Robert Steele is widely known as one of the big sheep
operators of Washakie county and also as the assistant cashier of the
First National Bank of Worland. Moreover, he is active in public
affairs and his fellow townsmen, appreciative of his worth and
ability, have called him to the office of chairman of the board of
county commissioners. in which position he is making a most
creditable record. He ranks with Worland's leading and representative
citizens and enjoys the respect and goodwill of all with whom he has
been brought in contact. He was born in Scotland, December 16, 1869,
and is a son of Robert and Ellen (Osborne) Steele, both of whom spent
their entire lives in the land of hills and heather.
Robert Steele acquired a public school education in his native country and came to the United States in 1802. when a young man of twenty-three years. He landed in New York city but did not tarry in the eastern metropolis. making his way direct to Wyoming. He took up his abode in Rawlins and soon afterward secured employment on a sheep ranch, where he remained for two years. He then became associated in business with his brother, William 0. Steele, who had preceded him to the new world. They engaged in the sheep industry and in 1896 drove their flocks up into the Big Horn basin, where they have since operated. Their present sheep holdings aggregate over nine thousand head, placing them among the most prominent sheep men of this section of the state. They raise sheep of high grade and their business ability has been manifest in the success which has attended their undertakings. On the 1st of January, 1916, Robert Steele purchased an interest in the First National Bank of Worland and has since served as assistant cashier of the institution.
In Manitoba, Canada, in 1900, Mr. Steele was united in marriage to Miss Mary Taylor, a native of Scotland, and to them have been born two children, Robert 0. and Mary Isabelle.
The parents are consistent members of the Presbyterian church. In his political views Mr. Steele has always been a stalwart republican since becoming a naturalized American citizen and he was elected to the first board of county commissioners in Washakie county following its organization and has served continuously in that capacity to the present time, making a most excellent record in shaping the policy and directing the interests of the county, while for the past three years he has occupied the position of chairman of the board. He is a member of Basin Lodge, I. 0. 0. F., and also of the Modern Woodmen of America. He is held in the highest esteem as a man of genuine personal worth, of marked business ability and of notable progressiveness in citizenship. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found the opportunities which he sought, and in their utilization he has advanced steadily, winning the just reward of persistent labor, close application and sound business judgment.