JOSEPH LA RIVIERE.
Joseph La Riviere, who is engaged in the plumbing and heating business at Evanston, was born in Montreal, Canada, March 10, 1850, a son of the late Peter La Riviere, a native of France, who devoted his life to the business of lime manufacturing and won substantial success in that undertaking. He married Susan La Point, also a native of France, whence she crossed the Atlantic to Canada in early girlhood. They were married in Lachine, Canada, where Mr. La Riviere was at the time conducting a lumber camp. There they resided for many years, being numbered among the pioneers of that section. To their marriage were born three sons and two daughters.
Joseph La Riviere was the youngest of the family and was educated in the schools of Canada, but his opportunities to attend school were somewhat limited and in the school of experience he has learned many of life's practical and valuable lessons. When between the ages of sixteen and seventeen years he started out to provide for his own support. Leaving home, he crossed the border into the United States, settling at St. Albans, Vermont, where he entered upon an apprenticeship to the machinist's trade. He was employed in the shops of the Vermont Central Machine Company for seventeen years, proving a most efficient and capable employe, as is indicated by his long retention there. He then determined to try his fortune in the west and on the 10th of May, 1885, arrived in Evanston, Wyoming. His two brothers-in-law, Dick Allard and Louis Allard, were in Evanston at that time but otherwise he was a perfect stranger. On arriving in the city he secured employment in the shops of the Union Pacific Railroad Company and there continued for eighteen years. No one could ever question Mr. La Riviere's fidelity to the interests entrusted to him, as his two long periods of service, one of seventeen and the other of eighteen years, are unmistakable proof of his capability and faithfulness. In 1908 he established business on his own account in the lines of plumbing, heating and sheet metal work, machinery, etc. He has since continued in this field of labor and has built up a business of substantial proportions, having the work of that character in many of the best buildings and homes of Evanston.
On the 24th of May, 1870, in St. Albans, Vermont, Mr. La Riviere was united in marriage to Miss Emily Allard, a native of the Green Mountain state and a representative of one of its old families, formerly established in Canada and of French descent. Mr. and Mrs. La Riviere became the parents of a son and four daughters: Viola, the wife of H. K. Russell, living at Salt Lake City, Utah; Alice, the wife of Roy Dunford, of Evanston, Wyoming; Nelida, the wife of George Dunford, of Evanston, this state; Elvira, who is principal of the public schools of Lyman, Wyoming; and Thomas, who in April, 1917, enlisted in Company H, at Kemmerer, Wyoming, and is now in the military service of the government, in France.
The wife and mother passed away in 1898, her demise causing deep sorrow to her many friends, for she was a woman of refinement and high qualities of character.
The religious faith of the family is that of the Roman Catholic church. They have gained many friends during the period of their residence in Evanston and Mr. La Riviere has long figured as a prominent factor in its industrial circles. In his business career he has worked his way upward by determination, loyalty and capability and is today active in the field of labor which he has chosen as a life work, a liberal patronage being accorded him by reason of his excellent workmanship and his thorough reliability in all business transactions.