|RUFUS P. SNELL, JR.|
Rufus P. Snell, Jr., a well known stockman of Cowley.
was born in Utah, December 12,
1860, a son of Rufus and Ellen C. Snell. the former a
native of New Brunswick, while the latter was born in Iowa. They
became residents of Utah in 1857 and the mother there passed away.
The father afterward removed to Wyoming and his death occurred in
Cowley in September, 1917. They had a family of ten children, nine of
whom are yet living.
Rufus P. Snell, Jr., spent his youthful days in his native state and pursued his education in the public schools. In 1901 he arrived in Bighorn county, Wyoming, and located at Cowley, where he engaged in the live stock business. He makes a specialty of handling cattle and horses and has on hand three hundred head of high grade cattle and a large number of horses. His business interests are wisely and carefully managed and success in substantial manner crowns his labors. He is also a director of the Cowley State Bank and is president of the Crosby Trading Company, controlling one of the most important commercial interests of the community.
In 1892 Mr. Snell was married to Miss Elizabeth L. Hattin, a native of Utah, and to them have been born five children, namely: Philip H., who is a high school graduate; Celestia Fern, also a graduate of the high school; Leah, attending high school; Golden C., attending high school; and Jay H.
The parents are members of the Mormon church and Mrs. Snell is now president of the Slake Relief Society. Mr. Snell is an adherent of the republican party and loyally supports its principles and candidates, but has never been an office seeker. He has always preferred to give his undivided time and attention to his business interests, and in addition to his other investments he now has a farm of two hundred and sixty acres of irrigated land which he has brought under a high state of cultivation and which returns to him a gratifying annual income.