CORNELIUS E. RAAB.
While Cornelius E. Raab of Laramie, Albany county, is not numbered with the pioneer settlers of Wyoming, his presence in his community is being felt on account of his sound business judgment and his participation in any movement for the betterment of conditions in the state. He was born across the water but has become a naturalized American citizen and has displayed marked devotion to the country of his adoption.
He was born in Hungary, June 1, 1876, a son of Ludwig and Caroline (Thomay) Raab, who spent their entire lives in Hungary. The father was a man of liberal education and learning, who engaged in teaching in his native country. He passed away at Hollo Lomniez, Hungary, in 1904, and his widow is still living in Hungary. They were the parents of seven children.
Cornelius E. Raab, who was the third in order of birth, attended the schools of his native country, passing through consecutive grades to the high school. In his boyhood he began learning the machinist's trade, which he followed up to the time of his emigration to the new world. It was in 1902 that he crossed the Atlantic to America, arriving on the shores of the new world on the 1st of February. He settled in Philadelphia and afterward lived for a time in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while since then he has made his home in Wheeling, in Cheyenne and in Laramie. He continued to work at the machinist's trade and in Cheyenne was employed in that capacity in the machine shops of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. He afterward came to Laramie for the same company but in 1914 he established himself in the tire and vulcanizing business, in which connection he has developed a trade of extensive and gratifying proportions. He has today one of the large establishments of this character in Wyoming and the excellence of his work insures to him a very liberal patronage.
On the 24th of November, 1908, Mr. Raab was united in marriage to Miss Bertha Marcelly, of New York city, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Marcelly, who were natives of Hungary. They have become the parents of three children: Clara, who was born in Cheyenne in 1909 and is now attendirg school; Irene, born in Laramie in 1912; and Hillary, born in 1914.
Mr. Raab is connected with the Woodmen of the World. He stands high in public regard in Laramie in those circles where genuine worth is always recognized. He has made for himself a creditable place in business, and is concentrating his efforts and attention upon his interests in a manner that insures splendid results. All who know him recognize in him a business man of that class upon which the city must depend for its further development and progress.