Gillette, Wyoming in the Media

An inventory of media that references Gillette and its citizens.

Mr. Satterly

Updated May 18, 2018

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I made this list for people living in Gillette, but there are any number of reasons others will find it interesting. It could be finding a relative's name in the index, your book or article is listed here, or even historical research. If you found this list in a search and you don't know why, check the main index at the end or use your browser to search within the document.

What Is Included

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.

Photos

I no longer include the full-sized versions of photos. They take too much space on the server and too long to upload. If you need a larger version of one of the pictures either check the original source or email me and I will upload it to the website if possible.

References

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

Quotes are as close as I can reasonably get them. Some formatting was lost and I corrected the spelling on several quotes.

This index and the works I made are licensed as WTFPL version 2.0. Quoted material, photos, and videos created by others are public domain, fair use, or have their license listed in the citation.

Some sellers on eBay put their logos all over the work which is ugly, but it's sometimes unavoidable. The watermarks are used to advertise their business so you can safely ignore those.

Academic Conferences: Natural Science

Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia

The Distribution of the Genus Cyclops in the Vicinity of Haverford, Pennsylvania

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, Pa., 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]

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 (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]

Academic Conferences: Sociology

Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Men on the Move: Occupational Communities in Western Boom Towns

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]

Part of the Wyodak area today seen from Wyoming Highway 51. Part of the Wyodak area today seen from Wyoming Highway 51.

Rocky Mountain American Association of the Advancement of Science Meeting

Social Consequences of Boom Growth in Wyoming

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]

Academic Journals: History

Annals of Wyoming

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.

A Timely Arrival

Gillette residents in the 1943 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]

Among the Books

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]

The full title of the book is Locating the Iron Trail.

Pioneering in Crook County

The next winter [1883] 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]

Wyoming in World War II

Complete list of military and civilians who were killed, injured, or captured from Wyoming in World War II up to 1943.

Wounded

Hoel, Gene D., Private, USMC, Gillette
Tyrelle, Elwood Lee, Private, USMC, Gillette

Missing

Davis, Howard Earl, Yeoman, second class, USN, Gillette

Prisoners of War

Gillette--Birdsall, Robert B., Tech. Sgt., prisoner [Wyoming_in_WW2]

Robert Bobby Birdsall around 1938 to 1945 which is around the time he was captured as prisoner of war. 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 Plaque on the Campbell County War Memorial at Lasting Legacy Park

Quarterly Bulletin

The Quarterly Bulletin is now the Annals of Wyoming.

A Tragic Death in the Early Days of Wyoming

A short account of how bear hunter Hank Mason who homesteaded near Gillette was brutally killed by a bear. [Tragic_Death]

Academic Journals: Religious

The Churchman

The Churchman was renamed to simply Churchman.

Diocesan News: Wyoming and Idaho

Churches are contemplated at Weiser, Shoshone, Bonner's Ferry and Mountain Home, Idaho, and Gillette, Wyoming. [Diocesan_News]

Personals

The Rev. A. G. Mullen left Gillette, Wyoming, early in August, and has gone to California. [Churchman_Personals]

Academic Journals: Sociology

Annual Review of Sociology

Economic Development and Community Social Change

A paper on rural industrialization and boomtown problems uses Gillette in one example. [Economic_Development]

Minerals and the Environment

Resource Development, Rural Communities and Rapid Growth: Managing Social Change in the Modern Boomtown

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]

See The Gillette Syndrome: A Myth Revisited? which refutes some of Kohrs' claims.

Wyoming Issues

The Gillette Syndrome: A Myth Revisited?

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 publication. [Gillette_Syndrome]

Booklets: Education

Balancing Life & Work: The Humanities as an Essential Part of Career Exploration

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] The teachers mentioned no longer work at the high school.

Class Report Harvard College 1876

List of the Class

Living members who took A.B. Degree in 1876 or as of 1876

Edmund Cunningham Hall, Gillette, Wyoming
Ranching
Special Agent of U.S. Census of 1880. [Class_Report]

Colorado College of Dental Surgery: Thirty-Second Annual Announcement 1918-1919

List of Graduates

*In military service.

*Snoddy, William Howard. 1918. Gillette, Wyo. [Colorado_College]

Booklets: History

Gillette, Wyoming Walking Tour

A small free pamphlet made for a self-guided walking tour of Gillette Avenue. Has history of each building and historical and recent photos.

An older newsletter said the Gillette area has UFOs and now seems 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]

Booklets: Nonfiction

Mohawk-Hobbs Grade and Surface Guide

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. Sgl. $1-$1.25 [$14-$17.63 in September 2017]; dbl. $1.50 [$21.16 in September 2017]; modern 25 room addition being built.

Gillette Motor Co. ([]), is the Ford Agency and the largest and best for all cars. Labor $1 [$14 in September 2017]. Ph. 78; 24hr. serv.

Wilhelm's Auto Service is also finely equipped for tire service. Send for road service until 10 p. m. Ph. 123. [Mohawk-Hobbs]

Postcard of the Sage Cafe in the Goings Hotel on Gillette Avenue. Postcard of the Sage Cafe in the Goings Hotel on Gillette Avenue. [Sage_Cafe]

Personal Computers in Business: An Introduction and Buyer's Guide

A 1982 advertisement by Apple Computer 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]

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." 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]

State Summary of War Casualties: Wyoming

Important Notice

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]

Plaque on the Campbell County War Memorial at Lasting Legacy Park 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. Elmore F. Yokom's marker at Mount Pisgah Cemetery block 28, lot 26. It says he was lost at sea.

Trees and Shrubs of Gillette & Campbell County

A list of trees and shrubs suited for the area with photos and basic information on each one. [Trees_Shrubs]

Trunk of a Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) in Northwest Park Trunk of a Hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) in Northwest Park

Leaves on a Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in Northwest Park Leaves on a Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) in Northwest Park

Deciduous Trees

A flowering Dolgo Crab Apple (Malus dolgo) in CAM-PLEX Park A flowering Dolgo Crab Apple (Malus dolgo) in CAM-PLEX Park

Fruit Trees

Colorado Blue Spruce (Glauca pinaceae) in Northwest Park Colorado Blue Spruce (Glauca pinaceae) in Northwest Park

Coniferous Trees

Junipers

Shrubs

Books: Biographies

10-4 and I'm Gone

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]

The joke is his truck was empty because Harley-Davidson motorcycles were air cooled until they introduced liquid-cooled models in 2014.

Christa McAuliffe: Pioneer Space Teacher

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]

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. 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.

Cow Chips 'N' Cactus

Florence Blake Smith of Chicago, Illinois recalls her life homesteading in Wyoming and her stay in Gillette around 1911. [Cow_Chips]

Duke: The Life and Image of John Wayne

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]

I reported this error to the publisher, but they never responded to me.

The Farmer Boy Who Became a Bishop; The Autobiography of The Right Reverend Anson Roger Graves

Anson Roger Graves age 60 around 1904 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 [1910] 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]

From the Belle Fourche to Antelope

A history of Campbell County and Gillette organized by family name. Includes many photos and poems. [Belle_Fourche]

The Homestead Doctor

Hoadley family history, homesteading life, and some history of Gillette from 1905 to the 1960s. [Homestead_Doctor]

Last o'Mountain Man Top o' Rockies

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]

The Life & Sacred Times of Timber Jack Joe: Wyoming's Last 'O Mountain Man

Biography of Timber Jack Joe (Joseph Earnest Lynde) including his time spent growing up in Gillette. [Sacred_Times]

Life on a Wyoming Homestead...and Beyond

Ghost written biography of Josephine M. Winters Tharp documenting her life including time spent homesteading near Gillette. [Life_Homestead]

My Army Life and the Fort Phil. Kearney Massacre With an Account of the Celebration of "Wyoming Opened"

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. [Army_Life]

People to Know: Steven Spielberg Hollywood Filmmaker

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. [Steven_Spielberg]

Devils Tower - not in Gillette Devils Tower - not in Gillette [Devils_Tower]

The book puts an apostrophe in Devils Tower; a common and forgivable mistake, but then it claims Devils Tower is in Gillette. 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.

Quite A Life: John C. Ostlund

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]

John Chapman Ostlund at Mount Pisgah Cemetery block Q, lot 25 John Chapman Ostlund at Mount Pisgah Cemetery block Q, lot 25

Searching for Jake W. Benson

Biography of western painter Jake Benson by his granddaughter. Mitchell catalogues every Benson painting made include Shipping Time and Good Old Days. Book includes several photos of Gillette and Benson's murals which are no longer around.

Shipping Time. Gillette, Wyo. Several other Benson paintings have a similar scene of a cowboy riding a bucking horse through a campfire. 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 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.