Category: sheridan, wyoming

Jack Strelesky’s Taxidermy Shop Damaged by Fire

When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop.  On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop.  An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917.

John J. Strelesky's taxidermy shop damaged by fire

Transcription of article:

Taxidermist’s Shop Damaged By Fire

Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 – Damage to the extent of about a hundred dollars was caused by a fire which started in the loft of the building on East Fourth street, occupied by the taxidermy shop of J.J. Strelesky last night. It was discovered shortly before 9 o’clock and an alarm turned in. The blaze was soon brought under control after the arrival of the department. The principal damage was done to rugs and hides stored in the loft. It is supposed that the fire originated from a spark from the chimney igniting a rug which had been cleaned with gasoline during the day.

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph “Jack” and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation.

My grandmother’s obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary’s Church in Freeport, Illinois.

Obituary: Eunice Strelesky

Transcription of document:

Eunice I. Lightcap, 82, 2720 Pleasant View, formerly of 3151 Hillcrest Road, died at 9:36 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, 1998, at Mercy Health Center St. Joseph’s Unit

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The Egelhof, Siegert & Casper Westview Funeral Home, 2659 Kennedy Road, is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lightcap worked at the former Stampfer’s department store and later at Armstrong’s department store and was a volunteer at The Finley Hospital for many years.

She was born on Dec. 22, 1915, at Sheridan, Wyo., daughter of John and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky . She married Wally Lightcap on 1935, in Dubuque; he died in 1975.

She was a member of The Finley Hospital Auxiliary and St. Anthony’s Parish and its rosary society.

Surviving are six sons, Tom (Mary Catherine) Lightcap, Ted (Sharon) Lightcap and Joel Lightcap, all of Dubuque, William (Veva) Lightcap, of Arcadia, Calif., Jack (Denise) Lightcap, of Portland, Ore., and Gregory (Linda) Lightcap, of Portage, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Marjorie Strelesky , of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by an infant son, Gary, in 1946, a sister, Alice Humphrey; and a brother, Herbert.