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BONANZA CEMETRY

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Bonanza Cemetery

Bonanza, Wyoming today is a ghost town.  Nothing remains except the cemetery.  Early settlers (mid 1880’s) in this part of the Big Horn Basin discovered a natural oil seep which was used to lubricate their wagon wheels.  Hopes and rumors ran high that a “Bonanza” oil field had indeed been found but drilling rigs came and within a few years left the area.  The only remnants of the town are the cemetery and the postoffice which was moved to “Old Trail Town” near Cody, Wyoming.

Those buried here were mostly original settlers or their next generation.

Location

The Bonanza Cemetery is located about 8 miles west of Hyattville at the junction of Hwy 31 and Road 31 ½.   Turn south on Road 31 1/2  and look for the fenced cemetery on the west side of the road.

Delvina Pearl Boyd

26 May 1882 – 31 Aug 1925.

Daughter of Willam Andrew Rettinghouse.

Baby Diehl

26 Sept 1902

Age one month.

Pete Madden

Based on information in Goodbye, Judge Lynch , John W. Davis, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 26-29, Pete Madden was killed in the spring of 1893.

Pete Madden’s Brother

Based on information in Goodbye, Judge Lynch , John W. Davis, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 26-29, Pete Madden had a brother named Tom who lived near Bonanza, making it probable that this is Tom Madden’s grave.

Baby Mayer

No information available.

Donna Jean Mayer

1928 – 1929

No Picture available  

Mavin I. Mayer

1937

No Picture available  

Nora Rose Mayer

1903 – 1917

No information available.

Pearl Mayer

1908 – 1910

No information available.

Robert I Mayer

1930

No picture available.  

Samuel Mayer

1915

No picture available.  

Vera M Mayer

1928

No information available.

Vernon I Mayer

1925

No picture available.  

Winona Mary

1933 – 1933

No picture available.  

Baby McDermott

Based on information in Goodbye, Judge Lynch , John W. Davis, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 26-29, there is a high proabbility that “Baby McDermott” is the McDermott’s eldest child Phil who was born July 17, 1889 and died on April 1, 1891 at the age of 1year, 8 months and 14days.

Mr. McDermott

Based on information in Goodbye, Judge Lynch , John W. Davis, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 26-29, it is probable that Mr. McDermott’s given name is “James”.

Mrs. McDermott

Based on information in Goodbye, Judge Lynch , John W. Davis, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 26-29, it is probable that Mrs. McDermott’s given name is “Mary”.

Baby Paumer

1914 – 1914

No information available.

John B. Paumer

1910 – 1981

No picture available.  

Josephine Paumer

1874 – 1928

No information available.

William Paumer

1858 – 1940

No information available.

Mike A. Paumer

1907 -1988

No picture available.  

Dora E. Rettinghouse

2 Mar 1892 – 18 June 1918

No information available.

Elizabeth L. Rettinghouse

12 Jan 1863 – 16 Mar 1894

Mother of Encil Rettinghouse.

Encil A. Rettinghouse

8 Mar 1888 – 9 Sept 1903

Son of Elizabeth Rettinghouse.  

J.F. Rettinghouse

No dates available.

John Rettinghouse

1870 – 26 Nov 1936

Age 57 years This grave not confirmed.  

M. Rettinghouse

No dates available.

Mary Rettinghouse

No data except a marker without readable paper.

Mary E. Rettinghouse

12 Oct 1909 – 20 June 1918

No information available.

William Andrew Rettinghouse

1853 – 12 June 1931

No information available.

William F. Rettinghouse

8 May 1913 – 27 Jan 1919

No information available.

Sam Sheldon

No dates available.

? Taylor

An adult unmarked grave next to Charles Taylor.  

Charles E. Taylor

4 Oct 1889 – 10 June 1900

No information available.

Lon Taylor

No dates available.