|JOHN EDWARD HARTMAN.|
John Edward Hartman, of Laramie, the founder, and for
years the president and manager of the Pacific Market Company in that
city, is one of .the leading and well known citizens of southern
Wyoming. He was born in Morgan county, Ohio, October 21,
1867, and was reared in Licking county, that state. His
parents were John and Susan Hartman, the former a native of
Pennsylvania and the latter of Virginia. The father removed to Ohio
in his childhood days and the mother became a resident of the Buckeye
state in her girlhood. They were married in Ohio and John
Hartman there turned his attention to farming, which he followed for
many years, spending his remaining days there. He passed away in
1913, at the age of seventy-five, and his widow is now a resident of
Newark, Licking county. They were the parents of five children who
are still living: W. C., who makes his home at Newark, Ohio; Charles;
John Edward, who was the third in order of birth; George; and Mrs.
Molly Jones, also living in Newark.
John Edward Hartman is the only one of the family who resides in Wyoming. He attended the schools of Licking county, Ohio, where he acquired a good practical education and then turned his attention to the meat business, with which he has been identified from the age of sixteen years. When a youth of eighteen he determined to try his fortune in the west and made his way to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he secured a position with Hy Kelley. Later he was employed in a meat market near the office of the Inter-Ocean, a newspaper of Cheyenne, there remaining for four years. He next went to Chadron, Nebraska, where he continued in the meat business in connection with Walter Brown and afterward with the firm of Dahlman & Simmons, by whom he was employed for two years. On the expiration of that period he took a trip to the Black Hills, locating in Deadwood, South Dakota, where he was employed in connection with the meat trade for a year. He next came to Laramie, where he arrived in 1892, and after working for a time for others he established a wholesale meat business on his own account, conducting it for two years. In 1895 he organized the Pacific Market Company, Inc., of which he has ever since been president and which he developed to large proportions, making it one of the chief enterprises of this character in southern Wyoming. His business has reached extensive proportions owing to his close application, his careful management, his business sagacity and his unfaltering industry. The Pacific Market Company has for years also been engaged in ranching as growers of cattle and also as speculators, buying and selling in the cattle market. Mr. Hartman has from time to time while residing in Laramie been engaged in various cattle companies or ranch projects. In fact, his business activities have been along these lines almost exclusively. There is no phase of the trade, from the initial purchase of the stock until the cured meats are put upon the market, with which he is not thoroughly familiar. In February, 1918, the Model Market Company succeeded eo the retail portion of the Pacific Market Company, the wholesale department being continued under the old name.
Mr. Hartman was married in Laramie on November 6, 1892, to Miss Lena Hunt, who was born December 3, 1863, in Lafayette county, Wisconsin, and they have become the parents of four children: Clarence Edward, born in Laramie, April 6, 1894, who attended the Laramie schools, after which he was a student at the Kearney Military Academy at Kearney, Nebraska; Walter Homer, born in Laramie, December 6, 1895, who enlisted in June, 1917, in the United States navy and is now in the service; John Arthur, whose birth occurred in Laramie, February 25, 1899, and who is a student at the Culver Military Academy of Culver, Indiana; and Ethel Mary, the only daughter, born June 3, 1903, at Laramie, and attending school in Los Angeles, California.
Mr. Hartman belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church, while his wife holds membership in the Catholic church. He is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and in politics he maintains an independent course, voting for men and measures without regard to party ties. He belongs to the Laramie Chamber of Commerce and is interested in all that has to do with the upbuilding and development of his city, cooperating in all of its well defined plans and projects for the general good. His life record is one which should serve as a source of encouragement and inspiration to others. He started out empty-handed when a youth of sixteen and came to the west when but eighteen years of age. Since that time he has been dependent upon his own resources and whatever he has achieved is the direct reward of his labors. He is today the owner of two excellent markets in Laramie and a large ranch in Wyoming—business enterprises which are the visible evidence of his life of well directed energy and thrift. He has made good use of his time, his talents and his opportunities and has ever based his business actions upon rules which neither seek nor require disguise.