Remembering May 19, 1903:

Famed buffalo hunter George Causey ended his own life at his home near Kenna.

Emily Elliott, a great-great niece researching Causey’s life, provided this information to Pep’s Betty Williamson in a March interview:

Causey was in his bed when he shot himself in the head with a pistol, Elliott said.

Causey, “quite the horse breaker and dealer,” according to Elliott, was thrown from a mustang in 1902 and suffered chronic pain the last year of his life.

He reportedly worked hard the day before his suicide and may have been in more pain than usual, Elliott said she’s learned during her research.

Bud and Alma Lyle Bilberry own the Causey ranch now, and their home is built around the original Causey house.

The Handbook of Texas reports Causey was responsible for killing 40,000 buffalo from 1874 to 1882, including the last herd on the Llano Estacado, near Seminole, Texas.

The village of Causey in Roosevelt County is named for brothers George and John because their lives “influenced and symbolized American exploration and settlement of the Llano Estacado,” according to “The Place Names of New Mexico.”

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