|EARL S. GAHAGEN.|
Earl S. Gahagen, proprietor of the Plains Garage in
Cheyenne, was born in Saline county. Nebraska, on the 14th of
December, 1886, son of Lem L. and Betsy H. (Good) Gahagen. The father
devoted his life to general agricultural pursuits for some time
and afterward turned his attention to other directions, becoming
secretary and treasurer of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company. while
at the present writing he is manager of the Pebican Bay Woods Company
at Odessa, Oregon. Both he and his wife.are still living and they
have a daughter, while Earl S. is the elder child.
Since leaving the high school, in which he completed his educational training, Earl S. Gahagen has mastered life's lessons in the school of experience. He was early trained to farm work and soon became familiar with the best methods of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. He did not desire to devote his life to agricultural interests, however, and turned his attention to the automobile business when twenty years of age. He came to Wyoming in 1914 and purchased a third interest in a garage on the 21st of February, 1916. On the 15th of April, 1917, he bought a half interest in the business and became sole owner on the 16th of May, 1917, by the purchase of the other shares. He is now owner and manager of the Plains Garage, a well equipped establishment, and he has the agency for the Buick and Cadillac cars. His place is splendidly equipped not only in the sales rooms but also in the repair department and he carries a full line of automobile accessories. He now employs twenty-two men and one girl. The garage covers a large floor space and he occupies three floors and an annex fifty by one hundred and thirty-two feet. His business is a very substantial and growing one and his careful methods have constituted the basis of his success.
Mr. Gahagen is a republican in his political views and fraternally he is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also belongs to the Industrial Club of Cheyenne. He is energetic and enterprising, realizing the fact that success plays as a will-o'-the-wisp before the dreamer and slips away from the sluggard but yields to determined effort and persistency of purpose.