William Henry O'Donnell

Photo added by Angela Cable

William Henry O'Donnell

Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 12 Oct 1906 (aged 54)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot PARK_112_7_3
Memorial ID 76771199 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Utah death certificate

Rock Springs Miner no. 41 October 13, 1906

The entire community was saddened Friday morning by the news of the death of one of our best beloved and oldest citizens, Mr. William H. O'Donnell. Mr. O'Donnell was taken to Salt Lake for treatment more than a week ago and his condition had been considered serious, but his friends still hoped for more favorable news until the telegram came announcing that he had passed away at half after six Friday morning, at the Holy Cross Hospital.

His kind heart and cheerful disposition endeared him to all who knew him and he will be sorely missed in our city. His vacant desk will daily cause a pang of regret to pass through the hearts of many who were always sure of a kindly word of greeting. In his family his loss will be irreparable as he was a devoted father and husband.

Mr. O'Donnell was born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1851 and had consequently attained the age of fifty-five years. Owing to his mother's death he started for himself when quite young and from his thirteenth year until the time of his death he had practically made his own way in the world.

In the year 1868 he came to Wyoming, stopping first at Salt Wells, thence in succession going to Point of Rocks, and Piedmont remaining but a brief time in each place.

During the Sweetwater excitement of 1869 he drove stage from Point of Rocks to South Pass, and in the year following engaged in railroad work, which he continued about eighteen months. He then became connected with The Wyoming Coal and Mining Company remaining with them about a year and a half. He then decided to go to Nebraska and engage in agricultural pursuits but his career as a farmer was of short duration, for the grass hopper destroyed his first crops and he again turned his face toward Wyoming, which he ever after called home.

On returning to Rock Springs he accepted a position in the coal department of the Union Pacific Railroad where he remained until 1884 when he resigned this place to accept the position of foreman, with the Beckwith Commercial Co.

Later he went into business for himself and for some time conducted a meat market which he sold in 1886. Since that time he has been engaged in looked after his private interests, and attending to the duties of several public offices. He served one term as county assessor and was for seven years a member of the board of county commissioners.

Only a few weeks ago he purchased the entire business of the Crystal Market of which he had been part owner, and was at the time of his death the proprietor of this flourishing business.

Mr. O'Donnell was a loyal citizen to Rock Springs, having seen it grow from a few houses to the prosperous town it now is, and he had the honor of being its first Mayor.

On October 18, 1870, he was united in marriage, in Cheyenne, with Miss Mary Tobin. To this union were born eight children all of whom survive to mourn the first break in the family circle.

His daughters Mrs. Mary E. Whipperman, of Idaho Falls, Ida., Mrs. Rose Juel of this city, Mrs. Alice Vallez of Bay City, Mich., Mrs. Ida Enderud of Hay Creek, Oregon and Misses Hattie and Nettie O'Donnell, of this city, and his sons, W.J. O'Donnell of this city and Fred O'Donnell, of Hay Creek, Oregon, are all present with their mother at this time, as is also his sister Mrs. K?enan of Butte, Montana.

The funeral services will take place at the Catholic church on Monday morning at ten o'clock and will be attended by a large assemblage of neighbors and friends.

Obituaries of the Intermountain West by Michael & Mickie Sheppard

The funeral services over the remains of William H. O'Donnell took place at the Catholic church on Monday morning, Oct. 14 [1906], conducted by Father Conti, assisted by Father Conrad, of Rawlins. Business was suspended throughout the town and a larger gathering of people has seldom been seen here, not more than one-fifth of the number being able to find room in the church. A large number of floral offerings were sent as last tributes of love and affection, by friends of the deceased. Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery.


In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees

Sponsored by Ancestry


  • Maintained by: Angela Cable
  • Originally Created by: rocksprings
  • Added: 19 Sep 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 76771199
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry O'Donnell (24 Nov 1851–12 Oct 1906), Find a Grave Memorial no. 76771199, citing Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Angela Cable (contributor 47277708) .