|J. D. SUMNER.|
Among the business interests which center at Glenrock is
that owned and conducted by J. D. Sumner, who is a progressive
merchant, carrying a large and well selected stock of goods, for
which he finds a ready sale, his business methods being such as will
bear the closest investigation and scrutiny and which measure up to
the highest standards of commercial ethics. Mr. Sumner has resided in
Wyoming for forty years, having been a young man of twenty-two when
he came to the state, since which time he has been connected with the
development and upbuilding of this section of the country. He was
born in Iowa, March 15, 1857, his parents being Levi and Mary Sumner,
who were natives of Indiana and went to Iowa at an early day. There
they continued to reside until called to the home beyond. Their
family numbered ten children.
J. D. Sumner was reared and educated in the Hawkeye state, receiving such educational training as the public schools afforded. He went to South Dakota in 1877, when a young man of twenty years, and there remained until 1879, when he came to Wyoming. He has since remained in this section of the state. In 1897 he established a saloon business in Glenrock and afterward became connected with general mercantile interests and is now active along that line. He carries a well selected stock and his business has been steadily growing.
In 1898 Mr. Sumner was married to Miss Lizzie H. Kimball and to them has been born a daughter, Ozra K., who is now a student in a convent at Cheyenne, Wyoming.
In politics Mr. Sumner is a republican and has served as a member of the city council of Glenrock. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons, having membership in Glenrock Lodge, No. 22, F. & A. M., in which he has filled some of the chairs. He votes with the republican party and has served as a member of the city council. As the years have passed he has become the owner of large holdings in real estate in Converse county. He is justly accounted one of the pioneer settlers of Wyoming, for through four decades he has lived here. People of the present period can scarcely realize the hardships and dangers which attended the early settlers, the heroism and self-sacrifice of lives passed upon the borders of civilization, the hardships endured, the difficulties overcome. The tales of the early days read almost like a romance to those who have known only modern day prosperity and conveniences. To the pioneer of the early days, far removed from the privileges and conveniences of city and town, the struggle for existence was a stern and hard one and these men and women must have possessed indomitable energy and sterling worth of character as well as marked physical courage when they thus voluntarily selected such a life and successfully fought its battles under such circumstances as prevailed in the northwest. With every phase of pioneer life Mr. Sumner is familiar and his reminiscences of the early days are most interesting. He has lived to witness a remarkable transformation, living to see the time when Wyoming has become the center of all the interests and activities which mark the civilization of the older east.