Several business institutions have profited by the
attention of John Sedgwick, whose enterprise has been manifest along
various lines, all of which have constituted sources of public
progress and prosperity as well as of individual success. He is now
widely known as the president of the Weston County Bank of Newcastle.
He was born in England on the 20th of January, 1870, and is a son of
John and Alice (Wilkinson) Sedgwick, who came to the United States in
1889 and made their way direct to the west, arriving in Cheyenne,
Wyoming, on the 5th of November of that year. Their first location
was on a ranch east of Cheyenne and about 1893 they removed to
Colorado, settling near Grover, in Weld county, where they have since
remained. The father was engaged in the cattle business during his
active life but is now living retired.
John Sedgwick acquired a grammar school education in England and was a youth of nineteen years when he crossed the Atlantic to the new world with his parents. After his arrival on this side of the water he worked as a ranch hand for two years and on the expiration of that period went to Rock Springs, Wyoming, where he engaged in the meat business, having previously learned the butcher's trade in England. He was successful in the undertaking, with which he was identified in Rock Springs for eight years. He then sold his business and engaged in the sheep and wool trade, raising large flocks of sheep and selling a large amount of wool annually. In 1904 he trailed his sheep up into Weston county and ranged them within its borders until 1910, when he disposed of his flock and retired from active connection with sheep raising. He then purchased the Weston County Bank and in the intervening period of seven years to the present time the volume of the bank's business has been increased more than fourfold and the bank has become one of the leading financial institutions of the northeastern part of the state. Mr. Sedgwick also has extensive ranch holdings and is president and treasurer of the Sedgwick Land & Live Stock Company, Inc., of Niobrara, and also owns the Diamond D ranch in Weston county, controlling eighteen hundred acres, which he operates as a cattle ranch. He also established himself in the automobile business in Newcastle in 1910, conducting the Sedgwick Garage, and he has the agency for the Reo and the Olds cars. His business along all these lines has steadily increased and his persistency of purpose, his sound purpose and his indefatigable energy have brought to him a measure of success that is most gratifying.
In 1894 Mr. Sedgwick was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Lewis, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and to them have been born five children. David L.. who is an expert electrical and mechanical engineer, conducts his father's garage. Alice, who for two years attended Brownell Hall at Omaha, Nebraska, is now a student in her junior year in the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. John H. is a student in the Leland Stanford University of California. Henry L. is attending the Newcastle high school, and Dorothy D. is still a student in the grades.
Mr. Sedgwick is a republican in politics and has twice served as mayor of Newcastle and is a member of the present school board. He belongs to the Newcastle Commercial Club and cooperates heartily in all of its well defined plans and measures for the public good. Fraternally he is identified with Newcastle Lodge, No. 13, A. F. & A. M.; also with Wyoming Consistory, No. 1, A. & A. S. R., of Cheyenne, and with Kalif Temple, A. A. 0. N. M. S., of Sheridan, while he and his wife have memberships in Newcastle Chapter, No. 30, 0. E. S., of which he is past patron. He and his family are communicants of the Episcopal church and are people of genuine worth, occupying an enviable position in those social circles where character and intelligence are received as passports into good society.
His business record is most commendable. Coming to the new world in young manhood with his parents, he started out in life emptyhanded and has steadily worked his way upward, allowing- no obstacles or difficulties to bar his path if they could be overcome by persistent and honorable effort. He has constantly watched for opportunities pointing to success and, readily utilizing these opporturiities, has made for himself a most creditable position in financial and agricultural circles.