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 Charles William Skinner

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Charles William Skinner

  • Birth 5 Jan 1856 Green County, Wisconsin, USA
  • Death 7 May 1925 Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA
  • Plot Elks, Block 8 Lot 5
  • Memorial ID 59234297

Between 1876-1880 He owned and operated a freight outfit out of Cheyenne. he arrived in Big Horn, WY on October 12, 1880. He formed a partnership with John Henry Sackett in 1880. He was an original stock holder and land owner in Big Horn, Wyoming.

Founded town, Big Horn, Wyoming. Went on a wagon train hauling groceries. He was a Rancher. He liked the area. Put up a store in Big Horn that is still in operation today, it is still in the family. Followed George, John, Ben, Bill. The last three eventually returned.

He had 2 sons and 2 daughters. 6 brothers, John, James, Frank, Tom and Hugh and Mary Van slyke. of Clarksville. George went to Wyoming when he was 20 years old. He married after going west. 1 son and 1 daughter married. One son became a teacher and one daughter became a nurse and joined the navy.

SHERIDAN PRESS; Sheridan, Wyoming, May 11, 1925
"MANY EXPRESSIONS OF REGRET OVER DEATH OF CHARLES W. SKINNER ARE HEARD HERE"

Many expresions of regret over the death of Charles W. Skinner, prominent Big Horn rancher and one of the pioneers of Sheridan County, were heard here Friday and Saturday. " The passing of Mr. Skinner is to me almost like the loss of a member of the family" C. I. Sackett, attorney said: " I have known him since my childhood. He was one of the very earliest settlers in this part of the state, few of whom remain. He came to Wyoming in 1879 and engaged in a partnership with my father, J. H. Sackett. They examined what is now Sheridan County and then located in what is now Big Horn where in 1880 they established the frist merchandise store in this county.
The only means of transporting merchandise was by 2 ten mule teams by means of which their goods were transported from Cheyenne, 350 miles by trail. Few of the old timers of that year remained in this county. In 1881, he helped establish the first school and he with O. P. Hanna, W. E. Jackson, Jack Dow and J. O. Willits established the first town site in Sheridan County at Big Horn. He and J. J. Wagner and my father brought in the first steam saw mill and provided the first lumber and shingles for the buildings in the County. From this lumber the first substantial store building in the county was erected. The building still stands in good condition and is used as a general store at Big Horn.
Mr Skinner was also interested in the promotion of the first irrigation projects and development of the farming industry in the County, and at his death owned one of the very best improved irrigated farms in the county. It is quite remarkable that he helped organize the first Fair association in the State of Wyoming and the first Fair was held on the Sackett- Skinner lands. Charles Skinner was a real pioneer, a courages trail braker, an excellent rancher, an exemplary citizen and an associate of the finest friendliness, was L. H.Brooks tribute to Mr Skinner's memory.

May have been born on 5/25/1925 according to cemetery records.


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  • Created by: Marsha Hanson Dillon
  • Added: 26 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 59234297
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles William Skinner (5 Jan 1856–7 May 1925), Find A Grave Memorial no. 59234297, citing Sheridan Municipal Cemetery, Sheridan, Sheridan County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Marsha Hanson Dillon (contributor 46953066) .