Walter Siegel, proprietor of the Lincoln Highway Garage at Green River and filling the office of county commissioner, is thus actively identified with business and public interests and in all that he does or attempts he is actuated by a spirit of progress and advancement.
He was born in Chicago, Illinois, March 6, 1887, and is a son of Carl and Adeline (Dryer) Siegel, both of whom were natives of Germany. They came to America about the time of the Chicago fire. The father was engaged in the hide business in that city for the firm of Smith & Gaensslen and is still a resident of Chicago but is now living retired at the age of seventy-two years. He was married in New York city to Adeline Dryer, who passed away in 1890 at the age of forty-four years. They had a family of five children: Mrs. Minnie Bennett and Mrs. Martha Bennett, both of whom are residents of Chicago; Walter; Helen, living in Chicago; and Carl, whose home is in Florida.
In his boyhood days Walter Siegel attended the public schools of Chicago and on starting out on his business career secured employment in the works of the International Harvester Company at South Deering, Illinois. He remained with the company for two and a half years, thoroughly learning the machinist's trade, and in 1903 he sought the opportunities of the growing west, making his way to Green River, Wyoming, where he entered into business relations With the Sweetwater Brewing Company. He spent several months there and then engaged in the cattle business, to which he devoted several years. For two years he traveled over the west to the Pacific coast and was employed along engineering lines. He then returned to Wyoming and for one year was connected with the sheep industry. He then turned his attention to the liquor business, in which he engaged for a year, and on the expiration of that period built the Lincoln Highway Garage in 1915 and has since conducted it. This is a well appointed establishment and the excellent work turned out has won for the business a liberal and well deserved patronage.
On the 26th of December, 1912. Mr. Siegel was married to Mrs. Charles Harris, a widow, and a daughter of Thomas Whitmore, who was clerk of the district court of Green River. By her former marriage she had two daughters: Margaret, who was born in Green River in October, 1903; and Lillian, who was born at Green River in March, 1906, and is attending the public schools. Mr. and Mrs. Siegel have become the parents of a son, Tom, born in Green River, December 14, 1915.
The parents are members of the Episcopal church and fraternally Mr. Siegel is connected with the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Woodmen of the World. Politically he is a republican, having supported the party since casting his first presidential vote. In 1917 he was chosen county commissioner of Sweetwater county for a two years' term. He has worked his way upward and his business success is the direct result of his labors. He is today at the head of a substantial and growing business and has one of the best equipped garages in the state. His property interests are a monument to his enterprise, perseverance and skill.