|HON. JOSEPH R. SLAUGHTER.|
Hon. Joseph R. Slaughter, vice president of the Glen
Rock State Bank and one of the foremost citizens of the town Of
Glenrock, dates his residence in Wyoming from 1879. He was born in
Athens county, Ohio, on the 5th of February, 1860, and is a son of
John and Mary (Durant) Slaughter, who removed to Colorado when their
son was but a year old. There he was reared to his eighteenth year
and acquired a public school education. In 1879 he arrived in Wyoming
and two years later established his home on Deer creek at the site of
his present place of residence. He rode the range, punching cattle
for ten years, and in 1892 or 1893 he took up a claim on Deer creek.
His entrance into the state, however, was not the first time the
family was represented here. His grandfather, John Slaughter, had
become a well known and prominent citizen of Cheyenne. He was
territorial librarian and later state librarian of Wyoming,
continuing in that position up to the time of his death. His reports
concerning the state and its opportunities awakened the interest of
Joseph R. Slaughter, who, after coming to Converse county, began
handling cattle in a small way. After locating on his claim he was
identified for a short time with Mr. Higgins in the sheep industry
and subsequently organized the Slaughter & Patzold Sheep Company,
which is still one of the foremost companies operating in the sheep
industry in Wyoming. Mr. Slaughter, however, has severed his
connection with that company. About 1900 he took up his abode in
Glenrock, where he has since resided, and he is now the secretary of
the Higgins Realty Company, which owned at one time most of the town
site of Glenrock and still controls extensive holdings. He is also a
member of the Glenrock Oil & Gas Company and his business
interests are important and extensive, contributing to the material
progress and development of the section in which he lives, at
the same time constituting a source of gratifying individual income.
He displays sound judgment and discrimination in the conduct of his
business affairs and in placing his investments, and his enterprise
has brought to him a gratifying measure of prosperity.
On the 10th of July, 1901, Mr. Slaughter was united in marriage to Miss Emma L. Kimball, a daughter of Colonel E. H. Kimball, of Glenrock, and to them has been born a son, Joseph R. They also have an adopted son, Russell C., who has been with them since he was about three weeks old.
In his political views Mr. Slaughter has always been a republican since reaching adult age, and for two terms he served as mayor of Glenrock, being the first to hold that position. In 1903 he was elected to the state legislature, serving through the seventh general assembly with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. Mr. Slaughter is very active in Masonry and was .master of Glenrock Lodge, No. 22, F. & A. M. He is actuated by a spirit of progress in all that he does, readily recognizes favorable opportunities and utilizes them not only in the upbuilding of his individual fortunes but for the benefit of the community as well.