Among the prominent cattle men and sheep raisers of the
state of Wyoming none is better known than Thomas Boylan, of Albany
county, who makes his home at Rock River. He was born in Humboldt
county, California, June 21, 1877, and is a son of Thomas and
Katherine (Herzig) Boylan, the former a native of County Cork,
Ireland, whence he came to America in early life and established his
home in the state of New York, where he met and married Katherine
Herzig, who was born in New York city. Mr. Boylan afterward engaged
in shipbuilding in New York city and later became connected with the
Humboldt ship yards of California, there passing away in 1886, when
fifty-five years of age. His widow long survived him and died in
Durham, Connecticut, in 1912, at the age of sixty-seven years.
Thomas Boylan of this review, their only child, attended school in California and after putting aside his textbooks concenttated his attention upon fruit growing in Humboldt county, particularly along the line of raising prunes. In 1889 he arrived in Fremont county, Wyoming, and there gave his efforts and attention mainly to the raising of sheep. There he remained until 1892, when he went to Custer county, Idaho, where he still continued in the sheep industry until 1897. That year witnessed his arrival at Rock River and he still continues as a sheep raiser and is now owner of one of the largest ranches in his section of the state.
On the 1st of July, 1916, Mr. Boylan was married in Laramie, Wyoming, to Miss Grace Austin, a daughter, of Mrs. Elizabeth Austin, of Stamford, Connecticut. In politics he maintains an independent course and has never been an office seeker. He is not remiss in the duties of citizenship, however, but prefers that his public service shall be done in a private capacity. He cooperates in every well defined plan for the general good and through the conduct of his business affairs has become one of the important factors in the substantial upbuilding of western Wyoming. He has ranch properties splendidly equipped for the care of his sheep, with large pens and buildings and every accessory found upon a model sheep ranch in the west, where thousands of head of sheep are owned by a single individual and pastured upon ranches that contain thousands of acres. He is today one of the most prominent and successful sheep raisers in the state and is regarded as an authority upon everything that has to do with the sheep industry.