Updated August 1, 2018
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All the works listed here mention or feature Gillette, a place in Gillette, or someone living in Gillette. I verify every entry before putting it here. Gillette sometimes is more than the exact city limits. That is because Gillette is the county seat and was the only city in the county for many decades. If it has a Gillette address that is good enough for me.
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Dates and times are in ISO 8601 (YYYY-MM-DD and hh:mm:ss).
For scanned media the page numbers are from the original content, not the container. Ideally it would be from the digital container, but since those containers are generated that number could change at any time while the original page number will not. Page numbers on compilations are a problem as well. I go by whatever the printed page says.
Data for inflation numbers comes from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics calculator https://data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/cpicalc.pl. Pre-1913 inflation data comes from https://westegg.com/inflation/.
Quotes are as close as I can reasonably get them, though some formatting was lost. I corrected the spelling and grammar on several quotes to allow searching and to stop my spell checker and grammar checker from complaining. I have begun expanding abbreviations. It was that or force everyone to search for Gillett, Gilette, and Gillete, Wyoming.
Compilers, editors, and writers tried to save space by abbreviating as much as possible. A shorter book cost less to print. I have no such limitations so for readability I have begun to expand all abbreviations.
The proceedings are over 100 years old so any scientific information should be considered historical. The paper has a variety of details on the cyclops genus which is a freshwater copepod.
C. [Cyclops] phaleratus is a pelagie species. In aquaria it may often be found a little above the water line, where it sometimes crawls even beyond the upper margin of the meniscus line. Its swimming motion is a rapidly darting one. The easiest way of distinguishing it from all other members of the genus is by its superficial resemblance to the genus Canthocamptus. The short, eleven-jointed antennae, and form of the rudimentary fifth feet, are certain microscopic points of identification.
This species seems to be very widely distributed in America, though nowhere is it particularly abundant. Forbes reports it from several localities in Illinois and Wisconsin and from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. Marsh has found it in several of the Michigan lakes and Cragin reports it from Cambridge, Mass., as Cyclops perarmatus. Miss Byrnes has studies the species on Long Island, where she found it in "shallow, fresh-water ponds." I have noted it rather more abundantly in the spring collections, but never in great numbers from the vicinity of Haverford, Pennsylvania, and from a small spring-water pond near Gillette, Wyoming, as well as in collections from Lake Winnepesaukee and the vicinity of Cambridge, Mass. [Distribution_Cyclops-1914]
Ectocyclops phaleratus (Cyclops phaleratus) is characterized by a one-segmented fifth leg and caudal rami that are only twice as long as they are wide. This species has 11-segmented antennules. [Ectocyclops_phaleratus]
Men on the Move discusses types of workers, how they live, and why they move including a previous study of the workers who moved to Gillette and built the Wyodak power plant. [Men_Move-1976]
Part of the Wyodak area today seen from Wyoming Highway 51.
ElDean Kohrs's well known paper that popularizes the term Gillette Syndrome with his observations and experience about psychological damage boomtowns cause and dismal predictions for the future of Gillette. [Social_Consequences-1974]
The Annals of Wyoming is published by the Wyoming State Historical Society and was previously called Quarterly Bulletin, Annals of Wyoming, Wyoming Annals, and Wyoming History Journal.
In "The Iron Trail" Mr. Edw. Gillette of Sheridan has released much authentic hitherto unpublished history of northern Wyoming. Mr. Gillette writes only of what he personally knows and gives us a book without a dull page in it. [Among_Books-1926]
The full title of the book is Locating the Iron Trail.
The next winter  my brother, who was then twenty-two took my sister and me every morning thru the very deep snow to this little Sundance School. [...] Attending this school this particular winter were Fred Townsend, later and for years a cashier in a bank in Gillette. [...] [Pioneering_in_Crook-1926]
Gillette residents remember a showdown involving outlaw George "Flat Nose" Curry in Gillette and the murder of a young cowboy by officers in the 1890s. [Timely_Arrival-1943]
Complete list of military and civilians who were killed, injured, or captured from Wyoming in World War II up to 1943.
Hoel, Gene D., Private, USMC, Gillette
Tyrelle, Elwood Lee, Private, USMC, Gillette
Davis, Howard Earl, Yeoman, second class, USN, Gillette
Prisoners of War
Gillette--Birdsall, Robert B., Tech. Sgt., prisoner [Wyoming_in_WW2-1943]
Robert Bobby Birdsall around 1938 to 1945 which is around the time he was captured as prisoner of war. [Robert_Birdsall]
Plaque on the Campbell County War Memorial at Lasting Legacy Park
The Quarterly Bulletin is now the Annals of Wyoming.
A short account of how bear hunter Hank Mason who homesteaded near Gillette was brutally killed by a bear. [Tragic_Death-1925]
The Churchman was renamed to simply Churchman.
Churches are contemplated at Weiser, Shoshone, Bonner's Ferry and Mountain Home, Idaho, and Gillette, Wyoming. [Diocesan_News-1892]
The Rev. A. G. Mullen left Gillette, Wyoming, early in August, and has gone to California. [Churchman_Personals-1920]
A paper on rural industrialization and boomtown problems uses Gillette in one example. [Economic_Development-1984]
A paper about the social problems of rapid boomtown growth and how to manage it cites Stress and Mental Health in a Boom Town.
During the Gilette, Wyoming, boom of the 1970's, stress was reported by the residents to be related to changes in living conditions, work, financial status, deficits in community services, and the demands of adjusting to life in a new community. [Resource_Development-1981]
See The Gillette Syndrome: A Myth Revisited? which refutes some of Kohrs' claims.
A paper refuting parts of Social Consequences of Boom Growth in Wyoming which popularized the term Gillette Syndrome. Includes criticism of Kohrs' methods, poor data, and lack of journal publication. [Gillette_Syndrome-1979]
A technology course mixed Business Education and English at the Campbell County High School which had a program where students worked with local businesses. [Balancing_Life-1998] The teachers mentioned no longer work at the high school.
List of the Class
Living members who took A.B. Degree in 1876 or as of 1876
Edmund Cunningham Hall, Gillette, Wyoming
Special Agent of U.S. Census of 1880. [Class_Report-1896]
List of Graduates
*In military service.
*Snoddy, William Howard. 1918. Gillette, Wyo. [Colorado_College-1919]
The walking tour pamphlet is made for a self-guided walking tour of Gillette Avenue. It has the history of each building and includes historical and recent photos.
An older newsletter said the Gillette area has UFOs and now it has ghosts as well. If you believe then you might believe this story.
Julie tells of the Center Bar ghost whose footsteps have been heard by many. She has the feeling it's a female ghost and friendly.
Before renovation, The Goings was considered the third leg of the "Bermuda Triangle", a local legend that included the Montgomery Bar and the Center Bar - "once you go in - you never come out". There are many stories of ghosts that roam the halls and basement of The Goings, either from suicides or murders. [Walking_Tour-2015]
A travel guide with illustrations on road surfaces, distances, and services available.
115.8--109.0: Gillette, Wyo.; (edge) at gas stations pop. 1,000; is the county seat of Campbell County, which is as large as Connecticut. The town is sustained by trade with dry farmers and stockmen. Coal mines nearby. Sage Cafe is popular. City Camp, free (W-C-L-T) camp house with range.
Goings House (*) not modern but is best liked. Single $1-$1.25 [$14-$17.63 in September 2017]; double $1.50 [$21.16 in September 2017]; modern 25 room addition being built.
Gillette Motor Company (), is the Ford Agency and the largest and best for all cars. Labor $1 [$14 in September 2017]. Phone 78; 24hr. service.
Wilhelm's Auto Service is also finely equipped for tire service. Send for road service until 10 p. m. Phone 123. [Mohawk-Hobbs-1927]
Postcard of the Sage Cafe in the Goings Hotel on Gillette Avenue. [Sage_Cafe]
Apple Computer created this advertisement in 1982 to convince people to buy their computers.
Until Dr. Paul Kauffman of Gillette, Wyoming, bought his first personal computer, he was "paying an accountant $1,000 [$2,513.43 in September 2017] a month--and I wasn't getting nearly the amount of information that I'm getting now." [...] [Personal_Computers-1982]
I was going to ask Kauffman about this entry, but he died a few years ago. I saw his name on the columbarium at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
The Apple III was a commercial flop, but medical observers nonetheless predicted that the desktop computer would "undoubtedly create changes in medicine whose dimensions cannot now be fully measured." [Apple_III]
Inclusion of names in this State group has been determined solely by the residence of next of kin at the time of notification of the last wartime casualty status. This listing does not necessarily represent the State of birth, legal residence, or official State credit according to service enlistment.
Casualties listed represent only those on active duty in the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard, resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the end of the war. Casualties in the United States area or as a result of disease, homicide, or suicide in any location are not included.
Killed in Action, Died of Wounds, or Lost Lives as Result of Operational Movements in War Zones
Davis, Howard Early, Yeoman 2c, USN. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Early Davis, Box 823, Gillette.
Hoel, Gene D., Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Irene E. Hoel, P.O. Box 465, Gillette.
Wolff, Thomas Anthony, Seaman 2c, USNR. Father, Mr. Henry Wolff, Box 635, Gillette.
Yokom, Elmore F., Sgt., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Bessie M. Yokom, P.O. Box 414, Gillette.
"Wounded in Action or During Operation War Missions
Tyrrell, Elwood Lee, Pvt., USMCR. Mother, Mrs. Fern Tyrell, Box 232, Gillette.
Prisoner of War Record
Died or Killed in Prisoner of War Status
Lindsey, Kenneth Clyde, Pfc., USMC. Mother, Mrs. Laura K. Lindsey, Box 174, Gillette. [War_Casualties-1946]
Plaque on the Campbell County War Memorial at Lasting Legacy Park
Elmore F. Yokom's marker at Mount Pisgah Cemetery block 28, lot 26. It says he was lost at sea.
A list of trees and shrubs suited for the area with photos and basic information on each one. [Trees_Shrubs-2005]
Trunk of a Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) in Northwest Park
Leaves on a Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in Northwest Park
A flowering Dolgo Crab Apple (Malus dolgo) in CAM-PLEX Park
Colorado Blue Spruce (Glauca pinaceae) in Northwest Park
Autobiography of Frederic Harrop with colorful stories from his life as a trucker.
One night in Gillette in Wyoming, I was in the scale office, and a trucker with a flatbed pulled in; and he had nothing on the back except his tarps rolled and tied. The guy in the scale office said to him, 'You're not overweight, driver. What have you got on?' Now I looked out the window, and I could see he had nothing on the back. But the scale guy didn't look out at all, and the trucker said, 'I've got a load of Harley Davidson radiators.' The scale guy said, 'Yeah, they don't weigh much [...] [10-4-2014]
The joke is his truck was empty because Harley-Davidson motorcycles were air cooled until they introduced liquid-cooled models in 2014.
In Potter Bowman's autobiography he wrote he worked in Gillette before Campbell County was created on February 21, 1911. Based on what he said before it was somewhere between 1906-1911. I don't know how entries this small might help anyone, but sometimes people, places, and events show up again in other materials.
[...] One Spring I worked for the Burlington Railroad at Gillette, Wyoming. It was part of Crook County at the time. [...] [Black_Hills-1960]
Biography of teacher Christa McAuliffe who was killed while onboard the space shuttle Challenger when it exploded in 1986.
Many students have responded to the loss of Challenger and its crew by donating money to build a new space shuttle. [...] A nine- and ten-year-old sister and brother in Gillette, Wyoming, are raising money for a new shuttle. [Christa_McAuliffe-1986]
On January 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger and her seven-member crew were lost when a ruptured O-ring in the right solid rocket booster caused an explosion soon after launch. [Challenger_Explosion]
All of the space shuttles were retired in 2011 and the program was ended.
Florence Blake Smith of Chicago, Illinois recalls her life homesteading in Wyoming and her stay in Gillette around 1911. [Cow_Chips-1962]
A single line says the actor John Wayne came to Gillette, but it isn't true. All the other works that talk about the production and filming of Hellfighters disproves that.
In 1968 he [John Wayne] left for Gillette, Wyoming to film Hellfighters for Universal [Pictures]. [Duke_Life-1998]
I reported this error to the publisher, but they never responded to me.
Anson Roger Graves age 60 around 1904
Some four or five years ago [1906-1907] I sent a missionary to the little village of Gillette, Wyoming, to spy out the land. He reported that there was not only no Church people there, but none who cared for Christian services of any kind. Cowboys and saloonkeepers ran the town. Last spring  I received a letter from a clergyman in Illinois, saying that a Church lady from Gillette was visiting there who named several Church people in Gillette who desired the services of the Church. I immediately wrote to Gillette asking for particulars and received an encouraging reply. Although the place was six hundred miles [965 kilometers] from my home and my appointments were out for that part of my field, I arranged to stop off five or six hours between trains. On arriving there a month later I was met at the station by the leading physician and taken at once to his home. His wife, an earnest Church woman, told me that there were some baptisms and several anxious to be confirmed. She took me at once to call on the parties. Two hours after my arrival I lectured on baptism and administered that sacrament to two adults and three children. In the evening forty-five came to the service in the Baptist church. I preached and confirmed five persons, giving them particular instructions. I then arranged to stop over between trains on my return a week later. At that time I baptized one adult and one child and administered communion to six persons, instructing them the best I could in the brief time allowed. They arranged to meet every Sunday afternoon for a lay-readers' service and singing of hymns. Since then the nearest missionary at Sheridan, one hundred miles [160 kilometers] away, has visited Gillette, instructing them more fully and giving them communion. The Ladies' Guild, which I organized at first, has already a good fund started toward building a chapel. The secretary of the guild reports to me every few weeks. The enthusiasm of a new mission like that comes like a fresh breeze across the life of a missionary bishop. [Farmer_Boy-1911]
A history of Campbell County and Gillette organized by family name. Includes many photos and poems. [Belle_Fourche-1991]
Hoadley family history, homesteading life, and some history of Gillette from 1905 to the 1960s. [Homestead_Doctor-1996]
A collection of articles, letters, photos, and other biographical pieces about Timber Jack Joe (Joseph Earnest Lynde) including one news report about his parents who homesteaded around Gillette. [Mountain_Man-1981]
Biography of Timber Jack Joe (Joseph Earnest Lynde) including his time spent growing up in Gillette. [Sacred_Times-2000]
Ghost written biography of Josephine M. Winters Tharp documenting her life including time spent homesteading near Gillette. [Life_Homestead-2002]
The few days following, alloted to our visit, were signalized by dinner-parties given by Mrs. Edward Gillette, Mrs. Stevenson, and Mrs. Foster in their delightful homes. [...] My husband found in Mr. Gillette, himself, after whom the promising town of Gillette is named, and whose profession as Civil Engineer had been so valuable in the construction and management of the C. B. & Q. Railroad, a brother Alumnus of Yale University, as he seems always to meet, either at home or abroad. [My_Army-1910]
As other noted cinematographers and a large crew of technicians were added, a search was started for the several widely different locations needed for filming [Close Encounters of the Third Kind]. These turned out to be Devil's Tower [Devils Tower] in Gillette, Wyoming; Mobile, Alabama; the Mojave Desert in California; and Bombay, India. [People_Spielberg-1996]
Devils Tower is not in Gillette, it isn't even in the same county. Devils Tower is over 60 miles away by car and there are several other cities that are much closer to it. [Devils_Tower]
John C. Ostlund's autobiography covering the many years he spent in Gillette with many photos of the early days of the city. [Quite_Life-2000]
John Chapman Ostlund at Mount Pisgah Cemetery block Q, lot 25
Benson's granddaughter wrote this biography of western painter Jake Benson. The author catalogued every Benson painting made include Shipping Time and Good Old Days. There are several photos of Gillette and Benson's murals some of which are no longer exist.
Shipping Time. Gillette, Wyo. Several other Benson paintings have a similar scene of a cowboy riding a bucking horse through a campfire. [Shipping_Time]
The Good Old Days. Gillette, Wyo [Old_Days]
My curiosity was stirred when I noticed the book jacket on "Charles M. Russell" "The Life and Legend of America's Cowboy Artist by John Taliaferro". The cover showed a painting of a horse bucking through a campfire in its soft tones of brown, orange, and gold, typical to several of Russell's pieces. This scene was similar to Jakes' work, and as I drifted through Mr. Taliaferro's book, I again found another picture that shared a similar theme as one of Grandpas. My first thought was "oh no, did Grandpa copy his work?" As I read through the story about Charles Russell, I could see that there was absolutely no way Jake copied. They are completely two different souls, or cowboys; and although Charles predated Jake, I predicated that they both had original ideas of the same images they remembered and portrayed.
They had completely different life styles from birth and into adulthood. They had different educational backgrounds, yet they shared the same love of the West. [...] [Searching_Benson]
Obviously the author is fascinated and protective of her grandfather to the point of saying they had different souls. Luckily I don't need to look into an artist's soul to see if they copied someone else's work.
Charles Russell's works predated Benson's by several decades. Benson traveled around and likely copies of Russell's works were shown in magazines, books, and other materials. Russell worked in Montana and Benson in the neighboring Wyoming. They both were western artists and painted similar scenes in the same genre of art. Benson probably saw Russell's work, but that alone isn't proof he copied it. For that we need some of Russell's paintings for comparison.
Bronc to Breakfast by Charles M. Russell in 1908. [Bronc_Breakfast]
Compare Russell's Bronc to Breakfast to Benson's Shipping Time. Look at the cook's arm stretched straight out, the rider's jacket flaring up, and the frying pan midair. Two of the pots are the same shape, in the same position, and spilled the same way. Even the position of the horse and riders legs are the same. Notice the man on the far left in Shipping Time is similar to the man in the red scarf in Bronc to Breakfast. It's obvious Benson copied Russell's work. Both artists painted this same scene several times with similar details.
A Quiet Day in Utica by Charles M. Russell in 1907. Compare to Benson's Good Old Days. [Quiet_Day]
Again we see similarities in A Quiet Day in Utica by Russell and the Good Old Days by Benson. If you overlay the two paintings some of the people and buildings line up almost exactly in several spots, but is it inspired by Russell? Most of the Good Old Days by Benson is copied directly from this photo.
Business on Gillette Avenue. Daly Bros General Merchandise, a saloon, Restaurant, and Groceries, Flour & Feed Store are visible. [Business_Gillette]
Instead look at the elements not from the photo. In an overlay a few horses line up exactly, but the rider in the center becomes the head and neck of the horse in Good Old Days. The man driving horses in the back is the same as well in both. I suspected Benson copied those extra elements from a second photo. Instead it was copied from another painting. Don't take my word that Benson copied Russell see it for yourself.