Louis Phelisa "Lewis" Lanctot was born on 17 Sep 1888 in Mead, Saunders, Nebraska. He was the third of eight children born to Zenophile Lanctot and Eliza Bourke. He lived in Charles Mix County, South Dakota with his family until the early 1900s when he moved to Nebraska. He married Mary Alice Schneider in Yankton, South Dakota on 15 July 1913. He met Mary Alice when he was employed to drill a well on her parent's farm in 1913. In 1917 he was an Independent Well Driller working in Converse, Wyoming,, but living in Yankton, South Dakota and also drilled wells in Cedar Co., Nebraska and Yankton Co., South Dakota. He employed his brother-in-law Charles Schneider as a well driller.
He died on 21 October 1922 due to "fracture at base of skull caused by truck overturning." A heavy truck loaded with lumber turned over and pinned him underneath at the age of 34 in Casper, Wyoming.
Before her death in 2009, Josephine wrote this about her father's death:
"Was killed when a truck loaded with lumber turned over and pinned him underneath. The truck belonged to a neighboring homesteader in Casper, Wyoming. They were hauling lumber to build the homestead for his mother, as time was running out to get her house built to secure the homestead claim. It is unclear that they ever told her that it was her lumber. The truck came around a curve and met another vehicle with bright lights, which blinded the driver. Louis was in the back of the truck (the cabs weren't big enough for 3 in those days). They thought Louis had tried to jump out of the truck, but his coattail caught on the lumber and it threw him under the truck. His neck was broken and the hub of the wheel rested on his temple."
↑ "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image [database online], Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed, viewed, downloaded 7 January 2011), card for Louis Phelisa Lanctot, no. 75, Converse, Wyoming; citing World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.
↑ 1900 United States Federal Census, Charles Mix County, South Dakota, (Darlington Township); page 8B, lines 54-60, T623_1547, www.ancestry.com [database online].
↑ 1910 United States Federal Census, Cedar County, Nebraska, (St. Helena/Precinct 2); p. 10B-11A, lines 96-2, T624_840, Img. 467, www.ancestry.com [database online].
↑ 1920 United States Federal Census, Natrona County, Wyoming, (Election District 8, Enumeration District: 84); page 2B, lines 75-79, T625_2028, www.ancestry.com [database online].
↑ 1900 United States Federal Census, Charles Mix Co., SD, (Darlington Township), p. 8B, li. 54-60.
↑ 1910 United States Federal Census, Cedar Co., NE, (St. Helena/Precinct 2), p. 10B-11A, li. 96-2.
↑ L.P. Lanctot and Alice M. Schnieder, (15 July 1913), South Dakota Marriages, 1905-1949 [database on-line]: ; South Dakota Department of Health, Pierre, South Dakota.
↑ "World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," digital image [database online], Ancestry.com, card for Louis Phelisa Lanctot, no. 75, Converse, Wyoming.
↑ Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records: Land Patents, database online (Springfield, Virginia: General Land Office, 2011), Louis Lanctot; patent #862804 dated 17 May 1922; 320 acres; Natrona County, Wyoming.
↑ Edward John Lanctot, birth certificate 2686 (30 July 1921), Casper, Natrona, Wyoming, USA Department of Health and Social Services, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
↑ Louis Lanctot, death certificate 1922-1666 (21 October 1922), Bureau of VItal Statistics, Wyoming State Archives, Cheyenne, Wyoming.