William Franklin Smith was born 1853 in Ohio. He married Louisa Martha Quiner on 10 June 1880 in Sullivan County, Montana. He died 4 September 1903 in Big Horn County, Wyoming.
"W.F. Smith who shot and killed W.S. Dirlam at Welling, fifteen miles south of Basin, in the Big horn Basin Thursday, committed suicide Friday afternoon at his ranch near Welling, by shooting himself through the head with a Winchester rifle, Dirlam and Smith quarreled over some land matters and when they parted Smith supposed the matter had been adjusted satisfactorily to Dirlam, but the latter took several shots at him and he returned fire killing Dirlam. It is believed Smith went insane over the affair. Smith was one time sheriff of Cherry County,Neb.,and while in office he broke-up one of the worst gangs of outlaws that ever infested the west. After settling in the Big Horn Basin he broke up the Norwood gang of desperadoes." Rocksprings miner No.35 September 10,1903
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