|HASKELL S. JOLLEY.|
Haskell S. Jolley is one of the most prominent cattle
men of Bighorn county and is also active in business circles as a
director of the First National Bank of Lovell. He has likewise been
one of the most conspicuous figures in the development of the
Lovell irrigation district and of this immediate section of the Big
Horn basin. The nature and-breadth of his activities therefore render
him one of the most valued citizens of northwestern Wyoming. He was
born in Utah county, Utah, on the 17th of May, 1861, a son of Henry
B. M. and Cynthia A. (Shurtliff) Jolley, the former a native of North
Carolina, while the latter was born in Massachusetts. They were
married, however, in Utah and both have now passed away. The father
devoted his life to farming and cattle raising.
Haskell S. Jolley was educated in the common schools of his native state and while still a youth in his teens he worked on the range and managed his father's cattle, receiving a share of the increase in the herds. At the age of twenty years he was married. He continued in the cattle business in Utah until 1900, when he made his way to Bighorn county, where he acquired twelve hundred acres of land, all of which is now under irrigation. He purchased the land on which Lovell is now located, and laid out the town in 1901. Recognizing the possibilities for development in this section of the state, he has put forth earnest effort along lines which have led to permanent progress and improvement and as a business man he has contributed in very substantial manner to the growth and development of this region. Aside from his other interests he is engaged in beet farming and he is well known as a prominent cattle man, engaged in raising and feeding cattle, having extensive herds in Bighorn county and there carrying on business on a big scale.
On the 19th of October, 1881, Mr. Jolley was united in marriage to Miss Effie S. Leithead and to them were born eight children, five of whom are living: Lomand L.. Merrill A., Leila, Jeana H. and Harold L., all at home.
Mr. Jolley is a member of the Mormon church and for eleven years after coming to Lovell served as bishop of the church. In politics he is a stalwart republican and was county commissioner for Kane county, Utah, for several years. While never an aspirant for public preferment, since his removal to Wyoming he has been a dominant factor in the councils of his party and is widely recognized as one of the most prominent citizens of Bighorn county. He belongs to the Commercial Club and he has been active in all of its well defined plans for the further development of this section of the state.
His individual efforts, too, have contributed in marked measure to general progress and improvement. It was Mr. Jolley who organized the company that built the Lovell ditch, which irrigates some sixteen thousand acres of the Lovell district. In fact he has been a dominant factor in all irrigation development work of this immediate section. He was likewise one of the leading contractors in the building of the railroad from Billings to Basin and subsequently he secured contracts and built about three hundred miles of the railroad fence. He has splendid powers of organization and the ability to combine seemingly diverse interests into a unified and harmonious whole.
There is probably no man in all this section of the state who has contributed in larger or more substantial manner to its growth and upbuilding. Recognizing its possibilities, he has directed his labors along lines that have been most beneficial and resultant, and his sound judgment has enabled him to readily discriminate between the essential and the non-essential in all personal business matters and in all those things which have to do with the public welfare.