|R. C. HARGREAVES.|
R. C. Hargreaves, who is a member
of the town council of Cody and for several years has been numbered
among the most prominent sheepmen and wool growers of northwestern
Wyoming, but disposed of his flocks about a year ago, ranks with the
representative residents of his section of the state, belonging to
that class of men who have been the real upbuilders and
promoters of Wyoming. Opportunity has ever been to him a call to
action—to which he has not failed to respond—and in the
utilization of the chances which have come to him he has steadily
advanced in a financial way to the goal of success.
He was born in Ripon, Wisconsin, May 26, 1850, a son of Mathew and Rachel (Echels) Hargreaves. both of whom spent their entire lives in Wisconsin, where the father followed the occupation of farming. becoming one of the first settlers, in Fond du Lac county and contributing much to the substantial upbuilding and development of the district. especially along agricultural lines.
R. C. Hargreaves is indebted to the public school system of his native state for the educational opportunities which he enjoyed and which qualified him for life’s practical and responsible duties. He was reared on the old homestead in Fond du Lac county and divided his time between attendance at the public schools and work in the fields. actively assisting his father in the development of the home farm. He was married there and took up farming on his own account. devoting his attention to general agricultural pursuits in Fond du Lac county until 1878, when he removed to Deadwood, South Dakota, where he resided for a few months. In the spring of 1879 he made his way to Wyoming, locating near Rawhide Butte, in Laramie county, where he ran a bunch of sheep, on shares, the first year. The following year he purchased sheep and started in the business for himself. For thirty-seven years he was one of the prominent sheepmen of Wyoming, running as many as ten thousand head. He disposed of his flock in 1916 and is now concentrating his attention upon the cattle business. He owns a ranch of eight hundred acres of deeded land about four miles from Cody and occupies a handsome residence in the city of Cody. He came to the Big Horn basin in 1898 and there is no phase of sheep or cattle raising in this section of the country with which he is not thoroughly familiar. His business affairs have been wisely directed and his efforts have brought to him a very gratifying and substantial measure of success.
In December, 1872, Mr. Hargreaves was married to Miss Josephine Reed, of Fond du Lac county, and to them has been born a daughter, Leeta Reed, who died at the age of twenty-two years, just after having completed her education by graduation from the school at Maryville, Missouri.
In his political views Mr. Hargreaves is a republican and is a member of the present town council of Cody, in which connection he is exercising his official prerogatives in support of a businesslike and progressive administration in which needed reform will be secured and advanced measures for the benefit of the town be introduced. He belongs to Cody Lodge, No. 36, I. 0. 0. F., and he and his wife are consistent members of the Presbyterian church. Their aid and influence are always given on the side of advancement along material, intellectual, social, political and moral lines and their worth to the community is indicated in the fact that the hospitality of the best homes of Cody and this section of the state is always freely accorded them. Mr. Hargreaves, by reason of the importance and extent of his business affairs, by reason of his valuable public service and his genuine personal worth, ranks with the representative men of northwestern Wyoming.