CHARLES D. SPALDING.
Charles D. Spalding, cashier of the Albany County National Bank at Laramie, is one of the best known men in banking circles in southern Wyoming, and while but little past middle age has been for more than a quarter of a century identified with the city's financial institutions, thus acquiring a business prestige as well as a personal acquaintance equalled by very few men in Laramie.
He was born in Bloomington, Illinois, February 25, 1872. a son of Charles W. and Annetta (Dawson) Spalding, who were natives of Kentucky and of Illinois respectively. Soon after the Civil war the father removed to Illinois, having previously served through the war as a member of an Illinois Volunteer regiment, in which he made an exceptionally good record for fidelity and bravery. He was afterward a well known government employee in the United States post office at Bloomington, Ill. He became a pioneer of Laramie, served as county clerk of Albany county and his last days were passed here. He was born in 1835 and had therefore reached the age of seventy-three years when in 1908 he was called to the home beyond. His widow is still living and is a resident of Laramie. They were the parents of three children: George Spalding, who resides in Omaha, Nebraska; Irene Spalding, who is deceased; and Charles D., of this review.
The last named was the eldest of the family and was a little lad of but four summers when in 1876 his parents removed to Laramie, becoming pioneer citizens here. He attended the public schools of Laramie and afterward entered the preparatory department of the University of Wyoming, subsequent to which time he made his initial step in the business world. For a time he was in the employ of his father, who was county clerk of Albany county, and in 1890 he became identified with the banking business, entering the Wyoming National Bank, with which institution he was connected until 1895. He was afterward with the First National Bank until 1900 in various departments and became connected with the Albany County Bank as assistant cashier, being elected to the position of cashier in 1903. He has capably filled this office ever since and has come to be regarded as one of the ablest men in his capacity in the city. He is a courteous and obliging official, extending the assistance of the bank wherever possible but never exceeding the point where the interests of depositors or stockholders might be jeopardized. He is thoroughly familiar with every phase of banking and his work in this connection has done much for the success of the institution.
On the 7th of September, 1898, in Laramie, Mr. Spalding was united in marriage to Miss Allie Crumrine, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Crumrine, who were natives of Pennsylvania and came to Wyoming in 1886. Mr. and Mrs. Spalding have one child, Charles C, who was born in Laramie in 1902 and is now a high school pupil.
The parents are consistent members of the Episcopal church and Mr. Spalding is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is serving on the board of trustees of the State University, and his aid and influence can always be counted upon to further any plan or project for the public good. Starting out in life without any special advantages, he has constantly worked his way upward and stands high in financial circles. Moreover, the esteem and good will of his fellow townsmen is cordially extended him, for his has been an upright life and he possesses a genial, social nature that makes for personal popularity.