Pueblo County, Colorado
RHOMINE G. BONKER
Contributed by Karen Mitchell.
Rhomine G. Bonker is the proprietor of the Santa Fe Trail Garage, located in
Pueblo, and in the conduct of the business displays a spirit of enterprise
which, coupled with close application and indefatigable energy, is winning for
him substantial and well merited success. Mr. Bonker is a native son of
Michigan, his birth having occurred at Eaton Rapids on the 11th of May, 1875,
his parents being O. H. and Julia Sweezy Bonker, both of whom have passed away,
having spent their last days, however, in Colorado, where the father engaged in
carpentering and building.
Rhomine G. Bonker pursued his education in the public schools and in the
school of experience has learned many valuable lessons which have been of great
worth to him in the conduct of his business. He has ever retained a receptive
mind, so that he has continually added to his knowledge, and he displayed marked
ability in imparting to others the knowledge that he had acquired, during
seventeen terms in which he engaged in teaching. He followed the profession in
Alma, Wisconsin, and also in North Dakota. In 1901 he came to Colorado, where he
engaged in railroad work for a few years. He had previously learned the plumbing
trade and was master plumber with the railroad company for a period of twelve
years. In the fall of 1917 he purchased his present business in Pueblo in
connection with a partner and. winning success in the undertaking, he has since
purchased the interest of his partner in the business, which he is now carrying
on independently under the style of the Santa Fe Trail Garage. He has a large
service department, does vulcanizing and all kinds of repairing and handles
tires and other automobile accessories. The growth of his business is indicated
in the fact that he now employs six men and he has a large and well equipped
garage, the floor space being eighty-eight by one hundred and twenty feet, with
a storage capacity for one hundred cars. He makes every effort to thoroughly
accommodate his patrons and care for their interests and his uniform courtesy as
well as his capability constitutes one of the elements in his growing patronage.
On the 21st of September. 1904. Mr. Bonker was united in marriage to Miss
Nora Cox, and though they have had no children of their own, they have reared
three boys, one of whom is now connected with the navy, while one is an
electrician in Colorado mines and a third is in high school.
In politics Mr. Bonker has always maintained an independent course,
considering the capability of the candidate rather than his party ties. His
religious faith is that of the Baptist church, to which he loyally adheres, and
he is interested in all that has to do with the public welfare of Pueblo and
this section of the state, cooperating in many well defined plans and movements
for the general good.
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