|CHARLES J. OHNHAUS.|
Charles J. Ohnhaus, clerk of the United States district
court, with offices in Cheyenne, was born May 29, 1878, in the city
where he now resides, his parents being John and Anna Ohnhaus. The
father came to Cheyenne in pioneer times and was married in this
city. Charles J. Ohnhaus has one brother and had one sister who has
passed away and he was the second in a family of three children.
At the usual age, while spending his boyhood days under the parental roof, he became a public school pupil and he later attended the high school of Cheyenne and also a business college. At the age of fourteen years he became messenger boy for the Union Pacific Railroad Company and later was call boy and eventually telegraph operator, having in the meantime taken up the study of telegraphy and stenography. His next position was in the office of the superintendent and he was also for a time connected with the master mechanic's office. He then took the civil service examination as a stenographer and was in the government service at Muskogee in the Indian Territory, acting as secretary to the Indian agent of the five civilized tribes. In 1901 he was transferred to the United States navy department and stationed at the Union Iron Works at San Francisco, California. Not being able to remain contented away from Wyoming, he later returned to this state and became stenographer for the clerk of the United States district court and private secretary to Judge Riner. He afterward became court reporter for the federal court and deputy clerk for the United States courts of Wyoming. In November, 19o9, upon the death of Louis Kirk, he was appointed clerk of the United States district court by Judge Riner, and clerk of the United States circuit court by Judges Sanborn, Hook, Vandevanter and Adams. In January, 1912, these two courts were consolidated, and Mr. Ohnhaus was retained as clerk.
On the 25th of January, 1910, Mr. Ohnhaus was united in marriage to Miss Amelia Parshall, a daughter of A. J. Parshall, who was at one time state engineer of Wyoming. They have one daughter, Anne.
Fraternally Mr. Ohnhaus is a thirty-second degree Mason, a Shriner, and is also a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He likewise holds membership in the Industrial Club of Cheyenne. He is fond of tennis and golf; fishes and hunts when opportunity offers, which together with his attendance on the court, which meets each year in all four corners of the state, has caused him to visit nearly every part of Wyoming. Mr. Ohnhaus never allows anything to interfere with the faithful performance of his duties and has gradually worked his way upward in government service by close application and constant attention, until he is now filling his present responsible position of clerk of the United States district court.