Deputy Sheriff Clarence H. Ogee
Notes from April Avery
1905-1915 about: Deputy Sheriff Ogee worked in Carbon County, Wyoming. He appears to have served Hanna, Medicine Bow and Rawlins. Who was he? Where did he come from? Was he an Indian Scout as some say? What outlaws was he involved with? Did he have a run in with the Union Pacific Coal Company? If so, what was that all about? How did his life end and where?
To Begin Double Track Work
The engineering department of the Union Pacific is making preparations to supervise the grading for the double track between this place and Wamsutter, the contract being awarded to Kirkpatrick Bros. & Collins. Many men are being sent here to take charge of the work. The following taken from the Tribune mentions a few of the men being sent here: George F. Balwell, Jr., son of the former general manager of the Northwestern railroad has been appointed an assistant engineer for the Union Pacific, and will be in charge of a portion of the double track work. Mr. And Mrs. O.H. [C.H.] Ogee left today for Rawlins, where Mr. Ogee will be connected with the double track operations for the engineering department. Mr. And Mrs. B. A. Yoder will leave next week for Riner station, where Mr. Yoder will be connected with the double track work. (Rawlins Republican, January 12, 1907)
NEW GIRL IN FAMILY
Born to the wife of C.H. Ogee of this city, a girl. Mother and child are doing well.
(Wyoming Tribune, Nov. 22, 1907)
Did Not Receive Telegram Telling of Death of Father and Suffered Great Anguish
C. H. Ogee yesterday filed suit in the district court against the Western Union Telegraph Company for $1200 damages for “great mental pain and anguish of mind” caused, he alleges, by the failure of the defendant company to deliver to him a prepaid message containing the news of the death of his father. Ogee is employed by the Union Pacific as an engineer.
In his petition Ogee sets forth that his father died suddenly in Shawnee, Oklahoma, November 4, 1907, and that on that date a brother of the plaintiff, C.S. Ogee of Shawnee, gave to the Western Union Telegraph Company, for transmission to the plaintiff at Cheyenne, a message notifying him of the death of their father and requested his presence at the funeral. The toll on this message C.S. Ogee paid the agent of the defendant corporation at the time it was filed in Shawnee. The plaintiff then sets forth that the message was never delivered to him, that his father was buried before he received news of his death, and that the consequent “great mental pain and anguish of mind” entitle him to damages in the sum of $1,200. Ogee states that he made demand upon the Western Union Telegraph Company for the $1,200 he considers his due and that the corporation refused to consider the claim. Ogee is represented by Donnelman, Kincaid, & Meninger, a leading legal firm. ( Cheyenne Daily Leader, Dec. 18, 1907)
Mrs. W.A. Taylor has returned home after a week’s visit with Mr. And Mrs. Ogee at Hanna. They spent the week fishing and hunting. (Wyoming Tribune, Aug. 9, 1909)
HANNA MAN BECOMES VIOLENTLY INSANE
Deputy Sheriff Ogee of Hanna brought Sam Faddis, a resident of Hanna to Rawlins Saturday night and lodged him in jail until the insanity commissioners could decide as to his sanity. Faddis had been drinking heavily since Christmas, and Saturday morning he became violent about 3:00 a.m. It is said that he jumped through a window in the second story of a boarding house, carrying the sash with him, and continued to terrify the residents of that busy little place, until finally run down by the officers. As soon as he left the boarding house by the window, he started for another house, gaining his entrance the same way he left the boarding house and finally wound up in John Collie’s home, where he was taken to be a burglar. On entering this place, he struck against something and became unconscious, and was in that state when the officers arrived and took him in charge. He is a machinist by trade and had been working as engineer at the mines when he began drinking. It is said that he is in the habit of going on sprees, but that he has never become violent before. Relatives arrived in Rawlins Monday and took him in charge, and it is not likely that he will be sent to Evanston. (The Weekly Boomerang, January 20, 1910)
ARRESTED FOR VIOLATION OF LIQUOR LICENSE LAW
Rawlins, Wyo., Feb. 14 - W.H. Hulett and Roy Bailey will be the first defendants tried in Carbon County for alleged violation of the law forbidding the sale of intoxicating liquors in unincorporated cities and towns. It is alleged that Hulett and Bailey sold drinks at an unlicensed saloon in the southern part of the county. The complaining witness is Deputy Sheriff Ogee of Hanna, who was sent to make an investigation and who is alleged to have been served whiskey at the place conducted by the defendants. (Cheyenne State Leader, Feb. 15, 1910)
OFFICER PRETENDS TO BE STEAM SHOVEL MAN
Baggs, Wyo., Feb. 17. - On Saturday Baggs had a visitor in the person of Clarence H. Ogee, who was sent here by Sheriff D. B. Campbell of Rawlins in response to numerous anonymous letters concerning the sale of intoxicating liquors that was supposed to have been sold by R. S. Bailey and Donald Harned, who were engaged in running soft drink parlors in Baggs. Mr. Ogee came under an assumed name and feigned that he had been sent here by C. W. Ferguson, consulting engineer for the Routt County Development company, to operate the steam shovel. He loitered around the town until Sunday evening when he thought sufficient evidence had been accumulated to warrant an arrest, consequently Mr. Bailey and W. W. Hulett, who is in his employ, were taken in and placed in the city jail until Tuesday morning, when they were taken to Rawlins. When they arrived in Rawlins bail had already been prepared by Mr. Bailey’s friends and relatives and he and Mr. Hulett were simultaneously released. They waived preliminary examination until March 14 when they will be given a hearing and final decision. (Wyoming Semi-Weekly Tribune, February 22, 1910)
ARRESTED HERE FOR THEFT OF BULLDOG
A man named Hogan was arrested last night by Officers Arp and Horton on information from Deputy Sheriff Ogee of Hanna, who claimed that Hogan had stolen his bulldog, “Joe.” Hogan was taken from Conductor McNally’s train upon it’s arrival in this city and both man and dog were sent to the city caboose. Hogan has a friend in this city, who provided him with breakfast. He says he has owned the dog for several months. ( The Laramie Republican, March 5, 1910)
John F. Denton, an inmate of the Soldier’s Home of this place was adjudged insane by a jury in the court of Judge S. C. Langworthy, Jr., Tuesday morning and was committed to the insane asylum at Evanston, Wyoming. The old soldier before becoming a resident of the Soldier’s home was a citizen of Carbon County where he was before found insane and a guardian in the person of Deputy Sheriff Ogee was appointed to look after a considerable personal property consisting of of about 30 head of cattle and horses and other effects that he possessed in the county. He was afterwards admitted to the home from the above county and in spite of the fact that Denton seems to be so well off, it appears to fall to the lot of Johnson County to stand the expense of the commitment. (Buffalo Voice, April 22, 1910)
Coal Company Cut Off Salary of Deputy Ogee for Being Intractable
During the election just closed Deputy Sheriff Ogee of Hanna saw fit to exercise his American right of voting and working for the men he believed should be elected. This apparently did not accord with the views of the Union Pacific Coal Company.
Sam Dickinson, an employee of the company, was a candidate for county commissioner on the Republican ticket. His opponent was Evan Vietch, the present commissioner from Elk Mountain. Mr. Ogee believed that Mr. Vietch was the better fitted for the office and worked to bring about his election. Mr. Ogee draws a salary of $50. per month from the Coal company as deputy sheriff at Hanna. Or at least he did draw such a salary from the coal company until he opposed its candidate for commissioner. Then his salary ceased and he has been notified that he cannot expect to receive any pay from the company in the future. We understand that he will be moved to Medicine Bow as deputy sheriff at that place, and Hanna will be left without a deputy, as a man cannot well afford to take chances on his life in a coal camp for $50 per month. Wonder if it has ever occurred to the men who have thus punished Mr. Ogee for voting as he pleased that they have violated the law of the state in their desire to “get even?” (Carbon County Journal, Dec. 9, 1910)
The resignation of C.H. Ogee, the duly appointed registration agent at Hanna Precinct was received and accepted. (The Rawlins Republican, Sept. 29,1910)