J. P. FOWLSTON.
  
J. P. FOWLSTON.
J. P. Fowlston, a dealer in lumber and builders' hardware and one of the foremost business men of Gillette, was born in Henry county, Missouri, on the 26th of December, 1877. He is a son of Ansel and Keziah (McVey) Fowlston, the former a native of the state of New York, while the latter was born in Illinois. They were married, however, in Missouri and continued their residence in that state until 1882, when they removed to western Kansas, where both passed away.
J. P. Fowlston acquired a common school education and in young manhood left his Kansas home to become a resident of Colorado, where he spent some time and then resided for two years in New Mexico and Nebraska, and for about six or seven years in Colorado. In 1906 he arrived in Gillette, Wyoming, and in 1915 established the lumber business with which he has since been identified, building up a substantial trade in this connection. He has a well equipped lumberyard and his enterprise and business methods have secured to him substantial success as the years have passed, his patronage steadily increasing. He gives close attention to his business, carefully watching all the details pointing to success, and his energy and persistency of purpose have constituted the safe foundation upon which he has developed his interests.
In 1905 Mr. Fowlston was married to Miss Olive Abrahamson, of Las Animas, Colorado, and to them has been born a son, Earl Platt.
Mr. Fowlston votes with the republican party, which he has supported since attaining his majority, and in 1916 he was elected mayor of Gillette after having previously served as a member of the town council. In both offices he has proven capable and loyal to the best interests of the community and his efforts in behalf of public welfare have been farreaching and beneficial. Mrs. Fowlston is a member of the Lutheran church but in the absence of a church of that denomination she worships at the Episcopal church. Both are well known in Gillette, where the hospitality of the best homes is freely accorded them, and the good cheer of their own fireside is greatly enjoyed by those with whom they have been brought in contact. Mr. Fowlston has gradually worked his way upward from a humble position in the business world, wisely utilizing his time, talents and opportunities, and as the years have passed he has gained a substantial position as a representative business man whose diligence and perseverance have been crowned with prosperity.