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Curtis Templin (1884-1968), distinguished businessman of Wyoming, served as president of the Swan Company, previously known as the Swan Land & Cattle Company, with principal offices in Chugwater, Wyoming.


Mr. Templin started with the Swan Company in 1915 as manager of the Swan land & Cattle Company, Limited, which was one of the oldest and largest sheep and cattle concerns in the West. Mr. Templin was in charge of over 325,000 acres of deeded land and some 125,000 acres of leased lands, on which the company ran in excess of some 60,000 sheep annually, and several thousand head of cattle and horses. They specialized in the Hereford breed of cattle. Through the years the number of livestock increased appreciably. Mr. Templin also engaged in the sheep business on his own through the firm of Templin and Brown. In addition to raising sheep, Templin and Brown also engaged in the fattening of lambs for the market. Their ranch was located on Cottonwood Creek, twenty miles north of Wheatland. After coming to Chugwater, Mr. Templin also served as president of the Chugwater Valley Bank and was a large stockholder and director in the bank as well as in the Swan Company.


Curtis Templin was born on a farm near Palmer, Nebraska, on February 11, 1884, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew M. Templin. His mother was the former Elizabeth Linton Park, of Ireland. The Park family went from Ireland to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and then moved to Nebraska. Curtis Templinís paternal grandfather was Lewis Templin, who was born December 28, 1812, and who died at Canfield, Ohio, on May 8, 1899. He was a native of Canfield, Ohio, and was engaged in the florist business, first in a small way, and later built up large connections, with greenhouses at Calla, Ohio, a town named by the family. He operated as L. Templin and Sons. Mr. Templinís father, Andrew Templin, was born February 12, 1849, at Canfield, Ohio. After reaching manhood, Andrew Templin moved west to Nebraska in 1871. He was a pioneer of ďLone TreeĒ, now Central City, Nebraska, and for a time worked on the section crew of the Union Pacific Railroad at Buford, Wyoming. The elder Templin took up a homestead, also the first timber claim in the Grand Island, Nebraska, district, and later made proof on the first timber claim at Center City, Nebraska. From then until his retirement in 1901 he was engaged in stock raising and farming. He passed away in Omaha, Nebraska, October 7, 1923. His second wife was Elizabeth Park, his first wifeís sister, who passed away June 8, 1909. Their children were Sarah Ann (Mrs. Charles B. Peck), Mary Margaret (deceased), and Curtis Templin, subject of this sketch. Mr. Templinís third wife was Mrs. Catherine Mae McGuire, of Lincoln, Nebraska.


Curtis Templin attended the public schools of Palmer, Nebraska, and high school in Lincoln; then he took a business course at the Lincoln Business College in 1902-03. While going to business college, he was associated with his father in the buying and selling of horses and then entered the employ of the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad at Cody, Wyoming. In 1905 he worked for a short time for the Palmer State Bank at Palmer, Nebraska, but shortly thereafter was transferred to the financial offices of Clay-Robinson & Company, now John Clay & Company at Chicago, Illinois, in the livestock commission and loaning business and remained there for a year. On September 1, 1906, he was transferred to the Stock Growers National Bank, Cheyenne, Wyoming, as bookkeeper and later served as assistant cashier form 1908 until 1913, when he was elevated to the position of cashier and served in that capacity until March 1, 1915. Mr. Templin was transferred to Chugwater, and on May 1, 1915, he became the manage of the Swan Land & Livestock Company.


Mr. Templin was married to Mrs. Lillian Frances Friebe on September 1, 1915, at Muskogee, Oklahoma. Mrs. Templin was born Lillian Frances Leisenring, daughter of Louis and Lillian Elizabeth Leisenring, of Denver, Colorado, on October 10, 1888. Her father followed the mining profession. Miss Leisenring was married to Louis Friebe, and they had a daughter, Lillian Ernestine Friebe, who was born October 22, 1906. The daughter was adopted by Mr. Templin. She was in charge of the stenographic department of Swan Company for four years prior to her marriage on May 17, 1932, to Harry E. Paulsen. Mr. and Mrs. Paulsen make their home in Pasadena, California. Mr. and Mrs. Paulsen have two children: Janet Marie, now Mrs. Ken McAfee, of Dinuba, California; and Carol Frances, now Mrs. John William Mercer, of San Gabriel, California. There are five grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Paulsen: John Richard, Virginia Carol, and Scott Kenneth, children of Mr. and Mrs. McAfee; and Brian William and Elizabeth Katherine, children of Mr. and Mrs. Mercer.


Mr. Templin was an independent voter but a supporter of the Republican party. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge, No. I, Cheyenne, Consistory No. I, Cheyenne, and Korean Templin Shrine, Rawlins, Wyoming. Mr. Templin was also a member of B.P.O.E. Lodge No. 660, Cheyenne. Mrs. Templin is a past matron of the Chugwater Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, past worthy grand matron of the Grand Chapter of Wyoming, and was recently appointed worthy grand electa of the General Grand Chapter by Mrs. James Michelson, most worthy grand matron of the General Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Templin has been a member of the Eastern Star since 1917. Mrs. Templin is an accomplished gofer, having won the Womenís Trophy at Cheyenne Country Club in 1941. She is also a member of the Wyoming Cowbelles.


Mr. Templin was a member of the Cheyenne Country Club, Wyoming Stock Growers Association, and the Wyoming Wool Growers Association.


Mr. Templin passed away December 28, 1968. Mrs. Templin makes her home in Cheyenne and spends her time traveling and visiting her many friends.


Mr. Templin rose to a position of great prominence in the livestock and bank fraternities. His success was the result of hard work, integrity, and his ability to grasp the opportunities presented to him. His passing was a great loss to his family, friends, and the livestock interest of Wyoming.



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