Henning Svenson, a skilled representative of the art of
photography in Laramie, was born in Kiel, Germany, July 9, 1879.
His father, the late John Svenson, was a native of Sweden and was a
machinist by trade. He went from his native country to Kiel, Germany,
where he resided until his death, which occurred April 23, 1900,
when he was fifty-seven years of age. He married Elizabeth Hass, a
native of Germany, who passed away in Kiel, July 7, 1913, when
sixty-four years of age. In their family were six children, all of
whom are living.
Henning Svenson, who was the fourth in order of birth, pursued his education in the public schools of his native city and afterward served a three years' apprenticeship at photography. He also attended the industrial schools of Kiel and through two semesters devoted his attention to the study of art including free hand and model drawing. He then engaged in photographic work in Switzerland and in Paris, France, for four years and in 1903 sought the opportunities offered in America, arriving in New York city, where he was employed in the studio of Mrs. Amy Du Pont, who had one of the leading studios on Fifth avenue. He spent a year there, after which he removed to Webster City, Iowa, where he became associated with his brother, John Svenson, in establishing a studio under the firm style of Svenson Brothers. That business is still being conducted by the senior member of the firm. In September, 1905, Henning Svenson came to Laramie and immediately entered the business circles of this city by establishing a studio on North Third street and since the fall of 1910 he has been located at No. 314 South Second street. He conducts a studio unsurpassed in the state, utilizing the latest processes of developing and finishing pictures, while his artistic sense makes him duly appreciative of all those values which have to do with the highest grade of photographic work. He is likewise greatly interested in an apiary and has the distinction of being the first and only bee keeper in Albany county. In this branch of activity he finds both pleasure and profit.
On the 3d of October, 1906, Mr. Svenson was married in Webster City, Iowa, to Miss Marie Magdalene Widmann, a native of Illinois and a daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Menke) Widmann, the latter a resident of Webster City, Iowa. The former passed away in August, 1917, at the age of seventy-five years. He was a successful and prominent farmer of Hamilton county. To Mr. and Mrs. Svenson have been born three daughters: Helen, who was born in Laramie, August 10, 1907; Annelies, born March 11, 1909; and Lottie, born March 27, 1913.
Mr. Svenson has always given his political allegiance to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise. He belongs to the Chamber of Commerce of Laramie and is identified with various other organizations having to do with the welfare and upbuilding of the city. He holds membership in St. Paul's German Lutheran church, of which he is a trustee. He belongs to the Laramie Maennerchor and served as its secretary for seven years, from 1906 until 1913. He was also its president from 1914 until 1916 and he is much interested in musical activities. Thoroughly satisfied with Wyoming as a place of residence, he would not care to live elsewhere, believing that the state has a wonderful future. He stands for those public-spirited interests which work for progress and development for the city and for the commonwealth, and his own career has been characterized by a progressiveness that results only from laudable ambition wisely and carefully directed. In his chosen field of art he has held to the highest standards, recognizing that skill and efficiency are the broad foundation upon which to build success.