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Submitted by Elizabeth Burns, Aug 2002

Harry E. Wootton
Arizona, the Youngest State, pg 13

One of the enterprising, progressive and successful young businessmen of Bisbee is Harry E. Wootton, proprietor of a large hardware, plumbing, heating and tinning establishment.  He was born in St. Paul, Nebraska, December 1, 1881, a son of William T. and Cassie N (Etchison) Wootton, the former a native of England and the latter of Iowa.  The father is well known in railroad circles of McCook, Nebraska, having been identified with that line of work for the past twenty-five years.  He and his wife have five children: Jennie E, who married F. E. Whitney, of McCook Nebraska; Harry E., of this review, Naomi E., who is chief bookkeeper in the Nebraska Telephone Company's office at Lincoln; Carrie May, who married Alvin R. Roland of McCook and Lee R. who lives at home.

Harry E. Wootton acquired his education in the public schools of Nebraska and before he was 22 had served an apprenticeship in a railroad tin shop, where he remained 4 years.  After he began his independent career he worked at his trade in various places, but in February, 1905 came to Cochise County, Arizona and located in Douglas.  He has followed his trade in that city and in Courtland and Bisbee for the past seven years but has his principal business interests in the last named place.  When he first came here he formed a partnership with M. Mainland and they embarked in the plumbing and heating business, continuing their association until 1912, when Mr. Wootton purchased his partner's interest.  Since that time he has conducted the enterprise alone under his able management his patronage has increased steadily, the volume of business done being now three times the original amount. 

Mr. Wooton is a keen and able business man, capable of coping successfully with modern conditions and standards and basing success upon such dependable qualities as industry, perseverance, and determination.  He has worked earnestly and persistently in building up his trade to its present size and well deserves the high place whichhe holds in business circles. He owns beside his hardware, plumbing and heating establishment much valuable residence property in Bisbee and so profitable ranch in Sulphur Springs Valley.

On November 28, 1912 Mr. Wooton was united in marriage to Miss Viola E. Huddy, a native of Tombstone, Arizona and a daughter of Daniel and Mary (Hoar) Huddy, both born in England. In their family were four children: Viola E., now Mrs. Wott, Ethel, who married Charles Phillips, of Pearce Arizona, Gladys who is attending school and Ruth who is also pursuing her studies.

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