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John W. Agee

The growth and development of every new country is deeply and lastingly indebted in all essential particulars to the numbers of its citizens whose course in life has not lain along the points and pinnacles of great affairs where history holds her splendid march and any record of achievements by its progressive men must necessarily contain the names and deeds of many who have only performed with cheerfulness and fidelity and without ostentation or claim or merit, the daily duties of life, found ever at hand which are small in their individual magnitude but mighty in their aggregate importance. Among the men of this class in Wyoming, must be named J. W. Agee of Bighorn County living two and one-half miles east of Burlington on a fine ranch of 640 acres which he has redeemed from the waste and made attractive in appearance, comfortable as a home and prolific in fertility, by his energy and skill paying by his long years of systematic efforts in labor and faith the price of a good estate and now enjoying its fruits, in the possession of a stock and farming business of considerable extent and giving profitable returns. Mr. Agee first saw the light of this world on September 14, 1867, in Nebraska, whither his parents, Dr. James W. and Eliza M. (Hurst) Agee, moved in 1864, from Missouri, where the mother was born and reared, the father being a native of Tennessee. They located at Valley in Douglas County and they’re the father still lives, actively engaged in the practice of his profession. His wife died in 1902 and was laid to rest in the soil of her adopted state. In his native place their son, John W. Agee grew to manhood, received his education and after leaving school engaged in farming until 1893 when he came to Wyoming and cast in his lot with her people locating in the Bighorn basin and falling in with the prevailing industry of that region he took up a homestead in the neighborhood of Burlington, subsequently increasing his holding by purchase until he now owns a full section of as good land as can be found in this part of the state. This he has brought to a high state of productiveness in the portions of it under cultivation and here he conducts an extensive and thriving stock business giving special attention to the production of high-grade cattle. Mr. Agee is a valued and serviceable member of the Modern Woodmen of America, but belongs to no other fraternal organization. He is however actively interested in the advancement of the county and of the community in which he lives, giving to their affairs intelligent and helpful attention. On December 24, 1889, he was married in Nebraska to Miss C. S. Harmer, a native of that state. They have six children, Ernest, Elma, Grace, Ivan, Warren and Edna, all living at home and diligently attending school in the proper season by their presence and cheer making the home more attractive.

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