|CHARLES H. LAUB.|
Charles H. Laub is a well known
resident of Sheridan county, Wyoming. where he is engaged in ranching
and also in the conduct of an attractive summer resort known as Piney
Inn, situated at the foot of the Big Horn mountains, twenty miles
south of Sheridan. He was born in Page county, Iowa, May 5. 1871, a
son of Henry and Sarah (Shearer) Laub, who were natives of Germany
and of Missouri, respectively. The father came to America when a
youth of fourteen years and settled upon a homestead farm in Page
county. Iowa. His first residence was a little log cabin with
clapboard roof and ground floor, a stick chimney and a rude door from
which hung the customary latchstring, but though the house was of
primitive construction, its hospitality was warm and generous. for in
those days neighbors were ever willing and ready to extend a helping
hand and the “latchstring always hung out.” Mr. Laub passed
away April 3, 1018, and his wife has also passed away. They were the
parents of thirteen children, twelve of whom reached adult age, while
eight now survive.
Charles H. Laub was reared and educated in Iowa. where he remained until he reached the age of nineteen years. He then removed to Wyoming, thinking to find better opportunities in the great and growing west. He made his way to Sheridan, where he arrived in 1889, and then turned his attention to the live stock business, in which he engaged for four years. On the expiration of that period Mr. Laub was united in marriage to Miss Minnie Welch, a native of Ohio, after which he and his wife returned to Page county, Iowa, where they lived for nine years. They then returned to Sheridan, Wyoming, and Mr. Laub purchased a ranch seven miles from the city. He engaged in the live stock business there and later he sold that property and bought a ranch at the foot of the Big Horn mountains, where he has developed a fine summer resort of three hundred acres, part of his land being under irrigation. The nearest postoffice is at Story. He has erected a commodious and attractive residence or inn, which is situated at an altitude of fifty-one hundred feet, making an ideal summer resort. There are beautiful mountain streams and lakes and the streams are rich in trout. The beautiful mountain parks, surrounded with stately pines and jagged peaks, make an ideal place for camping and a summer outing. All of the conveniences of modern mountain life are available at Piney Inn and an auto stage makes daily round trips to the Inn from Sheridan, bringing the mail, while there is also telephone connection with the city and surrounding country. The rooms are splendidly equipped and the hotel is supplied with running water, while the cuisine adds much to the attractiveness of the Inn. Mr. Laub is also interested in the insurance business, being state representative of the New York Life Insurance Company.
To Mr. and Mrs. Laub were born two children: Burnie, who is now married and is upon the ranch ; and Sarah E., deceased. The wife and mother passed away in 1914 and two years later Mr. Laub wedded Mrs. Estella Thompson, and to this union was born one child, Vivian Gale, on March 15, 1918. The parents are members of the Baptist church and are held in warm regard by all who know them.
In addition to his ranch property in Wyoming, Mr. Laub also owns one hundred and sixty acres of land in Kansas. In politics he is a republican and has served as a member of the school board for several years. He is interested in all that pertains to the general welfare and cooperates in many well defined plans and measures for the public good. He is at the same time an alert, energetic business man and his various interests are wisely and carefully conducted, bringing to him a substantial measure of success.