Lovejoy, Elmer F., 1872-1960,

Dates:
Birth 1872
Death 1960

Biographical notes:

Elmer Lovejoy (1872-1960) was a businessman and inventor. In 1893, he opened a general repair shop in Laramie, Wyoming. In 1902, he built and drove Laramie's first steam-driven automobile. In 1905, he invented an automobile steering gear, and in 1918 and 1921 patented automatic door openers. His Lovejoy Novelty Works was a dealership for Franklin automobiles. Lovejoy was also a bicycling enthusiast.

From the description of Elmer F. Lovejoy papers, 1891-1945. (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 27765241

Elmer Floyd Lovejoy was a Laramie, Wyoming, businessman and inventor. He was born in Illinois on February 2, 1872, to George W. Lovejoy and his wife. Elmer Lovejoy came to Laramie in 1883 for health reasons and soon developed an interest in mechanics. He opened a general repair shop, Lovejoy Novelty Works, at 412 S. 2nd St. in 1893, and a few years later he built a steam-powered automobile incorporating design innovations of his own. In 1902, he built and drove Laramie’s first steam-driven automobile. In 1905, he invented an automobile steering gear, and in 1918 and 1921 he patented designs for automatic garage door openers. Lovejoy also operated a dealership for Franklin automobiles. Lovejoy was active in the Laramie Bicycle Club and was an amateur photographer. On August 27, 1895, he married Nellie Oakley. The couple had a son, Orell, who was born in 1898.

From the guide to the Elmer F. Lovejoy papers, 1891-1945, (University of Wyoming. American Heritage Center.)

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Subjects:

  • Railroad snowplows
  • Railroad accidents--Wyoming
  • Pets
  • Parades
  • Railroad bridges
  • Automobile racing
  • Ranch houses--Wyoming
  • Fish hatcheries--Wyoming--Albany County
  • Parades--Wyoming--Laramie
  • Hunting
  • Train robberies--Wyoming
  • Pets--Wyoming--Laramie
  • Ranch houses
  • Automobile dealers--Wyoming--Laramie
  • Motion pictures
  • Train robberies
  • Automobiles
  • Automobile dealers
  • Hunting--Wyoming
  • Fishing
  • Inventions--Wyoming--Laramie
  • Fish hatcheries
  • Cycling--Wyoming--Laramie
  • Inventions
  • Railroad accidents
  • Motion pictures--Wyoming--Laramie
  • Railroad bridges--Wyoming
  • Cycling
  • Mechanically-operated doors--Patents
  • Fishing--Wyoming
  • Automobiles--Wyoming--Laramie

Occupations:

  • Businessmen
  • Inventors

Places:

  • Libby Creek (Albany County, Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Red Buttes (Albany County, Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Centennial (Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Laramie (Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Wyoming (as recorded)
  • Sherman Hill (Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Red Buttes (Albany County, Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Sand Creek (Albany County, Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Centennial (Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Libby Creek (Albany County, Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Wyoming--Laramie (as recorded)
  • Sherman Hill (Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Sand Creek (Albany County, Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Laramie (Wyo.) (as recorded)
  • Wyoming--Albany County (as recorded)