Submitted by Marrie Miller
The adventurous spirit which he inherited from a long line of pioneer ancestors, and the enjoyment he has ever found in the wild freedom of the frontier, has kept Amos N Cantley, of Crook county, Wyoming, all of his life on the edge of civilization, his present residence being in the most thickly populated country in which he has ever lived. In his career of wide and varied experience he has had many thrilling .adventures, many hairbreadth escapes from wild beasts and savage men, many sudden calls to high daring and lofty endeavor, and many tests of his endurance, resourcefulness and self-reliance. He is a native of New Haven, Mo, where he was born on October 20, 1850, the son of John L and Elizabeth (Miller) Cantley, who were also born and reared in that state of and by parents who were among its first settlers. When twenty-one years of age his father took up a homestead two miles from his birthplace and has lived on it continuously since that time. When he was twenty-two years old he married and both himself and wife are still living, he being eighty-nine and she eighty-six years old, and both hale and hearty. Their family consists of five children, of whom Amos is the only son. He was sent to school in his native county until he was thirteen and then went to Texas with an uncle, who left him with his family at Gainesville while he went to another part of the state to look up a suitable location for a homestead. The lad was bold and hardy, and chafed under the restraint of his situation, and within a week after his arrival at Gainesville he ran away from his new home and took a position on a ranch to learn the cattle business. From his childhood he was fond of horses and readily took to the life of a cowboy, in which he found congenial employment and just the excitement he craved. Often during the years of his minority the pleasures, toil and tedium of his life were relieved by contests with the Indians, who were nearly always hostile. Once with a companion he was attacked by a party of the savages superior in numbers, but while his companion was killed, he escaped unhurt, having, however, a hard ride for safety. He remained in Texas until 1868, then went to New Mexico and spent a year on the range in that territory. He next appeared in Colorado, near Denver, which was then a small town. All over that state he rode the range and conducted various enterprises until 1882. when he was elected sheriff of Elbert county. He was reelected in 1884 but resigned before the expiration of his term. The country was unsettled, men were desperate and continual nerve and vigilance were required in the administration of his office. On one occasion, when arresting outlaws, he was shot through the arm. The wound made him a cripple for life and frequently gives him trouble now. In August. 1884, he came to Wyoming with a large band of horses which he had bought in Colorado. He kept them the first year on the North Powder River, near his present ranch, and, finding the country inviting and full of promise, in 1885 he took up the ranch on which he now lives, on Wildcat Creek, twenty-five miles North West of Gillette, and here continued to raise horses until 1898. In that year he sold the most of his horses, and bought cattle, and since then has been actively engaged in raising cattle. He is one of the oldest settlers in his part of the state, and has seen it advance from a wild and lonely region to its present vigor and activity of life, fruitfulness and progress, and he has well done his part towards the result. He is a typical westerner, whose bachelor home is everybody's home who drops in there. In politics he is a Republican.
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