William H. Wallace, a coal dealer of Sheridan and one of the pioneer settlers of Sheridan county, arrived in 1885 and has since been an active factor in the work of general development and improvement. He is a man of substantial worth, possessing many sterling traits of character, and the high regard in which he is held is proof of his devotion to advanced standards of manhood and of citizenship. He was born in Boulder county, Colorado, on the 21st of November, 1869. and is a son of Michael and Martha (McMichael) Wallace, the former a native of Scotland, while the latter was born in Ireland. They came to America in early life and the father died in Colorado in 1880, but the mother is still living and has reached the .very advanced age of eighty-four years. She makes her home with a daughter hi Florida.
Residing in Boulder county through the period of his boyhood and youth, Mr. Wallace of this review became a pupil in the high school there. In 1885 he removed to what is now Sheridan county, Wyoming. but was then Johnson county. He arrived a bare-footed boy, coming with the family of Robert Niver. He was entirely without funds, but the opportunities of the west attracted him. He brought with him a bunch of his mother's cattle and in the following summer he was joined by his mother, who brought with her the dairy cattle and other belongings of the family. She purchased a ranch on Five Mile creek where she and her son, William H., and brothers were engaged in the cattle and live stock business until 1902. Since then he has been independently engaged in the live stock business on Five Mile creek, having his interests at Ohlman Siding. where he owns a valuable ranch of four hundred and twenty acres of agricultural land and three hundred and twenty acres of land which he recently purchased from the government. He is extensively interested in the cattle business, owning one hundred and fifty head individually, all of which are pure bred stock of the Hereford breed. He is likewise interested in the Seven Cross Cattle Company. His business interests have gradually grown and developed as the result of his close application, his keen business discrimination and his unfaltering energy, and today he is one of the prominent cattle men of his section of the state. In 1907 he took up his abode in Sheridan city in order that his children might have the better educational advantages offered by the city schools, and in order to have some business interest in the city of his residence he became connected with the coal trade and has built up a large business of that character. Indolence and idleness are utterly foreign to his nature and he could not content himself without some occupation. He is determined and energetic and carries forward to successful completion whatever he undertakes, while the methods he pursues are such as will bear the closest investigation and scrutiny.
In 1893 Mr. Wallace was united in marriage to Miss Nellie M. Niver, a daughter of Robert Niver, with whom Mr. Wallace came to Wyoming in early life. To this marriage have been born six children, three sons and three daughters: Edna M., William Robert, Forest Edward, Florence M., James David and Ethea Nellie, all of whom are yet under the parental roof, and the family circle still remains unbroken by the hand of death.
In politics Mr. Wallace is a stalwart republican and is an active worker in party ranks, serving at the present time as a member of the state central committee and also as a member of the state executive committee. He has been a member of the executive board of the Commercial Club since its organization and was one of the committee of three, his associates being George W. Perry and B. H. Sinclair, chosen to draft the constitution and by-laws of the organization. For several years he served as president of the Sheridan Business Men's Club. He is alert and enterprising, carefully utilizing opportunities which others pass heedlessly by, and his persistency of purpose has enabled him to win notable success. In 1913 he became associated With George W. Perry, C. L. Hoag, Thomas Bryant and C. W. Garbutt in the establishment or a modern creamery. They organized what became known as the Sheridan Creamery & Cold Storage Company, recognizing how great would be the value of such a concern to the community. They not only organized the business but remained with the corporation and built it up, teaching the farmers to rid themselves of their unprofitable dairy cattle and keep only the best, breeding their cattle up to the highest standard. They have not only made money for the farmers but have built up the finest creamery in the state, and for the past three years they have taken the blue ribbon at the State Fair on their butter exhibit. Such are the methods employed in the operation of the business that they have gained for their plant the name of the Sanitary Creamery. Mr. Wallace is president of the corporation and has been a moving spirit in its successful establishment and conduct. He is always to be found at the head of any progressive movement for the advancement of his home city and the welfare of the state, and his efforts have been farreaching and resultant. He has every reason td be proud of the fact that he was one of the organizers and trustees of the Sheridan Building & Loan Association, which was organized February 7, 1912. It was the outgrowth of the Sheridan Business Men's Club and was capitalized for one million dollars, five thousand shares of two hundred dollars each being issued. It is a mutual cooperative association and has at this writing about two hundred and seventy-five thousand dollars in first mortgages on real estate. The incorporators were F. C. Poll, H. C. Benham, P. C. Duncan, M. W. Holcomb, George W. Hall, Chris Christensen and W. H. Wallace. Mr. Wallace is president of the association, which has been of great benefit to the workingmen, enabling many to thus secure homes when otherwise they would have been unable to do so. It stimulates personal ambition, fosters local pride, adds to the comfort and welfare of the people and has indeed been of a most beneficial character.
Mr. Wallace is a member of Sheridan Lodge, No. 19, I. 0. 0. F. ; and also of Sheridan Lodge, No. 9. K. P., and at the present writing is prelate of the Knights of Pythias grand lodge. He is also connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Royal Highlanders and the Woodmen of the World, and he and his wife are consistent members of the Congregational church, guiding their entire lives by its teachings.
It is well known that the purpose of life is to afford opportunity, and Mr. Wallace, recognizing his opportunities, has advanced to a position which has made his work of great worth to the world. By perseverance, determination and honorable effort he has overthrown the obstacles which bar the path to success and has reached the goal of prosperity, while his genuine worth, broad mind and public spirit have made him a director of public thought and action.