|JAMES G. REYNOLDS.|
James G. Reynolds is numbered among the progressive and
alert business men of Lincoln county whose efforts are constituting a
substantial factor in the continued growth and development of
Cokeville, where as a member of the Reynolds, Smalley & Larson
Company he is engaged in general merchandising. Almost the width of
the continent separates him from his birthplace.
He was born at Smyrna, Delaware, October 23, 1863, and comes of English ancestry, the family having been founded in America by John Reynolds, who crossed the Atlantic prior to the Revolutionary war. Representatives of the name participated in the struggle for independence and thus aided in founding the American republic. From colonial days the family has been represented in Delaware, of which state Andrew C. Reynolds, father of James G. Reynolds, was a native. During his early life he engaged in educational work there for about six years and during the last six years of his life he devoted his attention to the mercantile business. He passed away in 1870, when but thirty-seven years of age. His wife bore the maiden name of Sarah Cheffins. She, too, was a native of Delaware and belonged to one of the old families of that state, her ancestors having been among the early New England settlers. The Cheffins family was also represented in the Revolutionary war and in the War of 1812, Major James Cheffins winning his title by active service in defense of colonial interests in the Revolutionary war. Mrs. Reynolds, who was born in March, 1842, is still living and now makes her home in Warwick, Maryland. She has been married twice, for following the death of Mr. Reynolds she became the wife of Israel Gunkle, of Pennsylvania. By her first marriage she had four children, while two have been born of the second marriage.
James G. Reynolds was educated in the public schools of Warwick, Maryland, and started out to earn his livelihood when sixteen years of age. He was first employed as a clerk in a general store in Warwick and later secured a position in connection with a commission business at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he remained for a year. He then returned to his home and was employed by his step-father in the mercantile business. Later he removed to Middletown, Delaware, where he engaged in clerking, and at a subsequent period he again became a resident of Philadelphia, where he was connected with the firm of Strawbridge & Clothier for fifteen years, having charge of the dress goods department in their establishment. In 1900 he came to the west and first located in Greeley, Colorado, where he remained for nine years, being there employed by the Great Western Sugar Company. On the 29th of December, 1911, he arrived in Wyoming, making his way direct to Cokeville, where he entered the employ of Cosgriff Brothers & Company, with whom he continued for five years. In February, 1916, the Cosgraf brothers retired from business and in May, 1916, Mr. Reynolds established a retail grocery business, in which success attended his efforts from the beginning. In March, 1917, the business was incorporated and enlarged, B. H. Smalley and J. A. Larson becoming members of the firm at that time. their interests are conducted under the name of the Reynolds, Smalley & Larson Company, with Mr. Reynolds as the secretary and treasurer, Mr. Smalley as the president and Mr. Larson the vice president of the company. I heir interests are carefully directed and business enterprise has brought to them a substantial measure of success. They have a well appointed store, carrying a large and well assorted line of goods, which secures for them a liberal patronage. The house maintains an unassailable reputation for integrity, and their interests are conducted according to the most advanced commercial standards.
In Middletown, Newcastle county, Delaware, Mr. Reynolds was married to Miss Frances L. Price and that she is a representative of one of the oldest families of the east is indicated in the fact that she now holds membership with the Daughters of the American Revolution. The Price family is of English lineage and was established in Delaware at an early period in the colonization of that state. Mrs. Reynolds was born in Delaware, her parents being John and Mary E. (Gillespie) Price. By her marriage she has become the mother of two children: James Price, who was born in Philadelphia, February 16, 1892, and is now employed by the Great Western Sugar Company at Bayard, Nebraska; and Mary Frances, who was born in Philadelphia, August, 1893, and is at home with her parents.
Politically Mr. Reynolds is an earnest republican. He has membership with the Woodmen of the World at Greeley, Colorado, and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Episcopal church, in which he is serving as treasurer and as one of its trustees. He is also a member of the school board and he is equally interested in political and civic matters which have to do with the upbuilding and progress of his adopted county. He is a firm believer in Wyoming and its future and does everything in his power to advance the welfare of community and of state. His career is illustrative of the possibilities here offered in a business way. Mr. Reynolds started out in life a poor boy, but has never feared to venture where favoring opportunity led the way. He is fortunate in that he possesses character and ability that inspire confidence in others and the simple weight of his character and ability has carried him into important commercial relations.