|WILLIAM F. PARTIN.|
The opportunities for business advancement in Wyoming are more clearly
illustrated in the record of no other man than in the history of
William F. Partin, who is one of the proprietors of a chain of
stores conducted under the name of the Golden Rule and including
various mercantile establishments of Wyoming, Utah and Arizona. A
spirit of indefatigable enterprise, an unabating energy and industry
that never flags are among his chief characteristics and his
contemporaries speak of him also as one of the most far-sighted
business men. He was born in Hamilton, Missouri, August 6, 1879,
and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Penney) Partin, the former a
native of Tennessee, while the latter was born in Kentucky. Both
removed to Missouri prior to the Civil war and in that state Mr.
Partin, Sr., turned his attention to merchandising until the
outbreak of hostilities, when he put aside business and personal
considerations and enlisted from Missouri as a member of the
northern army. By reason of his valor and loyalty displayed on the
field of battle he was promoted to the rank of captain and returned
to his home with a most creditable military record after the stars
and stripes had been planted in the southern confederacy. When the
war was over he resumed mercantile interests and continued active
along that line until his death, which occurred while he was on a
visit in Denver in 1902,
his last illness covering but two weeks. He was
sixty-five years of age at the time of his demise. His widow survived
until 1904, passing away in Hamilton, Missouri. In their family
were eight children, of whom three are still living,
namely: Mrs. S. B. Brand, whose home is in Park City,
Utah; Mrs. D. H. Jones, living in Los Angeles, California; and
William F., of this review.
In his boyhood days the last named attended the schools of Hamilton, Missouri. and was graduated from the high school, after which he entered the State University at Columbia, Missouri. He left there, however, before completing the full course in order to engage in mercantile lines. Prior to this time he had taught in the high school of Hamilton and later he turned his attention to commercial pursuits, thinking that he would find therein a field of labor that would more quickly return to him a comfortable competence. In 1905 he became a resident of Rock Springs and in 1906 he became interested in the Golden Rule chain of stores. He is one of the representative business men of this section of the state, alert, energetic and determined, wisely directing his interests and winning the substantial results of close application and sound judgment. He is not only an active factor in the conduct of the store at Rock Springs but is also a director of numerous other stores in Arizona, in Utah and in Wyoming. The company is continually extending its field of operation and its efforts are attended with a substantial measure of success.
Fraternally Mr. Partin is connected with the Woodmen of the World and the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. Politically he is a supporter of the democratic party and at all times he keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, supporting his position by intelligent argument. He is actuated in all that he does by a spirit of enterprise. He is a believer in Wyoming and its future, convinced that the state offers unlimited opportunities for the man who is willing to work. Those who know him, and he has a wide acquaintance, speak of him in terms of high regard, his friends in the state being many.