HARRY G. PARKER.
Harry G. Parker, senior partner in the firm of Parker & Stafford, dealers in hay, feed and grain at Rock Springs, was born at Coalburg, Ohio, July 21, 1886, a son of Henry Stephen and Lucy Jane (Williams) Parker, both of whom were natives of Liverpool, England. Coming to America in early life, they settled in Coalburg, Ohio, and the father there engaged in coal mining until September, 1888, when he sought the business opportunities offered in the great and growing west. He made his way to Rock Springs, Wyoming, and took up mining, but at the present time he is superintendent of the State Hospital. His wife also survives and the family circle is yet unbroken by the hand of death, for the four children are yet living, namely. Mrs. Ada Ramsey, Mrs. William Kellogg, Harry G. and Blanche, all at Rock Springs.
Harry G. Parker was but two years of age when he removed from Ohio to Wyoming and at the usual age he became a pupil in the public schools of Rock Springs, and later continued his education in the Utah Agricultural College at Logan, where he devoted two years to a commercial course. He was afterward employed by the American and Pacific Express Companies at Rock Springs, continuing in that connection for three years, at the end of which time he became an employe of the J. P. McDermott Company. After two years spent in that way he resigned and embarked in business on his own account in partnership with A. Stafford under the firm style of Parker & Stafford, dealers in hay, feed and grain. The business was established May 21, 1914, in a small way but has grown steadily and has now developed to large proportions through the able management of Mr. Parker and his associate in the enterprise. He is a man of sound business judgment, of unfaltering industry and of keen sagacity, and his efforts have resulted in building up a gratifying business, his trade equalling if not exceeding that of all dealers in his line in this part of the state.
On the 10th of September, 1910, at Rock Springs, Mr. Parker was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Travis, of Rock Springs, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Travis. Her father was killed in the Hanna explosion about seven years ago. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Parker: Henry Stephen, who was born in Rock Springs, September 14, 1912; and Peter, born November 15, 1914.
Mr. Parker votes with the republican party and in 1913 was a candidate for the office of county clerk of Sweetwater county but failed of election by a very narrow margin. Fraternally he is a Master Mason and loyally adheres to the teachings and purposes of the craft. He ranks with the representative young business men of his adopted city, a city, however, in which almost his entire life has been passed. He has therefore witnessed much of the growth and development of Rock Springs and rejoices in what has been accomplished as the work of progress and improvement has been carried forward. Since attaining man's estate he has supported all measures and movements for the general good and his worth both as a man and citizen is widely acknowledged.