JAMES BLACKHALL.
  
JAMES BLACKHALL.
James Blackhall, who is supervisor over the Hayden National Forest, with headquarters at Encampment, has been identified with western interests and development for a quarter of a century. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, January 24, 1874, and is the eldest of a family of seven children whose parents were James and Louisa (Chalmers) Blackhall. The father, now deceased, crossed the Atlantic from Scotland to Canada in 1876, taking up his abode at Toronto, where he engaged in merchandising-, winning a fair measure of prosperity in the conduct of his interests. He died in Toronto in 1903, at the age of sixty-two years, and his widow, who is a native of Banff, Scotland. is now making her home with her son James in Encampment.
In the public schools of Toronto. Canada, Tames Blackball began his education. passing through consecutive grades to the high school. He was sixteen years of age when he made his initial step in the business world as a clerk in connection with a brokerage firm. He afterward followed mercantile pursuits for three years, and in 1893 he emigrated to the west, believing that he might have better opportunities in this new but great and growing section of the country. He located in the Platte valley, where he engaged in stock raising, taking up a homestead adjoining the city of Encampment. He continued to follow ranching until 1902, when he entered the forest service, in which he has since continued actively, and he is now holding a responsible position as supervisor James Blackhall, who is supervisor over the Hayden National Forest, with headquarters at Encampment, has been identified with western interests and development for a quarter of a century. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, January 24, 1874, and is the eldest of a family of seven children whose parents were James and Louisa (Chalmers) Blackhall. The father, now deceased, crossed the Atlantic from Scotland to Canada in 1876, taking up his abode at Toronto, where he engaged in merchandising-, winning a fair measure of prosperity in the conduct of his interests. He died in Toronto in 1903, at the age of sixty-two years, and his widow, who is a native of Banff, Scotland. is now making her home with her son James in Encampment.
In the public schools of Toronto. Canada, Tames Blackball began his education. passing through consecutive grades to the high school. He was sixteen years of age when he made his initial step in the business world as a clerk in connection with a brokerage firm. He afterward followed mercantile pursuits for three years, and in 1893 he emigrated to the west, believing that he might have better opportunities in this new but great and growing section of the country. He located in the Platte valley, where he engaged in stock raising, taking up a homestead adjoining the city of Encampment. He continued to follow ranching until 1902, when he entered the forest service, in which he has since continued actively, and he is now holding a responsible position as supervisor of the Hayden National Forest. The duties of the position he capably performs and he is regarded as one of the trusted representatives of the government in this section of the country.
Mr. Blackhall gives his political support to the republican party, of which he has been a stanch advocate since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is connected with Saratoga Camp of the Woodmen of the World. His military record covers service as a member of Torrey's Cavalry Regiment in 1898, and he was mustered out in Florida with the rank of sergeant, the Spanish-American war having been brought to a close. He has ever been loyal in citizenship, standing for progress and improvement in community affairs and also in connection with the general welfare of the nation.of the Hayden National Forest. The duties of the position he capably performs and he is regarded as one of the trusted representatives of the government in this section of the country.
Mr. Blackhall gives his political support to the republican party, of which he has been a stanch advocate since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. Fraternally he is connected with Saratoga Camp of the Woodmen of the World. His military record covers service as a member of Torrey's Cavalry Regiment in 1898, and he was mustered out in Florida with the rank of sergeant, the Spanish-American war having been brought to a close. He has ever been loyal in citizenship, standing for progress and improvement in community affairs and also in connection with the general welfare of the nation.