|GEORGE W. DOWNER.|
George W. Downer, president of
the Sheridan Iron Works, comes to the west from Monmouth, Illinois,
where his birth occurred on the 8th of May, 1855. He is a son of Ira
and Margaret Downer, the father a native of the state of New York,
while the mother was born in Indiana. It was in the year 1840 that
Ira Downer removed to Illinois, where he took up his abode upon a
farm. and in 1875 he went with his family to Iowa, establishing his
home in Taylor county, where both he and his wife spent their
remaining days. They had a family of three children, all of whom are
George W. Downer was largely reared and educated in Illinois and in 1880 he came to the west, making his way to Colorado, where he lived for a year. He afterward removed to Idaho and still later to Oregon, continuing in those states until 1883, when he came to Sheridan and took up a ranch at Jason which he still owns. He was engaged in the butchering business for fifteen years in Sheridan and then sold his interests in that connection, after which he concentrated his efforts and attention upon the conduct of the Sheridan Iron Works, of which he is now the president. He is likewise a stockholder and one of the directors in the electric light plant at Libby. Montana, and he still owns one hundred and twenty acres of land adjoining his city. He is also interested in several oil fields and his investments have been judiciously made, bringing to him gratifying and well merited success.
In 1897 Mr. Downer was united in marriage to Miss Lena Bruning and to them have been born six children: Harry, who is with the American army; Ruth, who is a student in high school; Margaret, who is in college; Carl; George K.; and Esther.
Mrs. Downer is a member of the Congregational church and the family occupy an attractive social position. Fraternally Mr. Downer is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks His political allegiance is given to the republican party and while he is conversant with the leading questions and issues of the day and gives to his party stalwart support, he does not seek nor desire office. He is not remiss in the duties of citizenship, however, but gives active aid to all well defined plans and measures for the public good, and his activities have brought substantial results in the upbuilding of his community as well as in the advancement of his individual fortunes.