HON. LOREN W. EMLER.
Hon. Loren W. Emler has been accorded high position by his fellow citizens, having been chosen to the chief office within their power to confer. He is now mayor of Rawlins and is giving to the city a businesslike and progressive administration characterized by needed reforms and improvements. He has closely studied public questions and is working along lines of progress that are producing excellent results.
He was born in Ward, Colorado, August 5, 1872. a son of Daniel Emler, who was a native of Ohio and belonged to one of the old families of that state, of German lineage. He became a stationary engineer and, removing to the west, cast in his lot among the pioneer settlers of Colorado about the year 1871. He took up his abode in Boulder county and there engaged in his chosen avocation, continuing his residence in Colorado until his death, which occurred in 1880, when he was thirty-six years of age. He passed away, however, in St. Louis, Missouri. He had become afflicted with quicksilver poisoning and was taken to St. Louis for treatment, but death claimed him. He had married Delia Hall, a native of Ohio and of English descent. She long survived him and passed away in Boulder, Colorado, in 1915 at the age of seventy-one years.
Hon. Loren W. Emler, their only child, was educated in the public and high schools of Boulder, pursuing his studies to the age of sixteen years, when he started out to earn his own living and entered upon an apprenticeship to the plumber's trade, with which business he has since been identified. He became an expert workman in that line and on the 1st of March, 1906, he removed to Rawlins, where he immediately became connected with the J. A. Bennett Hardware Company, with which he has since been identified. He also has other business interests, for he is conducting a ranch at Meeker, Colorado. Thoroughness characterizes everything that he undertakes and his business efforts have been followed by excellent results.
At Grand Junction. Colorado, on the 15th of December, 1910, Mr. Emler was united in marriage to Miss Grace Beemer, a native of that place, her parents being pioneer settlers of Grand Junction. In his political views Mr. Emler has always been a democrat and worker in support of the party and for the advancement of civic interests. He closely studies the vital questions and issues of the day effecting the welfare of city and state, and his progressive spirit led to his nomination to the office of mayor of Rawlins, to which position he was elected in 1916, so that he is now the chief executive of the city–an important position in this era of national crisis, when his duty involves not only the direction of the ordinary affairs but all those questions which have to do with the suppression of anti-American spirit. He is proving adequate to the situation and has the support of the best people of the city. Fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, having been made a member of the organization at Boulder, Colorado, twenty-three years ago. He has filled all of the offices in the subordinate lodge and is a loyal advocate of the purposes of the organization.