THOMAS A. READY.
Thomas A. Ready is manager and one of the proprietors of the Murphy-Ready Company of Rawlins, Wyoming, and of Fort Collins, Colorado. This company is extensively and successfully engaged in dealing in men's furnishing goods and clothing and has built up a trade at each center that is extensive and substantial.
Mr. Ready was born in Prince Edward Island, August 2, 1872, and is a son of Richard and Mary (Condon) Ready, both of whom were natives of Prince Edward Island, where they were reared, educated and married. The father has followed farming as a life work and is still living at the place of his nativity, but the mother has passed away and was buried in Prince Edward Island. They had a family of six children, of whom Thomas A. is the third in order of birth. Two of the number are now deceased. The others are: Mrs. Joe Hughes, Millicent and James A., who are still living in Prince Edward Island.
In his boyhood days Thomas A. Ready attended the schools of his native isle, after which he became an apprentice to the tailor's trade, with which he became thoroughly familiar, mastering the business in every detail. He then followed the trade in his native country until 1891, when he resolved to try his fortune in the west and made his way to Rawlins, Wyoming. A year later he established himself in business on his own account and later developed his interests into the present business enterprise, conducted under the name of the Murphy-Ready Company. He is one of the prominent merchants of Rawlins and is at the head of one of the finest stores of the kind in the state. The business was established in 1894, Mr. Ready becoming the associate of P. J. Murphy, who is the active manager of the Fort Collins branch of the business, while Mr. Ready continues in control of the Rawlins establishment. Purchasing in large quantities, they are able to buy advantageously and their stores present all that is latest and best in workmanship and in style, both in clothing and haberdashery.
Mr. Ready is a Catholic in religious faith, holding membership in St. Joseph's church at Rawlins, and he is identified with the Knights of Columbus, which draws its membership only from the people of that faith. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and in 1916 he was chosen as a city trustee of Rawlins. He started out in business in a modest way, has worked upward without assistance and has now reached a position of prominence in commercial circles. He is a believer in Wyoming and its future and is glad to identify his interests with the state, feeling that the opportunities are limitless here. His course should suggest to young men the chances that are before them–chances that lie before any and that may be utilized with good results.