|MARTIN J. GOTHBERG.|
Martin J. Gothberg is a capitalist residing at Casper.
He is prominently identified with the sheep industry in Natrona
county and is also closely connected with the oil interests of this
section of the state, his investments having been so judiciously made
as to place him among the most prosperous residents of his locality.
He was born February 29, 1864, but was only six months old when
brought to America by his parents, Edwin H. and Sophia (Cretchmer)
Goth-berg, the former a native of Sweden, while the latter was born
in Germany. After crossing the Atlantic to America the father began
the manufacture of chandeliers, establishing business in New York
city in 1865. He continued in that business throughout his remaining
days and passed away in South Orange, New Jersey, in May, 1916. His
widow still survives and yet makes her home in South Orange, at the
age of eighty-four years.
Martin J. Gothberg was the fourth in order of birth in a family of eight children, of whom two have now passed away. In order of birth these children were: Ernest W., who is deceased; Tressa, who is the widow of Theodore Koezly and has one daughter, Doretta, residing in South Orange, New Jersey; Bernard, of Roselle Park, New Jersey, who is married and has a family of three children; Martin J., of this review; Lillie, who has passed away; Mrs. Sophia Fuller, of Roselle Park, New Jersey, who has one son, Clinton; Mrs. Minnie Lund, of Long Branch, New Jersey, who has two children, Gladys and Willis; and Herman, also of Roselle Park, who is married and has two children, Mildred and Arthur.
Martin J. Gothberg, as previously stated, was but six months old when brought by his parents to the United States. The family home was maintained in New York city for about four years, after which they removed to Greenville, Hudson county, New Jersey, where he was reared to manhood and acquired a common school education. At the age of seventeen years, or in 1881, he came to the west, making Cheyenne, Wyoming, his destination. He remained for only a few months at that time, however, and went to Denver, where he resided from September, 1881, until April, 1882. He then again came to Wyoming and lived in Cheyenne and in the neighborhood of the Chug Water country until February, 1883, when he took up his abode in the vicinity of Fort Casper, although no town had been started at the time. Mr. Gothberg began working as a range rider and cowboy for the Seewright Cattle Company, which discontinued business in 1886. In the meantime, on the 5th of April, 1885, he had filed on a homestead of one hundred and sixty acres at the foot of Casper mountain, which at that time was nine miles west of what is now the city of Casper. After the Seewright Cattle Company disposed of their interests Mr. Gothberg worked for about two years for the J. M. Carey Cattle Company, which was headed by Judge J. M. Carey. In 1886 he took up his abode upon his homestead, but in the meantime worked for others for a few years, and in 1888 he began raising cattle upon his homestead and developing the property. He was thus engaged until 1898, at which time he partially discontinued the cattle business and gave a portion of his time and attention to sheep raising, which he has since followed. At this writing, in 1918, his holdings comprise about twelve hundred acres of patented land in Natrona county and about four hundred acres in Carbon county. In 1908 he erected a beautiful modern residence in Casper and took up his abode in the city, in order to give his children a better education. He is a very prominent business man and is numbered among Casper's wealthiest residents, for at at all times his investments have been judiciously made and his interests carefully conducted. He has ever been watchful of indications pointing to success, and with the development of the oil fields he became an important factor in promoting the oil industry and is now president of the Casper Petroleum Company, president of the Bantry Oil Company, a director of the Blackmore Oil Company and a director in several other large business interests. He is likewise half owner of the Ideal apartments, one of the most modern, complete and attractive apartment buildings in Casper. He likewise has many other real estate holdings in the city, having made extensive and judicious investments in property, from which he now derives a most gratifying annual income.
On the 7th of May, 1895, Mr. Gothberg was united in marriage to Miss Mary Enid Brandt, who was born in Laramie City, Wyoming, and is a daughter of one of the old pioneer families of the state, her parents being M. L. and Dora Brandt. To Mr. and Mrs. Gothberg have been born four children, all of whom were born on the homestead ranch nine miles west of Casper. Edwin G.. the eldest is a member of the Three Hundred and Fifty-second Aviation Corps of the United States Army and is in training at Kelly Fields, San Antonio. Texas. having enlisted on the 12th of December. 1917, while a student at college in Boulder, Colorado. Adolphean is a graduate of the Casper high school. Walter A. is now attending the high school, and Emma L. is a student in the grammar schools of Casper.
Mr. Gothberg and his family attend the Methodist Episcopal church, and fraternally he is conected with the Masons. His political allegiance is given to the democratic party where national issues are involved, but at local elections he casts an independent ballot, voting for men rather than for party. On the 6th of November, 1917, he was elected to serve as a member of the city council of Casper, entering upon the duties of the position on the 7th of January, 1918. He is much interested in community affairs and gives hearty endorsement to all well defined plans and measures which he believes will prove of benefit to the community at large.