|JOSEPH 0. QUINN.|
Among the profitable business enterprises that
constitute features in the commercial development of Wamsutter is
that conducted under the name of the Cullen Commercial Company, of
which Joseph 0. Quinn is the manager. The success of the
business is largely attributable to his keen discernment, his
enterprise and his sagacity. He was born in Cumberland,
Maryland, November 14, 1864. and is a son of John F. and Mary
(McGarrity) Quinn. both of whom were natives of Ireland. On crossing
the Atlantic in early life the father settled in Pennsylvania but
afterward removed to Maryland. The mother made the voyage to the new
world on a sailing vessel which was sixteen weeks in reaching the
American port in which anchor was dropped. She became a resident of
Maryland and they were married in that state. Mr. Quinn devoted his
attention to carpentering and continued his residence in Cumberland
up to the time of his demise, which occurred in 1897, when he had
reached the age of eighty-seven
years. For four years he had survived his wife, who
passed away in 1893, after having reached the sixty-fifth milestone
on life’s journey. They had a family of ten children, of whom Joseph
0. was the seventh.
In his youthful days Joseph 0. Quinn pursued his education in the schools of Ocean and of Midland, Maryland. He was but six years of age when the family home was established in the former place. At the age of fourteen he secured work in the coal mines at Ocean, Maryland, and was thus employed until after he had attained his majority. In his twenty-second year, however, he began work in a grocery store in Midland, Maryland, where he spent one year, after which he removed to the west with Rawlins, Wyoming, as his destination. He arrived in that city on the 23d of October, 1888, and entered the shops of the Union Pacific Railroad Company as machinist’s helper. A year later he was made a locomotive fireman and his run was between Rawlins and Green River. During the widespread railroad strike of 1894 he lost his position. In the summer of that year he returned to Cumberland, Maryland, where he engaged in railroad work for a time. After a year and a half he went back to Ocean, Maryland, and again worked in the mines, but the lure of the west was upon him and he again took up his abode at Rawlins on the 1st of September, 1897. He was employed at various kinds of work for several years and then entered the employ of the Cullen Commercial Company in the spring of 1908. He worked for a time for the company in Rawlins and was then sent to Wamsutter on the 30th of May, 1908, to take charge of the Cullen interests in that town. He remained for five years and on the request for a change returned to Rawlins, where he was again connected with the Cullen Commercial Company in the capacity of bookkeeper and head salesman. A year and a half later, however, he was again sent to Wamsutter and still has charge of the store of the Cullen Commercial Company at that point. That he was returned is incontrovertible proof of his capability in managing the interests of the company at this place. He has had thorough mercantile training and his broad experience, fidelity and capability are making the establishment at Wamsutter one that returns to the owners substantial profits.
On the 23d of August, 1893, Mr. Quinn was married to Miss Amelia L. Keefe, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Keefe, who were early residents of Wyoming. Mrs. Quinn was born in Peoria, Illinois. Her father is still living in that city at the age of seventy-seven years. To Mr. and Mrs. Quinn were born four children. Helen, whose birth occurred in Rawlins in 1894, is a graduate of the high school of that city and of the University of Wyoming and is now teaching school in Wamsutter. John B., born in Rawlins, September 28, 1897, is now associated in business with his father. Joseph 0., born in Peoria, Illinois, September 9, 1900, is now in Salt Lake Business College. Edward R., born February 5, 1906, in Rawlins, is a student in the schools of Wamsutter.
Mr. Quinn is filling the office of justice of the peace in the Wamsutter district and is interested in all that has to do with the welfare and progress of his section of the state. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party, and fraternally he is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, his membership being in the lodge at Rawlins. His religious faith is that of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Quinn has worked his way upward unaided. In recognition of the services which he rendered the stock growers in the vicinity of Wamsutter during the terrible winter of 1916-17, when the thermometer went down to fifty degrees below zero and the snow piled up over the roofs of the dwellings, the stockmen of the vicinity assembled in a body at Wamsutter in the summer of 1917, called the meeting to order and presented to Mr. Quinn a beautiful elk’s tooth mounted with the insignia of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and properly engraved on the back with the date, the names of the donors and the name of Mr. Quinn. This tribute of friendship and appreciation is greatly prized by Mr. Quinn. The work which he did in behalf of the stockmen of the locality was characteristic of his nature. He is continually extending a helping hand where aid is needed and is willing to render assistance to all who deserve it. He is a man of generous purpose, of high spirit, of laudable ambition and of marked devotion to the general welfare. These qualities have indeed made him a progressive business man, a valued citizen of the community and one whose circle of friends is most extensive.