|JAY K. STODDARD.|
Jay K. Stoddard, filling the position of county
treasurer of Laramie county, was born in Pella, Iowa. on the 12th of
July, 1882, a son of Ira J. and Anna (Keables) Stoddard. The father
is still practicing as a civil engineer, but the mother has been dead
for several years. In the family were four children, three sons and a
daughter, of whom Jay K. Stoddard is the second in order of birth.
He acquired a public school education and also attended a business college, but his life's lessons have largely been learned in the school of experience. He was engaged in farm work until nineteen years of age, and in February, 1906, he came to Wyoming, where he was employed by the Union Pacific Railroad Company until he accepted the position of deputy county clerk of Laramie county, serving in that capacity for four years. He was afterward appointed deputy county assessor and so continued for four years. In 1916 he was elected county treasurer, entering upon his duties in January, 1917, to serve for a two years' term.
On the 22d of July: 1908, Mr. Stoddard was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Kitzman, of South Dakota. His religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church and fraternally he is connected with the Woodmen of the World. He also belongs to the Industrial Club and cooperates heartily in all of its well defined plans and projects for the public good. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he has been an active worker in its ranks.
His career is illustrative of the fact that when in the battle of life the city boy crosses swords with the country lad the odds are against him. The early rising, the daily tasks, the economical habits of the country boy prepare him for the struggle that must precede ascendancy. The early training of Jay K. Stoddard was that of the farm, and the habits of industry and close application which he early developed have constituted the foundation of his steady progress. He has made good use of his time, his talents and his opportunities. He is now one of the homesteaders of Wyoming and he is doing everything in his power not only to advance his individual interests, but to promote the welfare of the state.