|THOMAS K. COLLETT.|
Thomas K. Collett, who is engaged in general ranching at
Cokeville, was born October 25, 1865, in Logan, Utah. His father, the
late Sylvanus Collett, was a native of England and came to America
with his parents prior to the Civil war, the family home being
established in Illinois. Subsequently a removal was made by way of
the overland route to Utah and they settled in Salt Lake City, while
subsequently they removed to Cache county, Utah, where Sylvanus
Collett was reared and educated and spent the greater part of his
life. He became a successful farmer and stock raiser, carefully
directing his business, while his close application and unremitting
industry brought to him a substantial measure of success. Sylvanus
Collett and his family enjoyed the distinction of having been the
first white family to settle in this valley and he was the first man
to take up a claim in Cokeville. He was prominent in lodge circles
and was the first past master of the Cokeville organization. He
married Isabel Kearns, who was a daughter of pioneer settlers of Utah
who were natives of the Isle of Man. Upon coming to America they
first established their home in Provo.
Mrs. Collett passed away late in 1865 and was long survived by her husband, who departed this life at the age of sixty-two years. In their family were four children, two sons and two daughters: Esther, who is the widow of Thomas Merrill and resides in Franklin, Arizona; Lydia, the wife of Joseph Nelson, a resident of Smithfield, Cache county, Utah; Sylvester, who was among the first settlers of Uinta county, Wyoming, and later of Lincoln county and who now resides in Burley, Idaho; and Thomas K., of this review.
In the public schools of Logan, Utah, Thomas K. Collett pursued his education. His opportunities, however, were quite limited in that direction. He had the chance of attending school for only about nine months, but in the school of experience he has learned many valuable lessons and has become a well informed business man. He began to earn his own livelihood when twelve years of age and was first employed on the Beckwith, Quinn & Company ranch in Uinta county, now Lincoln county, Wyoming, twelve miles from Cokeville. He afterward worked on ranches in this section of the country for a number of years and at the age of twenty-one he settled on a homestead claim of one hundred and sixty acres and also secured two hundred acres of desert land at his present location in township 24 north, range 119 west, in Lincoln county, part of this being in the town of Cokeville. He has been a citizen of Cokeville continuously since taking up his abode upon the homestead claim. He was employed for about eight years in train service and construction work in connection with the Oregon Short Line Railroad during the early days of its operation. He now concentrates his attention upon his ranching and kindred interests, conducting a modern dairy, becoming the pioneer in that line in Cokeville. He not only supplies the people of his town with milk but also ships quite extensively to neighboring towns. In addition to the large number of fine cattle which he keeps he raises a number of horses and in fact conducts a general ranching business along successful and profitable lines.
On the 22d of December, 1892, Mr. Collett was married to Miss Kate Sims, a native of Utah and a daughter of Alexander and Elizabeth (McDermott) Sims, both now deceased. The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Collett was celebrated at St. Charles, Idaho, and has been blessed with three children, two daughters and a son: Imogene, the wife of Roscoe Stoner, a resident of Cokeville; Lucille and Thiel. Mrs. Collett and her children are members of the Church of the Latter Day Saints and she has for a number of years been an ardent Sunday school worker. She has ever been prominent in the work undertaken on behalf of moral uplift in her town and has cooperated with the other ladies of her community and church in order to promote intellectual and mental advancement. She is particularly interested in education and a strong advocate for school betterment and improvement. She has given her every effort and all of her energy to properly educate her own children and from this course has received the inspiration to further educational facilities on a larger scale. Socially and religiously she is a leader, and Cokeville and her part of Lincoln county have received through her many an impetus toward the goal of a higher life.
In his fraternal connections Air. Collett is a Woodman of the World. Politically he is a republican but has never been an office seeker, preferring to concentrate his efforts and attention upon his business affairs, which have been carefully and energetically directed, bringing to him a substantial measure of success.