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Obits: Samuel & Oren Osborne
Posted by: Carol Page Tilson (ID *****2353) Date: January 01, 2007 at 09:10:14
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From the "Powell Tribune" [Powell, Park Co, WI], Jul 1941 (exact publication date unknown):


Sam Osborne, Powell Boy Employed On Old Buffalo Bill Ranch,
Suffers Broken Neck in Effort to Bulldog Steer at Cody Rodeo

Plan Funeral Service Here Saturday

Sam Osborne, Powell boy who has been working as a cowboy in and around Cody for the past several years, was killed in a Cody "pup" rodeo performance last Saturday evening.

Riding a horse in a bulldogging exhibition, the steer that young Osborne was trying to bulldog, fell in front of his fast running pony. The horse fell on the steer, and the rider was thrown several feet to the side of the animals. He was unconscious when he was picked up and taken to the Cody hospital, where an x-ray examination showed a fractured neck. He never regained consciousness and life passed from the 26-year-old cowboy's body on Tuesday evening -- three days after the accident.

The father, C. E. Osborne of Garland, was notified of the accident about 11 o'clock Saturday evening and he and other members of the family gathered at Cody to be at Sam's bedside in the Cody hospital almost constantly for the three days that life remained in him.

It was only last February 3d that Sam, next to the youngest in the Osborne family, lost his mother. A brother Elmer was killed in an automobile accident north of Powell several years ago, so tragedy has stalked the Osborne family over the years. Mr. Osborne remarked when he sat at the Tribune office yesterday that now he had only four of his originally large family left: a son Orin is employed by the Daggart Construction Company, with headquarters in Cody; a son Virgil resides at Clarksburg, California; another son Ed is home with the father on their ranch near Garland.

The Osborne family came to the Shoshone valley from southern Montana, near Bowler, nearly twenty-five years ago, when the boy Sam was about two years old. The boy grew to manhood in the Powell and Garland localities. He was a sturdy, strong young man and ranch life appealed to him. He was a good rider and was often seen about the rodeos. He had been employed on the old Buffalo Bill home ranch, the TE, located on the Southfork.

Undertaker Ray Easton went to Cody last evening, following Sam Osborne's death, and brought the body back with him to his Powell mortuary. Plans are being made for the funeral Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the Baptist church, with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Besides the members of the family here, a number of relatives will join them from Bridger at this funeral service. Sam Osborne has a number of cousins about Bridger.

Note: Samuel Floyd Osborne, s/o Charles Edward Osborne & Celia Katherine Morris, b. 15 Feb 1915, Bowler, Carbon Co., MT; d. 02 Jul 1941, Cody, Park Co, WY.

Obituary from clipping, May 1978 [specific publication unknown]:


Oren Osborne was born in Bowler, Mt., on Nov. 18, 1912, a son of Charles and Cecelia (sic) Morris Osborne. He died at his home on May 11 at the age of 65. He had a long illness with cancer.

Oren was a heavy equipment operator during his working life. He had spent most of his life in and around Cody. On Sept. 16, 1936, he was married to Pearl Winters here in Cody. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Robert, of Billings, and a daughter, Mrs. Irene McBride, of St. Anthony, Ida., also by a brother, Virgil of Cody, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held last Saturday at the Ballard Funeral Home with Rev. Lloyd Elmore of the Church of God of Prophecy with burial in Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell. The pallbearers were Al and Chuck Eicher, Chuck Cooley, Steve Gullion, Art Berry and Paul Wantulok.

Social Security Death Index:

Name: Oren Osborne
Born: 13 Jan 1912
Died: May 1978
Last Residence: Zip 82414, Cody, Park Co., WY
SS #520-05-5583 issued Wyoming [Before 1951]

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