for a number of years in its demand for free text books for the schools, urged the placing of adequate exhibits in the national expositions, early recommended the cooperation of newspapers for the good of the state and its editor was the first president of the Wyoming Editorial Association.

He enthusiastically supported the movement for industrial conventions which have resulted n the establishment of a permanent state fair. As a member of the Pioneer's association he forwarded and encouraged the first Frontier Day, which has become a permanent feature in Cheyenne.

Cheyenne's Building and Loan Association, its splendid water works and sewer system and other matters of public improvement and enterprise received valuable aid and support through the vigor and enthusiasm of his endorsement.

He was an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic, being at one time commander of the J. F. Reynolds post, and of the various Masonic bodies and the Order of Elks. He was appointed receiver of the United States Land Office in 1898 by President McKinley and was reappointed in 1902...

His force of character, his many years of activity in Wyoming, and his wide and lasting influence all combined to make him one of the most prominent men that Wyoming has produced during the past 25 years, and what he has accomplished are among the things that endure.
*The newspaper of his competitor and friend, Wm Deming.
--submitted by Clint Black, Nov 2011

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 29170089
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Edward Archibald Slack (Oct 1842–25 Mar 1907), Find A Grave Memorial no. 29170089, citing Lakeview Cemetery, Cheyenne, Laramie County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Eric Crow (contributor 46623671) .