Frackelton Subject of 'Conversations'

Cover of the book that Laumann used for her talk about Frackelton.
Cover of the book that Laumann used for her talk about Frackelton.

Dr. William Frackelton, whose dental office was once on the second floor of the building now occupied by Frackelton's restaurant in downtown Sheridan, was the focus of Helen Laumann's Conversations in History Wednesday.

Laumann, who's a member of the Sheridan County Historical Society, said the material for her talk came from “The Sagebrush Dentist,” the book written in later years about Frackelton's life.

She said Frackelton was born on June 24, 1870, in Milwaukee, Wis.

Laumann said Frackelton traveled by stagecoach from Milwaukee to Sundance, where he stayed for a while. But after two weeks, he decided Sundance was too small, so he moved on, coming to Sheridan.

Laumann said Frackelton arrived in Sheridan in late 1893. He later moved to Casper for a time, but he returned to Sheridan and became involved in a number of activities here.

Laumann talked about Frackelton's influence on President Taft, which led – after Taft became a Supreme Court justice – to the establishment of the old Fort MacKenzie as a VA hospital.

She said Frackelton was a lifetime member of the Sheridan Elks club and in 1934, started his own radio show. Laumann said Dr. Frackelton died on Dec. 28, 1942.

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Laumann during her presentation Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Laumann during her presentation Wednesday. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Photo showed by Laumann of Frackelton when he first came to Wyoming.
Photo showed by Laumann of Frackelton when he first came to Wyoming.
Another photo showed by Laumann. Frackelton is behind the wheel of the car.
Another photo showed by Laumann. Frackelton is behind the wheel of the car.
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