|H. C. STEVENS.|
H. C. Stevens, one of the proprietors of the New York
Store at Sheridan and a wide-awake, alert and energetic business man,
was born in Wisconsin, October 31, 1870, a son of William and Emily
(Dewitt) Stevens. The father was a native of England, while the
mother's birth occurred in Ohio, and both have now departed this
life. They reared a family of three children, all of whom are living.
H. C. Stevens spent the days of his boyhood and youth in Wisconsin and was twenty years of age when in 1890 he severed home ties and went to the west, with Colorado as his destination. He resided in that state for five years and in 1895 came to Sheridan, Wyoming, where he has since been identified with mercantile interests, becoming proprietor of what is known as the New York Store. He afterward sold a half interest in the business to H. E. Fryberger, who has been associated with him since 1902. They have developed the largest department store in this section of the state, enjoying a very extensive and profitable trade owing to their wise purchases. their capable management and their earnest desire to please their patrons. Mr. Stevens is also a director of the First National Bank of Sheridan and is interested in an extensive ranch on which he handles stock. His business interests are carefully managed, his investments judiciously made and his success is the direct outcome of his perseverance and energy.
In 1894 Mr. Stevens was united in marriage to Miss Lucy A. Rhode, a native of Iowa, and to them have been born three children: Bernice, who is a graduate of the high school of Sheridan and also of Ferry Hall, a most excellent school situated at Lake Forest, Illinois; Winifred, who is also a high school graduate; and Raymond A.
The parents are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church, in which Mr. Stevens is serving as one of the trustees, a position which he has occupied for a number of years. They are most actively and helpfully interested in the church work and do all in their power to further its progress. Mr. Stevens votes with the republican party and has served as a member of the school board in Sheridan for several years. He has also attained high rank in Masonry and is now a member of the Mystic Shrine. His interest in community affairs is of that character which contributes to public progress and improvement. He is a man of genuine worth, actuated by a laudable ambition in business but never so wrapped up in business affairs as to preclude the possibility of his cooperation in plans and measures which should receive the support of every public-spirited and progressive citizen.