CHARLES A. SIEGEL.
Charles A. Siegel. who is engaged in the bakery and confectionery business in Evanston, manifests in his commercial career an alert, enterprising spirit which brooks no obstacles, and overcomes all the difficulties that continually arise in business activity. He has built up his trade on a basis of excellence of output and honorable dealing, and his patronage is steadily increasing. Mr. Siegel is a native of Alsace, France, born on the 10th of December, 1858. His father, Joseph Siegel, was also a native of Alsace who after the Franco-Prussian war was one of the many who signed the declaration that he wanted to remain French. He served in the French army five years, stationed at Lyons, in the Twelfth Leger, under Louis Philippe, afterwards returning to his home town, Rhinau. He was asked and accepted a government position with the Douane, or as a line guard. He passed away in Basel in 1883 at the age of eighty-three years. Throughout almost his entire life he was in government service and became widely known as a most capable, reliable and trustworthy official, enjoying the respect, confidence and honor of colleagues and contemporaries. He married Walburga Heitzman, also a native of Alsace, who died in 1869. In their family were six children, of whom three are living: Mrs. Helen Lohrer, living in Basel, Switzerland; Frank, who is a baker by trade and makes his home in Boise, Idaho; and Charles A., of this review.
The last named was educated in the schools of his native country and at the age of fourteen years entered upon an apprenticeship to the baker's trade under his brother-in-law, Adolph Gurtler, with whom he worked for four years, thoroughly mastering the bakery and confectionery business. He afterward followed his trade as a journeyman in Belfort, Vesoul and Gray, France, until 1879, when he determined to try his fortune in America, believing that he might have still better business opportunities on this side of the Atlantic. He first took up his abode in New York city, where he was employed as second baker in the Coleman House at Broadway and Twenty-seventh street. There he remained for two years, after which he removed to Worcester, Massachusetts, where he secured a position in the Bay State House, working as a baker there for a year. Again, however, he heard the call of the west and made his way to Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he resided for nine years. He was there employed in the old Transfer Hotel, conducted by the Union Pacific Railway Company, after which he removed to Ogden, Utah, where his brother had preceded him. He was the baker at the Reed Hotel for nine years and from Ogden went to Pocatello, Idaho, where he was employed by the Oregon Short Line Railroad as a baker in the Railroad Hotel. He spent three years at that place and then removed to Evanston, where he arrived on the 25th of July, 1907. Here he established his present business, which has been developed from a small beginning to one of the large and important enterprises of this character not only in Uinta county but in western Wyoming. He conducts both a wholesale and retail business. His products are of excellent quality and his reasonable prices and straightforward dealing have been salient features in his growing success. He is most careful in the management of the business and sees that sanitary conditions are at all times followed in the production of the output.
On the 27th of October, 1887, Mr. Siegel was united in marriage at Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Miss Annie Quinn, a native of Ireland, who came to America with her brother Thomas Quinn, and settled at Council Bluffs. There she passed away November 26, 1892. at the comparatively early age of thirty-two years, leaving two children: Mary and Joseph, who were born in Council Bluffs. Joseph is now associated in business with his father. On the 31st of August, 1908, in Evanston, Wyoming, Mr. Siegel was again married, his second union being with Miss Johanna Morganson, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, and a daughter of James Morganson, who was one of the early pioneer settlers of Wyoming.
Mr. Siegel gives his political endorsement to the democratic party, which he has supported since becoming a naturalized American citizen, but the honors and emoluments of office have had no attraction for him as he has always preferred to give undivided attention to his business affairs. His religious faith is that of the Roman Catholic church. In 1913 he and his wife took a trip to Europe, visiting his old home in Alsace. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to come to the new world, for here he has found the opportunities which he sought and in their utilization he has made steady progress, being today one of the prosperous business men of Evanston. His diligence and persistency of purpose have constituted important elements in his growing success and he is now controlling a wholesale and a retail trade of large and gratifying proportions.