Every man of mental activity and breadth of view with capacity to carry more than one thought at a time has led horse in addition to the one he rides. His ordinary business occupies his energies in the necessary work of making a living and gaining a competence and something entirely different gives food and opportunity for his entertainment and improvement in his leisure and sweetens the toil of his more arduous labors. Harry K. Sweney finds his recreation in artistic work by brush and palette and has adorned his attractive home with many delightful creations of his art. He is however as diligent and systematic in his farming and stock growing operations as he is finished and skillful in his painting and drawing. In the state of Iowa on December 15, 1870 his useful life began. His parents were Grigg and Lydia Sweney and while he was yet an infant his father died. In 1879 his mother moved with her young family to Wyoming having in that year been married to Mr. R. H. Austin (see sketch on another page). They located at old Fort Halleck and lived there until 1885. Then moved to Rawlins. In 1887 they came to the Bighorn basin and settled on Shell Creek where the next year, when he was eighteen Harry took up a homestead on which he now lives. He has greatly improved his farm and runs from it in partnership with his brother Robert, 150 fine cattle and a number of well-bred horses. On October 25, 1899 he was married to Miss Annie L. Thurmond a native of Virginia but for some years a resident of Sheridan, Wyoming where the marriage occurred. He is one of the progressive and highly esteemed citizens of his section of the county and deeply interested in whatever conduces to its welfare.