William Kent

William Kent

Death 7 Aug 1929 (aged 71)
Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Burial Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA
Plot ROE_79_15_5
Memorial ID 79822274 · View Source
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Rock Springs Rocket, Aug 9, 1929
Pneumonia Takes Life Of Pioneer

William Kent, 72, Succumbs After Trips To Hospital

William Kent, well known pioneer resident of the Rock Springs district, died at the Wyoming General hospital here Wednesday at nine a.m. Mr. Kent was brought to the local institution from his home, the widely known Kent's ranch, south of the city, a few hours before his death. Decedent had been in failing health for several years but his last illness was due to pleurisy and pneumonia.

Mr. Kent was the father of John Kent, one of Sweetwater county's legislators. Also, Margaret A., Mary Jane and Harry Kent.

Born In England

William Kent was born in England October 29th, 1857. He grew to manhood in his native country where on March 3, 1877 he was married to Miss Mary Nevin, who, with their four children, survive.

Four years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Kent decided to come to America to make their home. Accordingly in 1881 Mr. Kent came, locating for a short time in Colorado and then coming to Rock Springs. Mrs. Kent and their older children joined him at Rock Springs later.

Work At No. Three In Early Days

In the early days Mr. Kent worked at the old No. Three mine at the time that David G. Thomas was mine superintendent. He assisted in the sinking of the mine's pump shaft.

Mr. Thomas said to a Rocket representative today that he attributed Mr. Kent's success in life to the fact that he was always happy in his work no matter what that work might be; he was happy while working in the mine and later when he went into the ranching business he continued to be happy and as a result success crowned his efforts.

Purchases Ranch

Mr. Kent, in the ‘80's, purchased the ranch of Alex Blair, brother of the late Archie Blair. He immediately located on the ranch and began to make improvements until the place became known to the entire countryside as Kent's ranch. It soon became a place for folks to go to hold picnics as Mr. Kent had so used the water resources to produce much vegetation which was in sharp contrast to the neighboring country. And the reputation of Kent's ranch as a place of recreation has continued until the present time when every week, during the summer, large parties of people go there for outings.

Charter Member K. of P.

William Kent was a charter member of Sweetwater Lodge No. 6, Knights of Pythias. For many years he was active in the routine of the organization's affairs.

Funeral Today

The funeral was held today at two p.m. from the Elks Home with Rev. W.T. Methvin of the Methodist Church officiating in the absence of Dr. W.R. Marshall of the First Congregational Church of which he was a member. Services at the graveside were conducted by the Rock Springs Knights of Pythias. Interment, in charge of the Rogan mortuary, was in Mountain View cemetery.

The services were attended by many friends of the Kent family who had come to pay their last respects.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Kent (29 Oct 1857–7 Aug 1929), Find a Grave Memorial no. 79822274, citing Rock Springs Cemetery, Rock Springs, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, USA ; Maintained by Angela Cable (contributor 47277708) .