|J. E. FORD.|
J. E. Ford, who since the 1st of January, 1915, has
served as cashier of the Citizens Bank at Sundance, is widely
recognized as one of the progressive and representative citizens of
his community. His birth occurred in Freeport, Illinois, on the
20th of March, 1868, his parents being John W. and Maria J.
(Williams) Ford, the former a native of England, while the latter was
born in Iowa. In young manhood John W. Ford crossed the
Atlantic to the United States and established himself in trade as a
dealer in lumber and ice at Freeport, Illinois, winning a prominent
position in the business circles of that place. He removed to
Deadwood, South Dakota, during the period of the gold excitement
there and built a stamp mill in Spruce Gulch. His remaining days were
spent in that state, his demise occurring in February, 1915, and his
widow still makes her home in Deadwood.
J. E. Ford was graduated from the Deadwood high school with the class of 1887 and following the completion of his studies identified himself with the banking business as an employe of the Deadwood National Bank, acting as collector and bookkeeper. When this was succeeded by the American National Bank he continued with the new institution and eventually won promotion to the position of assistant cashier, acting in that capacity until 1905, when the American National was merged with the First National Bank. He then made his way to Mexico, where for five years he was connected with a mining company. After returning to the States in 1910 he spent three years in California. and at the end of that time came to Wyoming, establishing his home in Sundance, where on the 10th of May, 1913, he accepted the position of assistant cashier of the Citizens Bank. On the 1st of January, 1915, he was elected cashier of the institution, in which capacity he has served to the present time, his efficiency and popularity having contributed in no small degree to the continued growth and prosperity of the bank.
In July, 1901, Mr. Ford was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Wringrose, of Deadwood, South Dakota. Fraternally he is identified with Deadwood Lodge of the Knights of Pythias and his wife is a consistent and loyal member of the Episcopal church. They are well known and highly esteemed throughout the community in which they reside and have an extensive circle of warm friends.