B. J. Steffen, who is engaged in the drug business at Douglas, ranks with the wide-awake, alert and enterprising merchants of the town, recognizing the fact that efficient and satisfactory service must be the basis of his success. He is a comparatively young man, his birth having occurred on the 20th of September, 1883, in Atalissa. Iowa, his parents being John J. and Louisa E. (Ireland) Steffen. The family came to Wyoming in 1885, when he was but two years of age, settling at Silver Cliff, where the father engaged in the drug business. After some years he removed to Douglas and purchased the drug store of C. D. Broadbeck, which he continued to conduct with growing success until his demise, when his son, B. J. Steffen, took over the business, which he has since owned and conducted.
    To the public school system of Wyoming, B. J. Steffen is indebted for the early educational advantages he enjoyed. He attended the Lusk school and in 1891 he came with the family to Douglas, being at that time a lad of eight years. He has since been identified with the city and its interests. He received his business training under the direction of his father and in 1914 won a certificate as a registered pharmacist. At his father's death he succeeded to the business and is now proprietor of the oldest drug store of Douglas, the business having been established and conducted at the same location since 1891. He has a well appointed store, carrying a large and carefully selected line of drugs and druggists' sundries, and his business methods, which are based upon thorough reliability and earnest effort to please his patrons, have won for him a very liberal and well deserved patronage.
    Mr. Steffen was united in marriage to Aliss Ethel Cook, a daughter of A. D. Cook, and they have become the parents of three daughters. In politics Mr. Steffen is a republican. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, in which he has taken the degrees of lodge and chapter, and in his life he exemplifies the beneficent spirit of the craft, which is based upon a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind and the obligations thereby imposed. He belongs to the Commercial Club and cooperates in all of its well defined plans and projects for the improvement and upbuilding of his city and the extension of its trade relations. When leisure permits he enjoys a hunting or a fishing trip, but he regards his business as his first interest and concentrates his energies upon its successful conduct.

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