Leopold Kabis, as a young man, arrived in Cheyenne on the 10th day of September, 1867, which was then a part of Dakota territory, and he is today one of a very few living who were here at that early date. Mr. Kabis may be called the longest continuous resident of Cheyenne now living. From time to time he was identified with various business enterprises, each change in business indicating a forward step in his career and utilization of wider opportunities.
Of late years he established, owned and operated the Kabis Cafe for more than ten years. At present he is engaged in fire insurance and general brokerage business, and has been since 1909. He is thoroughly familiar with the value of commercial paper and his study of financial interests of the country has led him to make most judicious investments, not only on his own account but on behalf of his many acquaintances.
Mr. Kabis has been quite prominent in connection with public affairs throughout the entire period of his residence in Laramie county. He was the first clerk of Laramie county, elected to that office which he filled from 1870 to 1872. He was city clerk and assessor of Cheyenne during the same period of time. In 1891 he was elected as a member of the state senate entering upon a four years term in that position, being the first and second sessions of the state legislature, during which time he was instrumental in framing much constructive legislation that has constituted an element in the later progress of the state. In 1892, while still a member of the state senate, Mr. Kabis was a candidate for governor. The convention was held at Rock Springs, Wyoming, there being three candidates for the office, and at length Mr. Kabis withdrew, as also did the other two candidates, and the nomination went to John E. Osborne, who was elected. Mr. Kabis was adjutant general of Wyoming under Governor John E. Osborne, and was also United States deputy revenue collector from 1894 to 1899. It was while he was in the revenue service that he exposed the Chinese registration frauds in 1896, thus rendering signal service to his commonwealth. He has always voted with the democratic party from the first time he voted to the present time, and has stood loyally and firmly to those interests and measures which he has become convinced are for the best interest of the general public.
Fraternally Mr. Kabis is also widely and prominently known. He is a past grand master of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the only living member of the organization that was present at the time the grand lodge was organized in Wyoming in 1873, and has been a member of Cheyenne Lodge, No. 1, of the Order of Odd Fellows since 1868, and is now the oldest living member of that order here. He is also a past chancellor commander of the Knights of Pythias, having been affiliated with that order since 1872. He is a life member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, having become a member of that order in Denver, Colorado, Lodge. No. 17, in 1896. He is a past exalted ruler of and is a charter member of Cheyenne Lodge, No. 660, B. P. O. E.
His qualities, characteristics, and ability along various lines have called him to leadership in connection with business, political and fraternal interests, and today he justly ranks with the prominent, honored and representative men of Wyoming.