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John T. Dodge

A representative stockman of Albany County is John T. Dodge, the subject of this sketch, whose address is McGill, Wyoming. A native of the state of Michigan, he was born near Saginaw City in 1850, and is the son of Nathan and Hannah (Robb) Dodge, both be-ing a native of Michigan. His father was en-gaged in farming in Michigan up to the time of his death, which occurred in 1852, and he was buried at the City of Saginaw. The mother passed away in Nebraska and lies buried at Lyons in that state. John T. Dodge attained manhood in Michigan and Nebraska and re-ceived his education in the public schools of the latter state. At the early age of sixteen years he was compelled to leave school and earn his own livelihood and engaged in farm-ing in Nebraska, in which pursuit he continued with varying success up to 1876, when he removed his residence to Colorado, where he established his headquarters at Fort Collins and engaged in freighting operations from that place, continuing to be thus employed for about four years, then selling his freighting business to good advantage, he removed to North Park, Colo., where he engaged in mining until 1883. He then disposed of his mining prop-erty, and removed to the territory of Wyoming, where he established his home on the Laramie River on the present site of the Dodgeville placer mines. At this point while making an excavation for the cellar of his residence placer gold was discovered in paying quantities and he at once started extensive placer mining operations. He carried on this business for some time with considerable success and was at the same time engaged in the cattle busi-ness. Subsequently he removed his residence to his present ranch, situated about ten miles south of Dodgeville, and he has since there continued in the stock business, meeting with substantial success, being counted one of the representative stockmen of that region. In 1872, Mr. Dodge was united in the holy bonds of wedlock with Miss Mary E. Belleville, a na-tive of Ohio and the daughter of Samuel and Jane (Helms) Belleville, well known and highly respected citizens of that state. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Dodge six children have been born, namely, William A., Thomas, Nora A., Arthur, Samuel and Walter. The three latter passed away in childhood, and are buried in Nebraska. Politically, Mr. Dodge is a stanch adherent of the Republican Party and an earn-est and enthusiastic advocate of the principles of that political organization, believing that their dominance in public affairs of state and nation to be for the best interest of the public welfare. He is one of the most trusted leaders of the party in Albany County, although he has never sought or desired any office, preferring to devote his time and attention to his personal business affairs. He stands high in the esteem of all classes of his fellow citizens, irrespective of political affiliations.

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