|NICOLAS G. ZILLER.|
Nicolas G. Ziller is an active business man of
Cumberland, where he is engaged in dealing in hay, grain, feed and
sheep. Long before the town of Cumberland was founded, however, he
settled there, he and his wife taking up their abode upon the site of
the future town after wandering in different western states and in
old Mexico, seeking a favorable location. Mr. Ziller regarded this as
an ideal spot, situated as it was at the foot of a mountain close to
a near-by stream, and in the adjacent hills he began to quarry out
material for the erection of his domicile. After many months of labor
the task was completed and in due time the home was furnished.
Seeking a method of providing a livelihood, he began hauling hay from
a neighboring town and established a hay, feed and grain business. He
then began traveling through the country, taking orders for feed, and
in this way gained his start. Through all the intervening years he
has continued in the same line of business and his trade has reached
extensive proportions, owing to his close application, his
persistent energy and his business discernment.
Mr. Ziller is a native of Austria. He was born in the Tyrol in 1860, a son of Frank and Mary Ziller, who were farming people of that country, where they spent their entire lives. Their son was a pupil in the public schools of Austria, but when still a youth crossed the Atlantic to America, taking up his abode in Colorado in 1891. He afterward lived in New Mexico and in old Mexico, and eventually came to Wyoming, arriving in this state in 1897. He first settled at Diamondville, but in 1901 located near Cumberland, where he now lives. As indicated, he built the first house in this section outside of the town and also laid out the road to Cumberland. Having established in a modest way his feed, grain and hay business, he has since developed his interests along that line and as he has prospered in his undertakings he has also made investment in property and has acquired considerable land. He turned his attention to ranching and is starting in the sheep industry. Through his varied interests, which have constantly developed in volume and in importance, he is now one of the representative men of his section of the state.
On the 23d of April, 1896, Mr. Ziller was united in marriage to Miss Angelica Fava, of the Tyrol. Austria, a daughter of George and Lucia (Larka) Fava, who remained in Austria, where the father engaged in shoe manufacturing. Mr. and Mrs. Ziller became the parents of six children, but all have passed away.
The religious faith of Mr. and Mrs. Liner is that of the Roman Catholic church, and fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and with the Owls. His political endorsement is given to the republican party and he has filled the office of road supervisor in Uinta county. His work in behalf of public progress has been farreaching and beneficial and Cumberland stands as a monument to his business discernment and ability in selecting a home site. Today he is one of the substantial citizens of his community, possessor of a comfortable competence and an attractive home, in which he has all the comforts and many of the luxuries of life.