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Thomas Bell

The subject of this sketch is a native of the Dominion of Canada, Having been born at Port Neuf, on November 20, 1863. He is the son of Peter and Elizabeth (Webb) Bell, the former a native of Scotland, and the latter of Liverpool, England. His father came to Canada from his native country when a young man, and remained there until the year 1867, when he removed to Colfax County, Nebraska, where he engaged in farming and stock raising operations up to the time of his decease, in 1877. He was a man of education and one of his brothers is at the head of one of the leading educational institutions of Edinburg, Scotland. The mother is still living at Norfolk, Nebraska, at the advanced age of seventy-nine years. She was the mother of fifteen children, of whom Thomas was the eleventh. His boyhood days were passed in Colfax County, Nebraska, and there he received his education until 1878, when he left Nebraska, came to Wyoming and located at Cheyenne, and secured employment as a range-rider. He followed this occupation for many years, and acquired a thoroughly practical knowledge of the stock business. A considerable portion of this time he was in the employ of the Swan Cattle Co., one of the largest concerns in Wyoming. He began business for himself in 1894 and purchased the Node ranch situated about twelve miles east of Lusk. He shortly afterward also purchased the Handson property and is now the owner of about 3,000 acres of land, well stocked and improved, and is conducting a successful and profitable business. His cattle are principally Herefords crossed with Shorthorns, and he has a fine herd of 4,000 head, which is being added to from year to year. On December 7, 1892, Mr. Bell married with Miss Cora L. Root, a native of Vermont and the daughter of B. A. Root, a well-known and highly respected gentleman, now residing at Lusk. To this union have been born five children, Lionel Everard, Thomas Lloyd, Floyd Cecil, Maxwell Keith and Cora Irene. Their home is one of the most hospitable in the state. Fraternally, Mr. Bell is affiliated with the Masonic order, having attained the Thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite, and he is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He takes an active interest in the fraternal and social life of the community where he maintains his home, and is looked upon as one of the solid business men and substantial property owners of Converse County, being held in high esteem by his fellow citizens and worthy of their confidence.

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