OSCAR LOUIS HENKEL.
Oscar Louis Henkel, secretary and treasurer of the Pacific Market at Rock Springs, was born at Green River, Sweetwater county, Wyoming, October 16, 1891, a son of the late Ludwig Henkel, who was a native of Germany and came to America in 1885, making his way direct to Green River, where he was successfully engaged in the live stock business and also conducted a liquor business and a sheep ranch. His several interests were carefully managed and brought to him a substantial measure of success. In 1894 he removed to Rock Springs, where he resided until the time of his death, which occurred October 3, 1911. when he had reached the age of fifty-six years. In early manhood he wedded Louise Schneider, a native of Germany, who came to America in 1887, settling in Baltimore, Maryland. There she became the wife of Mr. Henkel. They had been companions in childhood and were educated in the same school. Mrs. Henkel is still living in Rock Springs. By her marriage she became the mother of four children: Louise, who is the wife of O. E. Bradbury, cashier of the First National Bank at Evanston, Wyoming; Helen, who is the wife of Joseph L. Whitman, engaged in the oil business in Casper, Wyoming: Arthur G., who is a law student in the State University of California; and Oscar L., of this review.
The last named was the second in order of birth. He was educated in the public schools of Rock Springs and when fifteen years of age made his initial step in the business world, being first employed in sheep shearing. In 1907 he entered the meat business in connection with the Chicago Meat Market of Rock Springs, with which establishment he was associated until 1915. He learned the trade during that period and afterward removed to Riverton, Wyoming, where he entered business on his own account, conducting a store successfully at that place for eighteen months. He then sold out and returned to Rock Springs, where he purchased his present business, becoming secretary and treasurer of the Pacific Market, which is one of the best establishments of the kind in the state. It is thoroughly modern and sanitary in equipment and in conduct, and in every particular shows the supervision of a wide-awake, alert and energetic business man. The shop has an output of twenty cattle a month, from forty to fifty sheep and upwards of two thousand pounds of dressed pork and about eight calves. The company also carries a full line of seasonable vegetables and fruit, together with canned goods and canned meats. The meats carried are all home dressed and the company makes it its custom to handle the best of everything. The trade has steadily grown and city markets cannot afford better opportunities for shopping in this connection than can be found at the Pacific Market of Rock Springs.
On the 3d of April, 1916, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Mr. Henkel was married to Miss Elizabeth Lembie Longi, a native of Kemmerer, Wyoming, and a daughter of William Longi, who is now a resident of Astoria, Oregon, but was one of the pioneers of Wyoming. Mr. and Mrs. Henkel have become the parents of a son, Harry Oscar, who was born at Rock Springs, January 11, 1917.
Mr. Henkel maintains an independent course in regard to politics, voting for men and measures rather than party, fraternally he is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Rock Springs, and his religious faith is that of the Congregational church. He is widely known as a progressive and representative business man, his life record being the expression of the dominant spirit of the west. He never stops short of the successful accomplishment of his purpose and regards the obstacles and difficulties in his path rather as an impetus to renewed effort. His life history indicates the fact that it is under the pressure of adversity and the stimulus of necessity that the strongest and best in man is brought out and developed. As the years have gone on he has wisely used his opportunities and step by step has worked his way upward until he has reached a most gratifying position among the business men of his section of the state.