William R. Grier, secretary and treasurer of the Grier Lumber Company of Cheyenne, was born in Peoria, Illinois, on the 23d of October, 1869, and is a son of D. P. and Anna ( McKinney) Grier. The father, who was long engaged in the grain business, was known as General Grier, having won his title by active service as a volunteer in the Civil war. He had joined the army during the early period of hostilities between the north and the south and was made colonel of the Seventy-seventh Infantry. Later he won promotion to the rank of brigadier general in the Thirteenth Army Corps. His last days were passed in St. Louis, where he departed this life in 1891, and his widow, surviving him, is yet making her home in St. Louis. They had a family of five sons and two daughters, of whom William R. was the third in order of birth. The oldest of the family is now deceased.
    William R. Grier pursued his education in the public schools of St. Louis, in the Washington University and in Smith Academy. He pursued all branches of manual training and was graduated from the manual training school. He afterward spent a short time with an engineering corps in Kansas and in 1889 he removed westward to Denver, since which time he has made his home in the western country. He spent some time at Cripple Creek, Colorado, and later removed to Cheyenne, since which date he has been located here, controlling his wide interests. He makes his home in Cheyenne and is well known in the business circles of this city as the secretary and treasurer of the Grier Lumber Company. He is a man of keen sagacity and unfaltering enterprise and has readily recognized opportunities for judicious investment along business lines. His interests have thus been broad and he has carried forward to successful completion whatever he has undertaken. He brooks no obstacles that can be overcome by persistent and earnest effort, and his indomitable energy and enterprise have brought about the successful fulfillment uf his plans.
    On the 6th of May, 1896, Mr. Grier was united in marriage to Miss Mary Stewart, of Denver, and their children are: Ralph Stewart, who is receiving teller in the First National Bank of Cheyenne; Margaret, who is a high school graduate and is now a student in the Denver University; Mary E.; Susan H.; and Anna McKinney.
    The religious faith of the family is that of the Presbyterian church. In social circles they occupy an enviable position and the hospitality of their home is greatly enjoyed by their many friends in Cheyenne. Mr. Grier is a republican in his political views and fraternally he is well known, being connected with the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Hoo Hoos,* a prominent lumber organization. In 1917 Mr. Grier was president of the Mountain States Lumber Dealers' Association, an organization which has been in existence for about sixteen years, and he was the first president ever elected from Wyoming. He feels that he has made no mistake in turning his attention to the west and directing his efforts in the midst of its activities. As the years have gone on he has steadily progressed and each forward step has brought him a broader outlook and wider opportunities.

*     The International Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo, Incorporated is a fraternal and service organization whose members are involved in the forests products industry. Hoo-Hoo has members in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa. Hoo-Hoo was founded in 1892 in Gurdon, Arkansas, USA by five business travelers returning from a meeting of the Arkansas Yellow Pine Manufacturer's Association who had to wait several hours for their connecting train, and who were joined by a local businessman. The first name suggested for the new organization was Ancient Order of Camp Followers, but the name Concatenated Order of Hoo-Hoo was selected instead.
    The founders wanted the organization to be unconventional and unregimented. Its one aim would be "to foster the health, happiness, and long life of its members". In a spirit of fun, names for some of the officers were inspired by Lewis Carroll's The Hunting of the Snark. The chief executive officer of Hoo-Hoo is the Snark of the Universe (formerly the Grand Snark of the Universe). The Board of Directors includes the Chairman, Vice-President, Secretary-Treasurer, the Seer of the House of Ancients, and the Supreme Nines. The Supreme Nines include the Supreme Hoo-Hoo, Senior Hoo-Hoo, Junior Hoo-Hoo, Scrivenoter, Bojum, Jabberwock, Custocatian, Arcanoper and Gurdon. The Hoo-Hoo emblem is a black cat with its tail curled into the shape of a figure nine

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