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Mills Family Cemetery

Located on the Charles Perry Mills homestead on the Upper Nowood, State Highway 434, about 30 miles south of Ten Sleep, WY. Charles Perry Mills and his wife Sarah Sherard Mills and three of Charles' Brothers and wives immigrated to the area from Missouri in the 1890's. Tragedy struck the Mills family in 1900 when four Mills children were taken by Diptheria/Scarlet Fever. Heartbroken, Charles and Sarah returned to Missouri and never returned to Wyoming. Thomas Sherman Mills (a brother to Charles) and his wife Drusilla Fitzgerald Mills also lost a child to the same disease in 1900 and she is buried here with her cousins.

Elizabeth A. Waln

(1823- 1895)

Mother of Robert A. Waln.

Robert A. Waln


One of the most substantial, influential and representative citizens of Bighorn county, Wyoming, is Robert A. Waln of Rome, a pioneer of 1878. He is a native of Iowa, where he was born in November, 1856. His parents were Henry and Elizabeth Waln, prosperous farmers in Iowa, the former being a native of Ohio and the later of Indiana. They passed the greater part of their lives in Iowa, and there son, Robert, grew to manhood and received his education, remaining at home until he was twenty-two years of age, then, in 1878, he came to Fort Fetterman in Wyoming and engaged in freighting. From the fort he came to Buffalo, and 1884, took up his residence in the Bighorn basin, where he located land and started a prosperous industry in farming and raising stock, having now a tract of 520 acres of superior land and 325 graded cattle. He also runs a band of horses, keeping up the standard and giving careful attention to their proper growth and maintenance so that the best results can be secured. Neither cattle nor horses does he permit any admixture that would degrade his stock, and his tendency is always upward in quality and strain. Mr. Waln has been a very useful citizen to the country and he has contributed freely of his time and energy to its advancement. He was, for four years a county commissioner in Johnson county and served as a county road supervisor. In these positions, which are at best trying and difficult of satisfactory administration, especially so in a new country, where much of the natural wildness of a section still remains, conditions are not established and facilities are not abundant, he discharged his duties in a way which won him general commendation and was a great and lasting benefit to the interests of his people. He was married in Iowa in 1887 to Miss Eva Tull, a native of Illinois, and to their union was blessed with seven children, six of whom are living, Clarence A., Clytie E., Charles F., Ray A., Ula and Reese M. Another daughter, Grace V., is deceased. The rapid and yet safe and substantial growth of the Northwest of this country has been a source of wonder and amazement alike to the thoughtful and the thoughtless, and many dimes is asked the cause of it. That cause is not a strange one nor one far to seek. It is to be found in the sturdy manliness, the progressive spirit, the breadth of view and the marvelous resourcefulness of the men, who settled this part of the country and put in motion in its institutions and activities and qualities of vigor and progressiveness they have themselves possessed, and among the number few are entitles to more credit than Mr. Waln, the subject of this biographical review, who has met every demand of the most exacting citizenship in a masterful manner.
Source: Progressive Men of the State of Wyoming, A. W. Bowen & Co., Chicago, Ill.,1903, pages 701-702.

Eva Waln


Basin Republican no. 44 March 15, 1907, page 1: One of Big Horn County's Most Estimable Ladies, and a Pioneer, Dead. Mrs. Eva C. Waln, wife of R. A. Waln, of Spring Creek, passed away on Sunday March 10th, and the remains were laid to rest on Monday after fitting tribute paid to the memory of the noble woman by sorrowing friends, neighbors arid relatives of the deceased, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. Toland and a large concourse of sorrowing ones following the body to its last resting place. Mrs. Waln was born in 1866 in Iowa, and in 1887, immediately after her marriage, she in company with her husband moved to this state where they have since resided. She was the mother of seven children, the eldest of whom, Grace, preceded her to the great beyond, leaving six children, the eldest 19 years of age, and a husband to mourn her untimely death. Mrs. Waln was a lady possessing a large circle of warm friends attracted to her by the many noble qualities of womanhood. She was an exemplary wife and a loving mother whose kind and loving nature the bereft family and friends will sadly miss. The sympathy of the entire community is extended to the sorrowing relatives. NOTE. R. A. Waln remarries to Mrs. Martha Bull. Basin Republican no. 9 September 03, 1909, page 8.

Clytie E Waln


Daughter of Robert and Eva Waln.

Grace V. Waln

(1889 - 1902)

Daughter of Robert and Eva Waln.