|RAY K. OLDS.|
Ray K. Olds has occupied various positions of public
trust and is now serving as provost marshal in Cheyenne, having been
given a commission as captain of infantry in the Reserve Corps. He
was born at Table Rock, Nebraska, July 13, 1879, a son of William and
Mary M. (Kirby) Olds. The father engaged in freighting in Wyoming in
pioneer times, making trips between Fort Leavenworth and Fort
Laramie, and he thus became familiar with all of the experiences that
constituted' features of pioneer life. He died in the year 1906 and
his widow now makes her home in Los Angeles, California. They had a
family of three sons and four daughters, of whom Ray K. is the
While the family home was maintained at St. Joseph, Missouri, Ray K. Olds became a pupil in the public schools of that city and there mastered the high school course after completing the work of the grades. When his textbooks were put aside he turned his attention to railroad work in a clerical capacity and spent about four years in that way. In 1901 he took up his abode in Wyoming, where he became connected with the Capital Pharmacy, with which he was associated for a year. He afterward conducted a book and stationery store in Lander, where he spent a year and a half, and on the expiration of that period he sold his interest in the business to his partner and concentrated his attention upon railroad office work. Subsequently he was in the county treasurer's office as deputy for two years and on the expiration of that period was elected to the position of county treasurer, in which capacity he served for four years. In 1917 he was elected a member of the state legislature for a two years' term and on the 20th of June, 1917, he was appointed to his present position as provost marshal for the Cheyenne district of Wyoming. He has ever made an excellent record in public office by the prompt and faithful manner in which he has discharged his duties. He makes a study of the work which comes to him as he assumes a new position, and neglects no task that is legitimately his. His political allegiance has always been given to the democratic party and he has long been one of the active workers in its ranks.
On the 8th of August, 1906, Mr. Olds was united in marriage to Miss Irene Hammond, a daughter of J. W. Hammond, of Cheyenne, and their children are Kirby, William and Mary Ruth.
Mr. Olds belongs to the Congregational church and is identified with the Woodmen of the World and the Industrial Club, associations which indicate something of the nature of his interests and the rules which govern his conduct. He is fond of outdoor life, but his attention is mostly given to his business and official duties and his record in public office is a most commendable one, having gained for him the trust, confidence and high regard of all who know aught of his career.