Among those who are active in connection with the conduct of commercial interests in Basin is numbered William Gibson, who is proprietor of a furniture and undertaking establishment, which he is successfully conducting. He was born in Scotland, July 12, 1864, and is a son of George and Mary (Hutchinson) Gibson, who were also natives of the land of hills and heather, where they spent their entire lives, never coming to the new world. They had a family of thirteen children, eight of whom are yet living.
William Gibson was reared and educated in Scotland, there remaining until he reached the age of twenty-three years, when he bade adieu to friends and native country and sailed for the new world with Canada as his destination. He remained in that country for three years or until 1890, when he came to the United States, settling first in Rawlins, Wyoming, where he engaged in the sheep business. In 1896 he made his way westward to the Big Horn country and ran sheep in the Big Horn basin until 1902, when he sold his interests in that connection in order to concentrate his efforts and attention upon commercial interests. He then established a clothing store, which he conducted until 1907, when he sold out but later turned his attention to the furniture and undertaking business, in which he has since been engaged at Basin, having a well appointed store in which he carries a large and carefully selected line of goods. His business methods, which are thoroughly reliable, and his unfaltering enterprise have been the chief sources of his growing success. In addition to his mercantile interests he is the vice president of the Bighorn County Bank and he is also a member of the Basin Hall Company, of which he is the treasurer.
In 1902 Mr. Gibson was united in marriage to Miss Mary E. Keith, a native of Indiana, and to them have been born the following children: Lester H., who is attending high school; Frederick W., at school; Alberta, who is deceased; and Richard K. Mrs. Gibson is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church.
The family occupies an attractive residence in Basin and Mr. Gibson also owns a brick store building in the city and a fine farm of one hundred and sixty acres not far distant. His political allegiance has always been given to the republican party and he is now serving for a second term as a member of the city council of Basin. In 1910 he was appointed postmaster under President Taft and served for four and a half years. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all of the chairs in the local lodge. He is also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is actuated in all that he does by a spirit of enterprise and progress that never stops short of the successful accomplishment of his purpose.