NEPHI J. DE LONEY.
Nephi J. De Loney, who in 1916 was elected to the office of county assessor of Uinta county by a very large majority as the candidate of the republican party, was born March 28, 1881. in the city of Evanston, where he still makes his home, his parents being Charles and Clara J. (Burton) De Loney, the former a native of Michigan, while the latter was born in England. The mother came to America with her father at an early day and settled at Piedmont, Wyoming, crossing the plains with some of the early emigrants. At the time of the Civil war Charles De Loney espoused the cause of the Union enlisting as a volunteer in a Michigan regiment and serving as a private throughout the entire period of hostilities between the north and the south. After receiving an honorable discharge and being mustered out in Michigan he resolved to try his fortune in the west and made his way to Wyoming, where he entered the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, working in the timber. After the opening of the railroad he located at Beartown and subsequently removed to Evanston, where he first conducted a barber shop in a tent. The town was just being established and the conditions were those which one meets in pioneer communities. Mr. De Loney continued to work at the trade for several years and afterwards engaged in the liquor business. Through all the intervening years he has been a prominent factor in the public life of the community and in its business circles. He was for four terms chosen to represent his district in the territorial legislature and after the admission of Wyoming into the union he served for two terms as a member of the state senate. Later he was appointed to the position of supervisor of the Teton forest reserve and he built the first house at Jackson, Wyoming. He now conducts most of the important business interests of Jackson. He was the founder of both Evanston and Jackson and remains active in the business of the latter place although he is now seventy-eight years of age. He was married in Evanston and his wife is still living at the age of sixty-five years. Their children are: Mrs. Clara Mills, of Evanston; Richard, who has passed away; Mrs. Hannah Cook, also deceased; William C, living in Jackson, Wyoming; Nephi J., of this review; Joseph, deceased; Herman; Mrs. Viola Lunbeck and Mrs. Frances Clark, all of Jackson, and James, who is a member of the national army.
Nephi J. De Loney spent his boyhood days largely as a pupil in the public schools of Evanston and then worked for his father, being employed for a time in his store at Jackson. Later he entered the accounting department of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, with which he was associated from 1899 until he was elected to his present position as county assessor in 1916. He was chosen to this office by a very large majority as the candidate of the republican party, the large vote being indicative of his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him by his fellow townsmen.
Mr. De Loney was united in marriage to Miss Mae Stonebreaker, a native of Hoytsville, Utah, the marriage being celebrated in Evanston, November 23, 1901. Mrs. De Loney is a daughter of John P. Stonebreaker, of Hoytsville, who was one of the pioneer settlers of that section of Utah. Mr. and Mrs. De Loney have become the parents of four children: Claire, who was born in 1903; Charles, in 1905; Lucille, in 1912; and Burton, in 1914. The two older children are in school.
The parents are members of the Mormon church and fraternally Mr. De Loney is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World. He is very widely and favorably known throughout this section of the state and enjoys the high regard, confidence and good will of all with whom he has been associated. He has always been a resident of Wyoming and in his life displays the spirit of western enterprise and progress.