|HARRY E. McFARLAND.|
Harry E. McFarland, well known in the business circles
of Rawlins, where he is conducting a grocery store, was born in
Franklin, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1873, a son of W. W. and Mary E. (Phelps) McFarland, who
were also natives of the Keystone state, where they resided until
1887 and then removed westward to Wyoming, settling in Rawlins, where
the father passed away in 1892. The mother, however, survives and is
yet making her home in Rawlins.
Harry E. McFarland was the eldest in their family of three children and was a youth of but fourteen years when the family home was established in Rawlins, where he continued his education, begun in the schools of his native state, in the public and high schools of this city, being graduated with the class of 1889. He then accepted a clerical position with the Union Pacific Railway Company, with which he remained for four years, and for ten years he was employed along grocery lines. Ambitious to engage in business on his own account during that period, he carefully saved his earnings until his industry and economy had brought him sufficient capital to enable him to establish a store, which he did in 1905. In the intervening period of thirteen years his trade has grown to large proportions and he is now proprietor of one of the leading grocery establishments of the city, carrying a large and carefully selected stock of staple and fancy groceries, while his reasonable prices and honorable business methods have been the basis of his constantly growing trade.
On November 22, 1905, in Pocatello, Idaho, Mr. McFarland was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Shaw and they have become the parents of two children, Harry E., born July 13, 1908, and Margaret J. Mr. McFarland is a Mason and exemplifies in his life the beneficent spirit and purpose of the craft. Politically he maintains an independent course, but while not an active politician he is a most public-spirited citizen and cooperates heartily in all well devised plans and measures for the public good. He has prospered in his business undertakings by reason of his indefatigable energy, persistency of purpose and honorable dealing and, making judicious investment of his earnings, is today the owner of considerable property in this section of the state. Moreover, he is a valued resident of Rawlins, where for more than three decades he has made his home and has therefore witnessed much of its growth and development.