Pung Chung

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Pung Chung

Birth
China
Death 4 Jan 1922 (aged 71–72)
Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot LUDVIGS_295_7_1
Memorial ID 73046867 · View Source
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Wyo Death Cert #140

Rock Springs Rocket no. 5 January 06, 1922
CHINESE HAS CHRISTIAN FUNERAL SERVICE

Ping Chung, Chinese, age 66 years, died at his home in Chinatown on Wednesday of this week from bronchitis. Ping Chung has lived here for many years, having been employed by the Union pacific Coal company. At his request the funeral was held according to the American custom and was attended by many of the Union Pacific Coal company officials. Rev. N.P. Nagler conducted the services today. The Chinese ceremonies were held at Ace’s parlors preceding the Christian ceremony. Interment was made in the Mountainview cemetery.
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Rock Springs Rocket no. 5 January 06, 1922
CHINESE HAS CHRISTIAN FUNERAL SERVICE

Ping Chung, Chinese, age 66 years, died at his home in Chinatown on Wednesday of this week from bronchitis. Ping Chung has lived here for many years, having been employed by the Union pacific Coal company. At his request the funeral was held according to the American custom and was attended by many of the Union Pacific Coal company officials. Rev. N.P. Nagler conducted the services today. The Chinese ceremonies were held at Ace’s parlors preceding the Christian ceremony. Interment was made in the Mountainview cemetery.
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Union Pacific Coal Company Employe’s Magazine, Apr 1929
Pun Chung Remembered In Rock Springs
By Jessie Stark

Pun Chung, deceased, Oriental, servant, miner, American and Christian, was one of the real old timers of Rock Springs and of The Union Pacific Coal Company and a story about him written by Vice President Geo. B. Pryde appeared in the early issues of the “Employes’ Magazine.”

He is recalled now because no consideration of the part contributed by the Oriental to the final cosmopolitan understanding of the Southern Wyoming coal town could be complete without a grateful remembering of the most loved old Chinaman.

“Pun Chung,” says Judge David G. Thomas, a life-long friends of Pun’s, “was extremely well liked by the townsfolk and the men with whom he worked because of his genuiness and general good nature. He loved cats and dogs and made a collection of all the strays he could find, taking them to his home, where they seemed to imbibe some of Pun’s spirit, and lived in peace and harmony. I have known him to have a crippled pigeon, a rooster and any number of cats and dogs living under his roof at the same time—and apparently enjoying each other’s company. There have been times when he spent as much as $12.00 a month on milk for his cats and meat for the dogs.”

Although Pun Chung was barred from citizenship because he was born in China, he adopted the Untied States for his country, was eager to learn her ideals and purposes, and supported them loyally. He learned some of the popular American songs and, to the especial delight of his working companions, used to sing them during lunch hour. In turn he taught them Chinese songs.

He had often repeated the request that when he died he should be given a Christian burial and had extracted a promise from his friends that his bones should not be returned to China as was the custom. Indeed this provision was, it is said, written into the working contract of the Chinese workmen who helped build the Union Pacific railroad—that their bones be returned to China. But Pun wished a Christian burial and, when he died, a group of citizens, among whom were Judge Thomas and Geo. B. Pryde bought a lot in Mountain View cemetery and saw that he was buried with a Christian service, later erecting a small stone over his grave which bears this inscription, “Pun Chung—he was the friend of every living thing.”

Gravesite Details Original stone read "Pun Chung--he was a friend of every living thing"

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  • Created by: Angela Cable
  • Added: 8 Jul 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 73046867
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pung Chung (1850–4 Jan 1922), Find a Grave Memorial no. 73046867, citing Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Angela Cable (contributor 47277708) .