Leo Noonan, United States commissioner, located at
Moorcroft. Wyoming, where he is also engaged in the real estate and
insurance business, was born in Wood River, Nebraska, on the 11th of
April, 1885, and is a son of Jeremiah and Anna (Leonard) Noonan, who
in 1895 removed from Holyoke, Colorado, to Wyoming, coming to
Moorcroft shortly after the building of the Burlington Railroad,
Mr. Noonan acting as section foreman, in which capacity he is still
Leo Noonan pursued his education in the public schools, supplemented by a business course at York, Nebraska. After his textbooks were put aside he spent a year or more on a stock ranch. He afterward engaged in clerking for two years for the Robinson Mercantile Company in Moorcroft, following which he engaged in the sheep business, with which he was identified for two years. On the 1st of March, 1909, he entered into partnership with W. K. Somers and engaged in the real estate business under the firm name of Somers & Noonan. In 1912 this partnership was dissolved and Mr. Noonan continued in the real estate and insurance business independently. He has negotiated many important property transfers and has written a large amount of insurance annually, both branches of his business proving profitable. In 1915 he was appointed United States commissioner for this district, in which capacity he is now serving, and his three years' service has been marked by loyalty, capability and efficiency.
On the 1st of January, 1910, Mr. Noonan was united in marriage to Miss Florence Ethel Torbert, of Moorcroft. and to them have been born two children, Thelma Grace and Jeremiah Ellsworth. Mr. and Mrs. Noonan are members of the Catholic church. The family occupies an attractive home, which is owned by Mr. Noonan, who is also the holder of various other city properties, and in addition he owns between five and six hundred acres of ranch land in Crook county.
In his political views Mr. Noonan is independent, voting according to the dictates of his judgment without regard to party ties. He is now serving as a member of the city council of Moorcroft and is clerk of the school board. He is also a member of Moorcroft Lodge, No. 23, K. P., of which he is a past grand chancellor. He is the secretary and treasurer of the Moorcroft Commercial Club and is one of the foremost residents of the city, cooperating heartily and effectively in all plans and measures for its upbuilding, for the extension of its business connections and for the advancement of its civic standards.