GEORGE W. ACE.
George W. Ace, actively engaged in the furniture, hardware and undertaking business at Rock Springs, was born near Scranton, in Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, July 8, 1860, a son of John and Christiana (Jennings) Ace. The mother was born in Pennsylvania, but her people were from Lancastershire, England. The paternal grandfather came from Germany and took up the occupation of farming as a life work, and the father was born in Monroe county, Pennsylvania. On leaving the east he removed to Hastings, Nebraska, where he devoted his attention to general agricultural pursuits throughout his remaining days. Both he and his wife passed away in Hastings, his death occurring in 1899, while Mrs. Ace departed this life in 1894. In their family were seven children, five of whom are yet living: Mrs. Rose Kintner, a resident of Pennsylvania; William, who has made his home at Rock Springs since 1883; Mrs. Alice Kintner, also of Pennsylvania; Norman, living in eastern Colorado; and George W., of this review, who was the fourth in order of birth. The oldest daughter died near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 1906, and the youngest son in 1898, at the age of twenty-eight years, in Hastings, Nebraska.
At the usual age George W. Ace became a pupil in the public schools of Pennsylvania and his educational training there was supplemented by a year's study in Nebraska following the removal of the family to the west. He afterward worked upon his father's farm until he attained his majority and then started out in life on his own account. He made his way to Butte, Montana, and was employed in the Anaconda mines for a year. He afterward returned to Nebraska, where he engaged in farming for eight years and then sold his interests in that state. Subsequently he took up his abode in Oregon and devoted his attention to farming south of the city of Albany for four years, on the expiration of which period he became a resident of Rock Springs in 1897 and turned his attention to the furniture and undertaking business in connection with his brother. He bought out the business in 1909 and has since conducted his commercial interests on an extensive scale. He has one of the largest stores of furniture and undertaking goods in Rock Springs and Sweetwater county, and his business has reached extensive and gratifying proportions.
At Rock Springs, on the 23d of November, 1909, Mr. Ace was united in marriage to Harriet A. (Lockwood) Kemp, whose father was killed in the Civil war when the daughter was only about two years of age. By a former marriage Mr. Ace had three children. Roy, born in Hastings, Nebraska, was graduated from the high school of Rock Springs and is now married and resides in San Pedro, California, where he is in the employ of the Standard Oil Company. Edna, born in Hastings, Nebraska, was graduated from the Rock Springs high school and is now married and resides in Los Angeles, California. Geneva, born in Albany, Oregon, resides in Long Beach, California.
Mr. Ace is a prominent Mason, belonging to the York Rite as well as to the Mystic Shrine. He is very active in Masonic circles and is a prominent representative of the craft, exemplifying in his life the beneficent spirit upon which it is based. He is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Eastern Star. His political endorsement is given to the republican party but he has never been an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his time and energies upon his business affairs. His religious faith is that of the Congregational church, in which he has served as treasurer for five years. He has traveled extensively over this country and is a broad-minded and cultured gentleman who by thrift and industry has reached a high and creditable position in Rock Springs' business circles.