HON. CHARLES W. RINER.
Hon. Charles W. Riner is now serving as a member of the state senate of Wyoming and is actively identified with commercial interests in Cheyenne as manager of the Wyoming Feed & Fuel Company and as a real estate and insurance agent. He was born in Middletown, Ohio, in 1854, a son of Henry and Elizabeth (Christman) Riner, both of whom lived to the very advanced age of ninety years.
Their son, Charles W. Riner, began his education in the public schools and also attended an academy at Seven Mile, Ohio, from which in due course of time he was graduated. His health failing, he removed to the west in 1870 and took up his abode in Cheyenne. After two years, having regained his health, he accepted a clerkship with the firm of Pease & Taylor, with whom he continued for nine years. His sister was then appointed to the position of postmaster of Cheyenne and Mr. Riner acted as assistant postmaster, continuing to occupy the position for four years. While in the postoffice he entered into partnership with Marshall Johnson and later William R. Schnitger, establishing their present business under the name of the Wyoming Feed & Fuel Company. Their trade has grown with the development of the city and the business enterprise has proven a profitable one. Mr. Riner is a man of energy who carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes. His plans are well formulated and his systematic methods and honorable dealing are factors in his growing success.
In 1878 Mr. Riner was united in marriage to Miss Delia Stanley, who passed away in 1879. For his second wife he chose Miss Mary Clark and their children were: Harry, who is a first lieutenant of the Wyoming National Guard, now in France; and Clarence, who is a captain in the Marine Corps, awaiting call for service abroad and now acting as adjutant of the post at Mare Island. Mr. Riner was again married to Miss Kate Davis and they have become the parents of two children, Florence and Elizabeth.
Mr. Riner is a Congregationalist in religious belief. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons and has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, while with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine he has crossed the sands of the desert. He is also connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and with the Knights of Pythias. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise and he is now serving as state senator and in this connection he is giving thoughtful and earnest consideration to all the vital questions that come up for settlement. He formerly served as a member of the territorial legislature and has been prominent in municipal affairs, acting as mayor of Cheyenne for four years and as a member of the city council for nine years. He also was supervisor of county assessors for two terms. When the new federal building was being erected in Cheyenne he filled the position of distributing agent. He was also state enumerator for the 1900 United States census.
He is a man of genuine personal worth and marked ability, widely known and held in the highest esteem by all. Everywhere his acquaintances speak of him in terms of high regard, for he has the qualities that make for leadership in public affairs, while his social traits of character are those which make for personal popularity.