Winfield S. Collins
Attorney; civil engineer; county and prosecuting
attorney Big Horn county; (Rep.); b. March 30, 1848, Mechanicsburg,
Ohio; s. of Horace W. and Juliette (Sattley) Collins; educ. pub. schls.
Johnson county, Iowa; grad (C. E.) Iowa State Agricultural College,
Ames, Iowa, 1876; taught winter schools while going to college and
studied law; studied law, Springfield, Ills., 1877, and taught school
same time; admitted to practice, June, 1879; practiced in Springfield,
Ills., 1880-2; res. in Nebraska, 1882-5; located at Fort Fetterman, nr.
Douglas, Wyoming, fall of 1885; one of the first settlers and the first
law practitioner in Douglas, 1886.7; removed to what is now Big Horn
county, Wyoming, 1887: first one to drill for oil in Big Horn county, at
Bonanza, 1888; engaged in surveying and civil engineering, 1888.92;
took filings on lands for settlers, surveyed their ditches, secured
permits for water, and took final proofs until 1896; surveyed town site
of Basin, 1896, under U. S. Town site laws, and secured the county seat
of Big Horn county; organized Big Horn County Bank, 1898; director same
bank, 1898-1902; 1903 began organization of The Big Horn Canal Co.;
financed and became manager and president same. 1905-8; located Big Horn
Fuel Co. fields, 1908; has practiced law in Basin since; county
surveyor, Brown county, Nebraska, 1882-5; appt U. S. Commissioner, (only
one in Big Horn Basin) 1892-8; county and prosecuting attorney, Big
Horn county, 1899-1903 and appointed to same office, 1913-15; elected
same office, 1915-17; first mayor of the town of Basin; mem. I. O. O.
F.; Elks; M. W. of A.; Eagles. Address: Basin. Wyoming.
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