C. W. Erwin, president of the First National Bank of Worland, has devoted his entire life to this line of business and since taking charge of the First National at Worland has greatly developed its business through the safe but progressive policy which he instituted in its management. He was born in Fairbury, Nebraska, November 26, 1880, a son of Robert and Mary (Hurst) Erwin, both of whom were natives of Iowa, where they were reared and married. They began their domestic life in that state and remained in Iowa for several years following their marriage, seven children being born to them there. In 1878 they removed to a farm near Fairbury, Nebraska, where they resided for twelve years, and then became residents of Lincoln, Nebraska, in order to educate their children in the city schools.
C. W. Erwin became a pupil in the graded schools of Lincoln and afterward attended the Lincoln high school, from which he was graduated with the class of 1899. He next entered the Lincoln University, but after a little more than a year's attendance at the institution he put aside his textbooks in order to enter the banking business, securing a position as messenger in the City National Bank, with which he remained for five years, working his way steadily upward to the position of paying teller. He resigned in order to accept the position of paying teller in the City Savings Bank of Omaha, Nebraska, where he remained for two years. He was then appointed state bank examiner of Nebraska, occupying that position for five years, and during the last two years of the period he also filled the position of cashier of the Farmers & Merchants Bank of Benson, Nebraska. He resigned both positions, however, in 1910, when he was elected cashier of the Corn Exchange National Bank of Omaha, which he thus represented for two years, when he resigned in order to become a factor in the development and management of the First National Bank of Worland, Wyoming. He purchased the controlling interest in this institution and was made cashier. On the 1st of January, 1917, he was elected to the presidency. When he took charge, in 5912, the financial policy of the bank was closely studied by him with a view to making improvements and developing the business, which at that time amounted to about eighty thousand dollars annually. Today the bank's business reaches a total of six hundred and twenty-two thousand six hundred and eighty-two dollars, which speaks well for the policy and plans inaugurated by Mr. Erwin. In 1913 a modern bank building was erected, which now houses the interests of the bank and is splendidly equipped to safeguard the institution. Mr. Erwin has made for himself a most creditable position among the well known and honored bankers of Wyoming and he is a member of the State Bankers' Association.
On the 17th of July, 1904, Mr. Erwin was united in marriage to Miss Mathilda Skyberg, of Luverne. Minnesota, and they have become parents of two daughters, Ruth A. and Virginia.
Mr. Erwin belongs to Cloud Peak Lodge, No. 27, A. F. & A. M.. of Worland, and has attained the Knight Templar degree in the commandery at Thermopolis and the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite in Wyoming Consistory, No. 1, A. & A. S. R., of Cheyenne. He also belongs to Kalif Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., of Sheridan, and both he and his wife are identified with the local chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Mr. Erwin was instrumental in reorganizing the Alfalfa Club of Washakie county, of which he became the first president. This organization was formed primarily for the purpose of securing the location of the State Industrial School in Washakie county. The campaign carried on by this body of live men not only accomplished its purpose of securing the institution but drew public attention in large measure to Washakie county, its possibilities and its opportunities, and made the Alfalfa Club the most widely known organization in the state. Mr. Erwin is actuated in all that he does by a most progressive public spirit that recognizes and utilizes opportunities and that labors not alone for personal profit or personal aggrandizement but looks beyond those things to the interests and welfare of the general public.