Biography of Bert W. Emerson
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Bert William Emerson, the organizer of The Dalles Garage Company, which was incorporated in 1917, and of which he is president and general manager, was born in The Dallies in 1882, a son of C. W. and Elizabeth (Russell) Emerson, who for years were residents of this part of Oregon. The parents came from California to Oregon in 1879, and for the first three or four years the father worked for the railroad company. On severing his connection with the railroad, he homesteaded a tract of land lying ten miles south of The Dalles, where he remained for several years and where he reared his family. After spending an industrious life on the farm, Mr. Emerson retired from actives work and is now a resident of Seattle, Washington, where he is enjoying the fruits of his labor and energy. His wife's people, the Russells, were pioneers of California when that state was in its formative stage. In the early days, William Hearst, brother of Senator George Hearst, was the owner of a farm which he operated in Wasco county adjoining the Emerson holdings.

Bert W. Emerson was educated in the graded schools of The Dalles and at the Portland Business College. After his graduation, he assisted his father on the home farm and a little later he and his brother took up farming on their own account. He continued his agricultural operations for eleven years, during this period working hard and thereby laying the foundations of his financial success, and for the next three years he engaged in the grain business in The Dalles.

It was in 1917 that Mr. Emerson organized The Dalles Garage Company, which was incorporated in the same year, and he was elected president of the company, a position which he still holds, together with that of general manager. On the corner of Second and Union streets, the company erected a handsome concrete fire proof garage, having a floor space of twenty six thousand five hundred feet. It is divided into storage, accessories and repair departments, with salesroom and office for the clerical staff. The company holds agencies for several of the most popular and well known cars, and their sales of standard makes are gradually swelling with each year of business. The repair department is equipped with the latest appliances and employs only the most expert mechanics. The accessories department carries a complete line of parts and other auto requirements for all makes, including first class tires. In every way this plant is a credit to Mr. Emerson's business acumen and is no less a credit to The Dalles, having very few equals of its kind along the Columbia River highway.

In April, 1903, Mr. Emerson was married to Miss Laura M. Remington, a daughter of William M. Remington, a farmer of Wasco county. The Remingtons, who were pioneers of Nebraska, settled in Oregon in 1894. Two children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Emerson, namely: Ralph, who was accidentally killed in 1918, and a daughter, Elsie, who is now in the Anna Wright Seminary, Tacoma, Washington. Mr. Emerson has never cared for political office, preferring to devote his time and attention to his commercial pursuits. Fraternally he is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in the affairs of which he evinces a warm interest

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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