|ARTHUR A. UNDERWOOD.|
Arthur A. Underwood, florist and landscape gardener for
the Union Pacific Railroad system, with offices and residence at
Cheyenne, was born in Northamptonshire, England, March 4, 1863,
a son of Joseph and Mary (Day) Underwood. The father was a
leather dresser, devoting his entire life to that occupation.
His widow still survives.
Arthur A. Underwood acquired his education in the schools of England and after his textbooks were put aside took up the occupation to which his father devoted his life, learning the business of leather dressing and also of shoe building. He afterward saw fourteen years' service in the British army and at the age of thirty-two years he came to the United States with his family, settling first in Cameron, Nebraska, where he took up his abode in 1895. He afterward spent one year at Wood River, Nebraska, and later removed to Alma, that state. At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war in 1898 he responded to the call of his adopted country for military aid and joined a company raised at Alma, which became a member of the Third Regiment of Nebraska Volunteers under Colonel William Jennings Bryan, Mr. Underwood being made captain of Company I. After the close of hostilities with Spain he returned to Nebraska and then removed to Woodruff, Kansas, where he engaged in the lumber business. The venture there proved unprofitable and he removed to Alliance, Nebraska, where he engaged in railroad service for the Burlington & Missouri Railroad Company. He afterward entered the employ of the Union Pacific at Rock Springs as yard foreman and on the 4th of July, 1902, went to Cheyenne, remaining in the employ of the railroad company until about three and a half years ago, when he embarked in business on his own account as a florist. He has since been actively engaged in this line and is now florist and landscape gardener for the Union Pacific Railroad system, planning the improvement of the grounds which lie along the railroad stations of the line throughout this section of the country. He has marked ability in this direction and since entering upon his present line has made good, both in a financial way and also from the artistic standpoint.
On the 15th of July, 1883, Mr. Underwood was united in marriage to Miss Susan Cobb and to them have been born four daughters and two sons: Gertrude; Daisy W., the wife of F. Agnew, of Fullerton, Nebraska; Lilly C. M.; Emily; and Samuel A., who enlisted in the Hospital Corps. One son is deceased.
Fraternally Mr. Underwood maintains connections with the Masons, having taken the degrees of lodge, chapter and Eastern Star. He is also connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Brotherhood of America, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is likewise a member of the Industrial Club. In politics he maintains an independent attitude, regarding the capability of the candidate rather than his party affiliation. Mr. Underwood holds membership with the United Spanish War Veterans. He enjoys rifle shooting as a source of recreation and in his business career he has ever displayed unfaltering energy and ready adaptability as his salient characteristics. By reason of those qualities he has worked his way upward and is now at the head of a substantial business in Cheyenne.