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J. G. BACON

Beaver Valley Cemetery
Sheridan County,
Nebraska

Inscription:
J.G. Bacon
Born
Jan. 17, 1877
Died
Feb. 3, 1893
Gone from our home but not from our hearts.

The section below is taken from the booklet, “Beaver Valley and its People: 1870 – 1970.”

Boys Killed by Indians January 1893

During the last of January 1893 my neighbors were missing some horses from their pasture and hearing of stray horses on the White River Ranch north of Pine Ridge, South Dakota they sent two 16-year old boys to look for the horses.

The ground was covered with a foot or more of snow and traveling on horseback was very slow. The boys heard of the 6-L horse ranch on Cheyenne River and stopped there to spend the night. It seems the men at this ranch and some Indians had had some trouble in a card game and the Indians planned to kill these men that night and the boys being strangers were shot instead. The boys involved in this were James G. Bacon born January 17, 1877 – died January 3, 1893 and William S. Kelley born September 18, 1877 – died January 2, 1893. Neighbors had become worried about the two boys and set out to search for them. They found the Kelley boy dead from his wounds but the Bacon boy was still alive. The men wanted to take the wounded boy home by horseback and return later for the body of the Kelley boy but Jimmy Bacon didn’t want to leave his companion’s body alone so wouldn’t return with the men. When the men returned the next day with team and wagon they were horrified to find the Indians had returned and killed Jimmy Bacon.

When investigation was made it was found that the Indian Two Sticks was the leader in this affair. A trial was held at Fr. Meade, South Dakota.

These boys were going to school in our district and Mrs. Kelley was the teacher.

by Alice Lundy

Contributed on 10/6/05 by JimNebraska
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Record #: 535

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Submitted: 10/6/05 • Approved: 9/15/07 • Last Updated: 2/17/13 • R535-G0-S3

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