GEORGE P. HARVEY.
George P. Harvey, who is actively engaged in the real estate and insurance business as senior partner of the firm of Harvey & Harper, is also prominent in community affairs, serving at the present writing as chairman of the board of county commissioners of Uinta county. He makes his home in Evanston, where he has lived for twelve years or more.
He was born in Villisca, Montgomery county, Iowa, May 19, 1867, and is a son of William and Agnes (M
George P. Harvey attended the common schools of Iowa and was a youth of sixteen years when he came to Wyoming, after which he was employed near Cody on the Carter ranch, working as a cowboy for several years. He subsequently took up his abode at Fort Bridger, Wyoming, where he engaged in the live stock business on his own account, there remaining until 1903, when he disposed of his interests in that connection and turned his attention to merchandising in Carter, where he remained for two years. On the expiration of that period he disposed of his store and stock of goods and removed to Evanston, since which time he has been identified with a number of the important business enterprises of the city. In 1914 he concentrated his efforts and attention upon the management of the business of the Overhead Lumber Company and was thus engaged until February 1, 1918, when he severed that connection and embarked in the real estate and insurance business as a member of the firm of Harvey & Harper, the junior partner being his son-in-law. They specialize in the handling of ranch and live stock property and are meeting with well merited success in their undertakings.
At Fort Bridger, on the 30th of April, 1895, Mr. Harvey was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Hendrie, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Hendrie, who were pioneer people of this state. Two children have been born of this marriage : Nellie, who was born in 1907 and is now attending school in Evanston: and Mrs. Dora Harper, the elder daughter, who was born at Fort Bridger in 1896. She, too, was pupil in the public schools of Evanston, where she still makes her home. By her marriage she has become the mother of one child, Marjorie Harper.
In his political views Mr. Harvey is a stalwart democrat and has been a recognized leader in the ranks of his party in Uinta county. He served as county clerk for four years, from 1910 until 1914, and at the present writing, in 1918, is chairman of the board of county commissioners. He has also been a member of the school board and the cause of education finds in him a stalwart champion. Fraternally he is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, loyal to the teachings of these organizations, and he is equally true to his professions as a member of the Presbyterian church. He has worked his way upward entirely through his own efforts and is a self-made man who has depended upon his individual labors since reaching the age of thirteen years. Step by step he has progressed until he is now at the head of a successful business enterprise and he is well known among the prominent and representative citizens of his section of the state.