DANIEL C. BUNTIN.
Daniel C. Buntin occupies a prominent position on the stage of business activity in Laramie, where he is well known as president of the Laramie Water Company. He was born in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1875 and was educated in private schools and in a university of the south, while for a time he was also a student in Vanderbilt University, from which he was graduated in 1899 with the LL. B. degree. Liberal educational advantages thus qualified him for life's practical and responsible duties. He has been a resident of Laramie since 1908 and through the intervening period has been closely identified with development projects and with the work of upbuilding, throughout this section of the state. Realizing the opportunities of the country and the possibilities for men of enterprise, he has become a factor in work that has contributed much to the material development of the state. He was the builder of the James Lake irrigation system, which was executed at a cost of a half million dollars. He colonized that district and sold land to the value of about one and a half million dollars. Again the call of opportunity was to him the call to action and he became the promoter of the Laramie Water Company, concentrating his efforts upon the building of its plant, which work was carried through at a cost of two million dollars. He also has twenty thousand acres of land on which he is extensively engaged in the raising of sheep, cattle and other live stock. He became the vice president of the Tallmadge-Buntin Land Company, which was organized for the purpose of conducting a general land and immigration business–to deal in large and small tracts of alfalfa, wheat, corn, cotton, timber, sugar beets, fruit and general farm and ranch land. In other words, to conduct a general wholesale and retail land and immigration business in the south and in the west. This company opened its offices in the Railway Exchange budding of Chicago and from that point conducted its interests. To his work in this connection Mr. Buntin brought broad experience. He was the vice president of the First Savings Bank & Trust Company of Nashville, Tennessee, and general manager of the Realty Company, also of Nashville. The latter is a stock company that owned and promoted West Nashville, which has grown to be a city of large proportions, in which are located twenty-nine mills and factories, employing five thousand men. He promoted many other projects in Nashville and in the south, including the building of the great Arcade store and office building, which was erected at a cost of a half million dollars. Mr. Buntin personally owns and controls a large interest in that building and is a stockholder in many of the banks in Nashville and other business projects there. He became the associate of E. R. Tallmadge and others in promoting the railroad from Canyon City, Texas, to Plainview, Texas, and now controls all town-sites along that line. He has extensive holdings and large interests in the southwest and is considered one of the successful young financiers of the country. Turning his attention to Laramie, he recognized its possibilities and his efforts in this connection have been equally etifective and valuably resultant.
On the 12th of June, 1901, Mr. Buntin was united in marriage in Nashville, Tennessee, to Miss Elsie Caldwell, a native of that city and a daughter of James E. and Mary W. Caldwell. Her father is the president of the Fourth-First National Bank of Nashville. Mr. and Mrs. Buntin have two children: Thomas Craighead, who was born in Nashville. March 15, 1902; and May Winston Caldwell, who was born in Nashville in 1914. The parents hold membership in the First Presbyterian church of Nashville.
Mr. Buntin is a member of the Chamber of Commerce of Laramie and he is identified with various social organizations and clubs throughout the country. He belongs to the Chicago Athletic Club; to the Hermitage, of Nashville, of which he was formerly president; to the Nashville Golf & Country Club and to the Noelton Golf & Country Club of Nashville, of which he was formerly vice president. Well descended and well bred, he is a gentleman whom it is a pleasure to meet, for he has the happy faculty of placing anyone at ease who enters into conversation with him. He is a man of splendid judgement, quick action, remarkable executive ability, and in all things is actuated by a spirit of determination that knows no such word as fail, for he recognizes the fact that when one avenue of opportunity seems closed he can carve out other paths that will reach the desired goal. His efforts, important and extensive in proportions, have constituted a most effective force in promoting development and progress in various sections of the country, for he has in marked degree all of those qualities which characterize the far-sighted financier and the clear-headed executive.