|RUSH McELROY TEMPLETON.|
Rush McElroy Templeton, a civil
engineer of high professional attainment practicing at Thermopolis,
was born at Ames, Iowa, September 12,
1885, a son of P. J. and Linda (Smith) Templeton, who were
natives of Ohio and of Illinois, respectively. The father has devoted
his life to agricultural pursuits. The son began his education in the
country schools and afterward had the benefit of instruction in the
State College of Iowa. Later he won his degree of Bachelor of Civil
Engineering upon completion of a Course in die Iowa State College as
a member of the class of 1908. In that year he became connected as a
civil engineer with the United States reclamation service and spent
three years in that way. He was afterward with the Valier, Montana,
Land & Water Company at Valier, Montana, until 1913 and was
associated with the city engineer of Billings, Montana, from 1913
until 1915. Since the latter date he has been engaged in professional
practice at Thermopolis and at present is engineer for Hot Springs
county, for the Big Horn Collieries Coal Company at Crosby, Wyoming.
He is constantly studying along the line of his profession and his
marked ability is the outcome of broad investigation and practical
experience following his thorough college training.
On the 27th of September, 1911, at Great Falls, Montana, Mr. Templeton was united in marriage to Miss Harriett Celestine McCarthy, a daughter of Mike McCarthy, formerly of Luverne, Minnesota, but now deceased. She has one brother who is engaged in banking, one who is engaged in the real estate business and two who are devoting their attention to the practice of law. Mr. and Mrs. Templeton have become the parents of a daughter, Harriett Margarett.
Mr. Templeton's military experience covers two years' service with the military organization of the State College of Iowa and three years as a member of the Montana National Guard. In politics he has always been a republican in principle but at local elections casts an independent ballot. He was elected county surveyor on the republican ticket in 1916 and is now occupying that position. Mr. Templeton has made application for membership in the American Society of Civil Engineers and is a charter member of the Wyoming Engineering Society. In 1909 he became a member of the Masonic fraternity and in 191 I of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. In his life he displays the basic principles which underlie these organizations and which are based upon a recognition of the brotherhood of mankind and the obligations thereby imposed. While maintaining an active and helpful interest along all those lines which are a matter of individual concern, Mr. Templeton devotes the major portion of his time and attention to his professional duties, which are constantly growing in volume and importance, and he is today recognized as one of the ablest civil engineers in his part of the state.