|GEORGE D. McDONALD.|
George D. McDonald is proprietor of one of the well
appointed general mercantile establishments at Glenrock. He is
also interested in ranching and in the development of the oil fields
of the state and his business affairs have at all times been wisely
and carefully conducted, bringing to him a substantial measure of
success. His investments have ever been wisely placed and what he has
undertaken has given him rank with the representative men of Wyoming.
He was born in Iowa on the 10th of May, 1870, and is a son of George
H. and Martha (Merritt) McDonald, the former a native of Canada,
while the latter was born in Dubuque, Iowa. They became the parents
of two children, the elder being Anna, now the wife of A. 0. Catlin,
a resident of Warsaw, Indiana, where he is engaged in the banking
business. The father has now departed this life but the mother is
still living and makes her home in Glenrock.
Through the period of his boyhood and youth George D. McDonald continued his residence in Iowa and began his education in the public schools, while later he pursued a Course in Cornell College in that state. He was a young man of twenty-five years when in 1895 he decided to try his fortune in Wyoming and made his way to Glenrock. For a time he was employed as office man by the Deer Creek Coal Company and later was made manager of the business, continuing active along that line for about four years. He then turned his attention to merchandising, in which he is still engaged. and today has one of the well appointed general mercantile establishments of Glenrock, carrying a well assorted line of goods, while his business methods commend him to the patronage and continued support of the public. He has ever recognized the fact that satisfied patrons are the best advertisement and has therefore put forth every possible effort to please his customers. He is also interested in oil lands and in oil stock in the Big Muddy oil fields.
In 1901 Mr. McDonald was married to Miss Mattie Knight, who was born in Ogle county, Illinois, and they have become the parents of four children, George D., Madeline, Bessie K. and Annie Laurie. Mrs. McDonald is a member of the Congregational church and both are interested in those forces which work for the uplift of the individual and the benefit of the community at large.
Mr. McDonald has membership with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of Pythias fraternity. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he is now serving as city treasurer of Glenrock. Not only has Mr. McDonald seen this section of Wyoming grow from a wild country with only a few white inhabitants to a rich agricultural district containing thousands of good homes and acres of growing towns inhabited by an industrious, prosperous, enlightened and progressive people, but he has also participated in and assisted the slow, persistent work of development which was necessary to produce a change that is so complete that it has come to be popularly referred to as magical.