H. D. BEEMER.
Without special advantages at the outset of his career, H. D. Beemer has worked his way steadily upward in business connections and is today one of the substantial citizens of Laramie, where he is engaged in dealing in paints and oils. He is otherwise connected with the business development of his adopted city, being one of the directors of the First National Bank. He stands at all times for progress and improvement and gives his aid and cooperation to all movements for the general good.
A native of Pennsylvania, he was born in Newton township, Luzerne county, August 29, 1849, a son of Elias and Phebe (Albright) Beemer, the former a native of New Jersey, while the latter was born in Binghamton, New York. Removing to Pennsylvania, the father settled in Newton township, Luzerne county, near Scranton, being one of the early residents of that locality. He took up his abode upon a farm and devoted his life to general agricultural pursuits, spending his remaining days in that locality. He passed away in Newton township in 1906, after reaching the venerable age of ninety years. During the period of the Civil war he served as one of the Home Guard. His wife also died on the old homestead farm, passing away in 1908, after reaching the seventy-eighth milestone on life's journey. In their family were seven children.
H. D. Beemer was the fourth in order of birth. During his boyhood days he became a pupil in the little country schoolhouse near his father's home in Newton township, Luzerne county, which he attended for several terms. He afterward concentrated his entire attention upon farm work and early became familiar with all the duties and labors that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. He was thus employed until he reached the age of sixteen years, when he decided to learn a trade and took up the business of carriage painting with William Blume & Company, under whom he served a four years' apprenticeship. In 1874 he made his way to Omaha, Nebraska, and immediately secured employment in the car shops of the Union Pacific Railroad, where he remained for a year. In 1875 he was sent by the railroad company to Laramie and for a time remained in the railroad service. At length, however, he decided to embark in business on his own account. Laramie was steadily growing, new buildings and residences were continually being erected and he felt that he might engage in some profitable line of business having to do with the substantial growth of the city. He therefore opened a paint house and has since been engaged in dealing in paints, oils and kindred lines. He has now been active in this field for forty years and is regarded as one of the most reliable as well as one of the oldest merchants of the city. He entered that field when Laramie was a small town and his business has developed with its growth, making him one of the prosperous merchants of the city. He has also been identified with the First National Bank for eighteen years as one of its directors and is regarded as a man of sound judgment, keen sagacity and unfaltering enterprise.
In 1885 Mr. Beemer was united in marriage to Miss Mamie Ensor, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of Columbus Ensor. Her father died soon after the Civil war from a wound sustained in battle. Mr. Beemer has been tendered various offices of public trust by his fellow townsmen who recognize his worth and ability, yet many of these he has declined. He has served, however, for one term as city treasurer of Laramie and for four terms occupied the position of city councilman, exercising his official prerogatives in support of plans and measures for the general good. He has also been a director of the Carnegie Library. Fraternally he is well known as an exemplary Mason, having taken the degrees of the York Rite, and with the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine he has crossed the sands of the desert. He is also a charter member of the Elks lodge of Laramie and is prominent in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has taken various degrees and is a past grand sovereign. He belongs to the little group of distinctively representative business men who have been the pioneers in inaugurating and building up the chief interests of this section of the state.