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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

December 4

256  St. Barbara martyred.  This date is her feast day on the Calendar of Saints, and for reasons that are obscure, she is the Patron Saint of Artillery.  A large portrait of her hangs in the museum at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, the headquarters for the artillery training in the U.S. Army (and also for the U.S. Marine Corps).

Wyoming has a long association with artillery, which may surprise many of its residents, which continues on to the present day.  The Wyoming National Guard became an artillery unit some time prior to World War One and served in that capacity during the Great War.  In the early 1920s, it was converted to cavalry, but artillery units were reintroduced after World War Two.  The Wyoming Army National Guard's 300th AFA served with distinction in the Korean War, winning both Congressional and Presidential  Unit Citations and the state retains artillery units to this day.

1873  William Ross born in Tennessee. Ross was Wyoming's twelfth Governor, but only served a year and a half, dying from complications following an appendectomy.  Ross was a lawyer in Cheyenne, having had a practice there since 1901.  He ran several political campaigns, but it was not until 1922 that he was successful, running on an assistance to farmers platform, and supporting stronger prohibition measures.  His successful campaign was hard on his finances, largely draining any surplus, which had an impact on his wife successive campaigns.  He was married to Nellie Tayloe Ross, who became the governor following his death.

1877  Rail line between Cheyenne and Denver completed.

1889  The first load of coal was shipped from Cambria

1890  Some legislators staying at a private home in Cheyenne were robbed during the night, while they slept.  Attribution.  Wyoming State Historical Society.

1942  President Roosevelt issues a letter that abolishes the Works Project Administration effective June 30.

1942  Troops arrive at Scottsbluff Army Air Field, a satellite filed of the Casper Army Air Field.

1948  This Union Pacific's City of San Francisco photographed near Cheyenne.

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