Much has been written concernmg the relative importance of various lines of business or of various kinds of official service, but when one stops to thoughtfully consider the situation, it must be recognized that the faithful performance of duty in every particular adds to the stability and strength of the whole. The old saying that a chain is no stronger than its weakest link might be well applied to the official activities of the body politic. Each public officer has a part to perform and delinquency in any regard must weaken the entire system under which government business is carried on.
    Actively identified with the mail service in Wyoming is John McNamara, who is filling the office of postmaster at Kemmerer and who is prompt, faithful and reliable in the discharge of all of his duties. He was born in Rutland, Vermont. March 28, 1869, and is a son of Michael and Mary McNamara, both of whom were natives of Ireland. The father came to America in 1850 and took up his abode in the Green Mountain state, where he engaged principally in railroad work. He afterward became a resident of New Sharon, Iowa, removing westward to that state in the early '70s and becoming one of the pioneers of the region in which he located. He is now living retired. His wife crossed the Atlantic from the Emerald isle in her girlhood days and she, too, became a resident of Vermont, settling near Rutland, where she formed the acquaintance of Mr. McNamara, who sought and won her hand in marriage. They had a family of five children, who were called upon to mourn the death of the mother when in 1894 she passed to the home beyond.
    John McNamara was the fourth in order of birth in that family and was educated in the public schools of New Sharon, Iowa, having been but a few years old when the family home was established at that place. He was only twelve years of age when he started out to earn his own living. He took up the study of telegraphy and became a train dispatcher at the age of sixteen years, being stationed at Keithsburg, Illinois. He filled the position for a year and worked along that line until 1913, serving as chief train dispatcher on various roads. In 1890 he came to Wyoming, first establishing his home at Green River, where he entered the employ of the Union Pacific Railway Company. In 1908 he became a citizen of Kemmerer and was train dispatcher for the Oregon Short Line Railway Company until March 1, 1914. when he was appointed to the position of postmaster of Kemmerer by President Wilson. He has since filled the office and has made an excellent record by the prompt and capable manner in which he has discharged his duties, faithfully performing every task that devolves upon him in this connection.
    At Rock Springs, Wyoming, on the 3d of April, 1895. Mr. McNamara was married to Miss Theresa Mueller, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and a daughter of Steven and Susan Mueller. They have become parents of four children: Mary, who was born at Green River, Wyoming, August 1, 1897; James, born at Green River, April 25, 1900; and Frances and Theresa, twins, who were born at Pocatello, Idaho, December 15, 1905.
    Mr. McNamara has always given his political allegiance to the democratic party and is a firm advocate of its principles. He is a Mason and holds membership in the blue lodge at Kemmerer, the Knights Templar commandery at Green River and the Mystic Shrine at Rawlins. He is also identified with the Chamber of Commerce and is in entire sympathy with the work of that organization in behalf of the city and the extension of its trade relations and the advancement of its civic standards. He was reared a Catholic and the family are communicants of St. Patrick's parish. Mr. McNamara deserves much credit for what he has accomplished, as he started out in the business world at a salary of thirty-five dollars per month and has steadily worked his way upward by reason of his persistency of purpose, his capability and his trustworthiness.

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