|JAMES V. GOULD.|
James V. Gould, who has been largely instrumental in the
upbuilding of northwestern Wyoming, where he has been closely
associated with general agricultural pursuits and the raising of
live stock, was born in Indiana on the 28th of February, 1858, a son
of Stephen V. and Alameda (House) Gould, who were also natives of the
Hoosier state, where they spent their entire lives.
James V. Gould remained a resident of Indiana until 1881 and was reared upon his father's farm, early becoming familiar with all the duties and labors incident to the cultivation of the fields and the care of the crops. He pursued his education in the public schools near his father's home and afterward gave his attention to farm work until he reached the age of twenty-three years, when in 1881 he left home and took up his abode in Colorado, where for three years he carried on general agricultural pursuits. He then went to southwestern Missouri, where he engaged in farming and also was extensively engaged in raising stock there. He remained in Missouri until 1888, in which year he was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie C. Carr, a native of Iowa but at the time of her marriage a resident of Missouri.
Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Gould removed westward to Wyoming, with the intention of making this state their permanent home. They located on a farm on the Greybull river and at once began to improve and develop a stock raising business. Mr. Gould also engaged in general farming and has increased his landed possessions until his place now comprises four hundred and eighty acres of valuable and productive land. In his farm work he is most practical and energetic and whatever he undertakes he carries forward to successful completion. His energy is unfaltering and he will brook no obstacle that can be overcome by honest and persistent effort.
To Mr. and Mrs. Gould have been born seven children: Claude, Vera G., Viva Grace, Myrtle, Dorothy, Ora and Helen Alameda. The pioneer home of Mr. and Mrs. Gould following their arrival in Wyoming was a little log cabin of two rooms covered with poles and dirt roof, while the floor was also of earth. After the first year, however, improvements were made in the home and as the years have gone by the work of progress has been carried forward and Mr. Gould is now most attractively located in a pleasant home in Basin. He retired from the active management of his farm in 1909 and took up his residence in Basin, although he is still actively engaged in the live stock business. He has contributed in substantial measure to the upbuilding and development of his part of the county. He was one of the men who built the first schoolhouse erected on the Greybull river and the first church within the territory now known as Bighorn county. He also took much interest in building up the industrial and commercial activities of the region, centering his chief interest in live stock, but contributing in many ways to the work of general advancement. He served for several terms as brand commissioner. There is no phase of the development of this section of the state with which he is not familiar, his memory forming a connecting link between the primitive past and the progressive present.