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Frank A. Bailey


A varied career has been that of Frank A. Bailey, now residing at Laramie, in the state of Wyoming. A native of Orange county, N. Y., he was born in 1847, the son of Harrison and Mary (Randall) Bailey, both natives of that state. His father responded to the call of his country for defenders during the trying times of the Civil War, in 1861 enlisting in Co. C, One Hundred and Tenth New York Regiment. In the sanguinary battle of Gettysburg he was killed and was buried at Florida, N. Y., being a son of Silas and Sarah (Harrison) Bailey, both natives of New Jersey. Silas Bailey followed the occupation of blacksmithing during his life time, and died in 1866 at the age of eighty-two years, also being buried at Florida, N. Y. Sarah (Harrison) Bailey, the paternal grandmother of Frank A. Bailey, was the daughter of George A. Nater, a native of Germany and a respected citizen of the state of New York. The mother of Mr. Bailey was the daughter of John and Sarah Randall, old-time residents of New York State. In early life Mr. Bailey was practically without any school privileges whatever and being compelled to commence to earn his own livelihood at the early age of ten years he became a driver on the Erie Canal for two seasons. He then went into a machine shop at Pittsburgh, Pa., as an apprentice to learn the trade of machinist. He remained in this em-ployment for about six years and then in 1873 enlisted as a private in Co. B, Eighth United States Infantry, and in the following year he was stationed with his regiment at Cheyenne, Wyo. and subsequently he was transferred to Fort Saunders and still later to Fort Lara-mie, where he remained for about eight months and then ordered to California, where he mustered out of the service at Angel's Island. He then secured employment on a cattle ranch in California, for the purpose of acquiring a practical knowledge of the cattle business, with a view of entering upon that pursuit. He remained in California for about four years, then came to Oregon and later to Idaho and Montana. In 1888 he purchased a ranch on the Powder River in Johnson county, Wyo., and there engaged in ranching and cattle raising, four years later disposing of his ranch and cattle interests to good advantage, when he accepted a responsible position on the Union Pacific Railroad. He has remained in this employment up to the present time (1902). Mr. Bailey has never been married. He is a highly esteemed citizen of the community where he maintains his home.


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