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."
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