|H. L. SIMS.|
H. L. Sims, who for the past two decades has been
prominently identified with the live stock industry in Crook county
as a raiser of cattle and horses, makes his home at Mona and has
filled the office of justice of the peace since 19o2. His birth
occurred in Dubuque county Iowa, on the 9th of September, 1860, his
parents being James and Malinda (Sutherland) Sims, the former a
native of New York, while the latter was born in Indiana. In
childhood they accompanied their respective parents to Dubuque
county, Iowa, and it was there that their marriage was celebrated.
James Sims was identified with milling interests in young manhood but
devoted the last thirty years of his life to general agricultural
pursuits. He passed away in Dubuque county in 1900.
H. L. Sims acquired his education in the city schools of Dubuque and after putting aside his textbooks assisted his father in the cultivation of the home farm, being thus engaged until 1887. He then made his way to Winona, Minnesota, where for about a year he was employed in the office of the Winona Milling Company, while subsequently he spent a short time in the office of a coal company at Dubuque, Iowa. Returning home, he resumed the work of the fields as assistant to his father, but in the year 1892 he heard’ and heeded the call of the west and removed to Greeley, Colorado. There he was variously employed working at farm labor, on an ice wagon, with a threshing outfit and on the county roads. In 1895 he came to Wyoming and through the succeeding three years acted as clerk in a general store. In 1898 he took up a homestead claim in Crook county, locating at what is now Mona, and turned his attention to the raising of horses and cattle, in which he has been continuously and successfully engaged to the present time, being now widely recognized as one of the representative and enterprising stockmen of the county.
in April, 1901, in Dubuque county, Iowa, Mr. Sims was united in marriage to Miss Hannah Rienks. He gives his political allegiance to the republican party and in 1902 was elected justice of the peace at Mona, which office he has held continuously through the intervening sixteen years, making a most excellent record by the faithful, fair and impartial manner in which he discharges his duties. For the past nine years he has also served as clerk of school district No. 2, while his wife was appointed to the position of postmaster at Mona in 1909 and has since filled the office in a most creditable and acceptable manner. Fraternally he is identified with Greeley Camp, No. 6, W. 0. W., and with Greeley Lodge, No. 31, K. P., of Greeley, Colorado, being past chancellor of the latter. He enjoys an extensive acquaintance in his part of the state and is held in high esteem as a progressive and enterprising business man, an able public official and a faithful friend.