Crook County Trails to the Past Biographies
Albert O Banks
Born in the busy and progressive province of Nova Scotia, Canada, there reared to the age of seventeen, then left an orphan and thrown on his own resources by the death of his father, well has Albert O Banks, of Crook county, oming, one of the prominent and enterprising ranchmen of his section, justified the hopes of his friends in his childhood by carving out of hard conditions a fortune of comeliness and graceful proportions. His life began on February 14, 1858. in the rural home of his parents, Joseph and Dorothy (Payson) Banks, residents of Nova cotia and highly esteemed farmers. In 1875 his
father died and was buried in his native soil, while his mother, a native
of St. Johns, still resides in Nova Scotia. Albert
O. Banks was educated in his native land and remained at home for a few
years after the death of his father, working on farms in the neighborhood,
when not engaged on that of his mother. In 1879 ne home and coming to Massachusetts
worked on farms in that state for a period of five years. In 1884 he
turned his face to the great and growing West, and made his way to Fort
Collins, Colo., where he remained a few months, at the end of which he
came on to Wyoming and took up
the ranch he now occupies, located about ten miles southeast of Sundance.
For a few years after his settling here he worked at times in the timber
at lumbering, but, since getting his ranch industry well started, he has
sedulously devoted his time and energies to that, and has won, by
diligence and close attention to business, a gratifying success and he has
risen to a desirable place in the regard and esteem of his fellow men.
He owns 560 acres of land, has a large leased tract, and has
improved his possessions with good buildings, fences, etc., and brought
them to a high state of cultivation by skillful farming. His principal
industry is raising cattle, but he also does farming on a scale of some
magnitude and by methods that embrace all that is known to the intelligent
and progressive tiller of
the soil. On November 15, 1894, Mr. Banks was married to Miss Jennie
Hawkins at Sundance. Mrs. Banks is a native of England, but for years she has been a
resident of Wyoming.
They have two children, Claud R. and Earl. Mr. Banks is an
active and zealous Republican, seeking always the welfare of his party and
its proper guidance along the lines of safe and healthful progress, but
not desiring for himself any of its honors.
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