FRED H. WILLIAMS.
One of the large additions to the manufacturing enterprises of Evanston is the plant of the Becker Brewing & Malting Company, of which Fred H. Williams is the manager. This is now in sucessful operation and constitutes one of the large business concerns of the city. Mr. Williams is a native son of Michigan. He was born at Port Sanilac on the 10th of October, 1869. and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Wright) Williams, both of whom went to Michigan from Toronto, Canada, spending their remaining days at Port Sanilac, where the father engaged in business as a stationary engineer. He died in the year 1910, while his wife passed away in 1908. In their family were four children.
Fred H. Williams of this review was the third in order of birth. Through his boyhood days he attended the schools of Michigan and after completing a high school course in his native city he entered the Valparaiso (Ind.) University, from which he was graduated with the class of 1889. He then turned his attention to a business career, which has taken him to various places. He came to the west in 1892 and made his way first to Oregon, being employed as a bookkeeper at Huntington. There he remained for six years and subsequently he was employed by an express company for seven years, being stationed at various places. Later he entered the service of the Becker Brewing Company at Ogden, Utah, in 1906 and there remained until October, 1917, when he removed to Evanston, Wyoming, to take charge of the large plant which had just been erected by the company in Evanston. This is an extensive and modern brewing plant in which all new machinery has been installed, and it is one of the most thoroughly up-to-date business enterprises of the kind in the state, having a capacity of fifty thousand barrels annually. In addition to the manufacture of beer there is a large bottling department and fine office building. The most sanitary conditions exist and as manager Mr. Williams is giving direct supervision to the business, which is conducted along progressive lines, while the most scientific processes are used in the manufacture of the product.
On the 4th of June, 1897, in Huntington, Oregon, Mr. Williams was united in marriage to Miss Mabel Richards, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ferdinand Richards. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have one child, Gladys, who was born in Huntington in 1898 and is a graduate of the high school of Evanston.
Fraternally Mr. Williams is a Mason and is also connected with the Woodmen of the World. In a business way he has worked steadily upward and the steps in his orderly progression are easily discernible. He has made good use of his time and opportunities and is today active in the control of one of the important and extensive business projects of Evanston.