|ALBERT BABBITT BARTLETT.|
With the prescience to foresee what the future held in
store for Wyoming in the development of its oil district, Albert
Babbitt Bartlett has become prominently identified with several
important oil projects. At the same time he is well known as a
representative of the sheep industry and has at different periods
been connected with several irrigation companies. Whatever he
undertakes he carries forward to successful completion, brooking no
obstacles that can be overcome by persistent and earnest effort.
He was born in Wyoming and possesses the spirit of unfaltering enterprise and determination that has characterized the upbuilding of the west. His birth occurred at Fairbank, this state, April 15, 1885. His father, I. S. Bartlett, is prominently known as the author of the History of Wyoming and the family has figured in various ways in connection with the annals of the state. The mother, who bore the maiden name of Mary Eastman, was the first woman in the United States to be voted for as a candidate for the office of United States senator, receiving five votes in the Wyoming legislature in 1891. She has also been regent for the Wyoming Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Her daughter, Miss Edna S. Bartlett, was chosen for the honor to touch the button by which the United States monitor “Wyoming” was launched at San Francisco. This ship is now called the “Cheyenne.”
In the attainment of his education Albert B. Bartlett attended the high school of Cheyenne. from which he was graduated with the class of 1903. He then entered the Missouri School of Mines, in which he pursued a scientific course. winning the degree of Bachelor of Science upon graduation with the class of 1907. He continued as a student there and won the E. M. degree in 1910. Thorough collegiate training therefore qualified him for the responsible and important duties which he has undertaken. In the intervening years he has been associated with mining, civil and irrigation engineering and the value of his service in these directions is widely acknowledged. He was a member of the Bartlett Engineering Company from 1907 until 1915 and he occupied the position of United States deputy surveyor from 1908 until 1913. It was in the year 1907 that he was made United States deputy mineral surveyor and in that position did active and important work until 1914. He surveyed the south boundary and part of the east boundary of the Yellowstone National Park under government contract in 1908 and 1909 and he was one of the engineers for the first street railway of Wyoming, which was built in Cheyenne. In 1915 he was made deputy state engineer of Wyoming, holding that position from the month of March, 1915, until October. 1917, or for a period of two and a half years, when he resigned in order to concentrate his efforts and attention upon the development and promotion of oil projects. He is now oil geologist and as such is associated with a number of the leading companies operating at Casper, Wyoming. He is also secretary and manager of the Kenilworth Sheep Company, running sheep near Douglas, Wyoming, and is one of the directors of the company. He was formerly a director in several irrigation companies and is now concentrating his attention largely upon the development of oil projects, being identified with several companies formed for that purpose.
In December, 1911, Mr. Bartlett delivered a notable address at the National Irrigation Congress, at the Auditorium hotel, Chicago, forcibly condemning the Pinchot “Conservationists” for their policy of strangling western development by advocating withdrawals of public land. This address was published in full by Leslie’s Weekly, in January, 1912, and was copied and favorably commented on by papers throughout the entire west. In April 1914, the secretary of the interior called a meeting of delegates of seventeen western states to consider problems of irrigation, which was held at Denver, Colorado, in the capitol building. At this meeting Mr. Bartlett was made chairman of the Desert Land Act Committee, one of the four main committees, and delivered an address at the closing session of the meeting, advocating more liberal treatment of settlers and other encouragement of western development.
On the 13th of March, 1913, at Patrick Ranch, Wyoming, Mr. Bartlett was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Elizabeth Patrick, a daughter of Ed L. Patrick, a pioneer cattleman of Wyoming, prominently known. Mr. Bartlett is a recognized leader in the ranks of the democratic party in Laramie county and served as secretary of the democratic county central committee in 1916. He has never held office outside the strict path of his profession but is interested in advancing the success of his party because of his firm belief in its principles. He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He likewise belongs to the Men’s Club of the Episcopal church and he has membership in the Congregational church. The chapter on the geology of Wyoming, appearing in this work, comes from the authentic authority and facile pen of Mr. Bartlett. His life has been ruled by high and honorable principles and is crowned with successful results as the outcome of his thorough training, his keen discernment, his business enterprise and his honorable purpose.