|E. MARION WILLIS.|
E. Marion Willis is one of the prominent men of Cowley,
where he is engaged in the sheep industry and is also connected with
banking and mercantile interests in the town. He is likewise
president and manager of the Cowley Gas Company and thus the nature,
extent and variety of his interests make him a leading figure in
connection with the upbuilding and development of the district in
which he lives. A native of Arizona, he was born on the 5th of May,
1886, a son of L. J. and Artie (Stratton) Willis, who came to Wyoming
in 1900 and are now residing in Cowley, where the father is engaged
in the development of oil properties and in the contracting business.
E. Marion Willis was educated in the schools of Salt Lake City, Utah, and was graduated from the Latter-Day Saints Business College of Salt Lake City as a member of the class of 1910. Following his graduation he returned to Cowley and was made manager of the Crosby Trading Company. During the seven years he managed the business, his efforts proved of the utmost satisfaction to those whom he represented, but at length he resigned his position to give his entire attention to the sheep industry. He is operating extensively as one of the prominent sheep men of this section of the state and his efforts in that direction have brought substantial success. He was also one of the organizers of the Cowley State Bank in 1915 and remains one of its stockholders. He organized the Cowley Gas Company in November, 1917, a company that developed a plant that furnishes the natural gas for the heating of the town. Of this company he is president and manager. He also owns extensive and valuable oil interests in the state and is one of the foremost citizens of Cowley.
In 1908 Mr. Willis was united in marriage to Miss Marion Crosby, a daughter of Jesse W. Crosby, Jr., formerly of Cowley but now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Willis have become parents of three children: Crosby, Jesse and Rex.
In politics Mr. Willis is a republican and was a delegate to the state convention in 1916, which elected delegates to the national, republican convention held in Chicago. He and his wife are members of the Mormon church. They are widely and favorably known in Cowley and throughout the surrounding country and enjoy the warm regard and friendship of many. Mr. Willis has indeed made for himself a creditable position in business circles. Starting out in life with little assistance, he has through judicious investment, through indefatigable energy and persistency of purpose reached the creditable place which he now occupies as one of the most forceful, resourceful, prominent, successful and reliable business men of his section of the state.