John J (JJ) Smith

1844- 1931

 

Taken from the publication:  PROGRESSIVE MEN OF WYOMING

 

John J. Smith is a prosperous and enterprising stockman of Bighorn County, Wyoming, living on a ranch near Hyattville, which he took up as a homestead and has greatly improved and beautified.   John came to the state in 1866 among the early pioneers, and helped to lay the foundations of its present greatness and progress. He is a native of Pennsylvania, where he was born on January 14. 1844, his parents being Edward and Jane (Johnson) Smith, Ohioans by nativity, who removed to Pennsylvania early in their married life, and in that state their son, John, was reared and educated.  In 1861, when he was but seventeen years of age, he enlisted in the Thirteenth U. S. Infantry and served three years.  After his discharge he worked in the South, engaged building telegraph lines, until 1866, when he again enlisted in the regular army as a member of the Fifth Cavalry, and was sent with his com­mand to Kansas, and afterwards to Colorado and Wyoming. During his term of service in this regiment, he participated in a number of Indian fights, seeing active service also in other lines of frontier army work.  At the end of this term of enlistment he went to the Indian Territory, and, in that region, through portions of the territory and Texas, he carried on a stock business until 1882, when he came north to Nebraska, then, after a four years' residence in that state, he for a sec­ond time, changed his base of operations to Wyoming.  He took up a homestead, near what is now Hyattville, and there settled down to im­prove his property and develop the stock busi­ness which he immediately started and which he has since conducted with increasing volume anti profit, having now 100 cattle and a number of horses, all of good quality, and always kept in excellent condition, so far as skillful and care­ful attention can keep them so, as he applies to the management of his business an intelligence and a system derived from his long and varied experience, studious and reflective reading and judicious observation.  He was united in mar­riage with Miss Emma Buckmaster, a native of Iowa, but a resident of Johnson County, Wyo., at the time of the marriage, which occurred on Oc­tober 27, 1887.  They have six children, Mol­lie, Lottie, Ruth, John, Joseph and Jesse.