Biography of Wallace H. Christie
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Wallace H. Christie of Emeryville is regarded as one of Alameda county's leading citizens and men of affairs, having long been actively identified with important business and industrial interests, while in his home community his standing is well indicated by the fact that he has served as mayor of Emeryville continuously since the incorporation of the town, covering a period of thirty two years.

Mr. Christie was born in Atlanta, Logan county, Illinois, on the 14th of December, 1860, and is a son of James R. and Miriam (Deaver) Christie, both now deceased. The father was a veteran of the Civil war, having entered the service as a captain and honorably discharged with the rank of colonel. He was descended from a long line of American ancestors, the family having been established in this country in about 1719. On the maternal side the Deavers were of French extraction and Mrs. Christie's ancestors located in Maryland in 1655 and by 1672 were living on Lord Baltimore's grant. Her grandfather, John Deaver, was a cadet in the American line and served under General Washington at Valley Forge. He rose to the rank of captain and served throughout the Revolutionary war without pay.

Wallace H. Christie received his educational training in the public schools of his native state and in boyhood learned the art of telegraphy, which vocation he followed for a short time. He then went to the Black Hills in Dakota territory, and in that wild and sparsely settled country he served as messenger for a stage company. Later he became interested in mining, with which he has ever since been identified to some extent. For a time he was general manager of the Idaho Stage Company, which operated in several states, with headquarters in Salt Lake city. In the performance of his duties Mr. Christie did much traveling over the stage routes and was one of the pioneers in the freight and passenger transportation business of the west.

In 1894 Mr. Christie came to the Bay section of California, and shortly afterward located in Emeryville as manager of the Judson Iron Works. He has continued his residence here to the present time and has been one of the leaders in the development and improvement of this section of Alameda county. When Emeryville was incorporated, December 1, 1896, he was chosen mayor and so satisfactorily has been his administration of the municipal affairs that he has held the office by repeated reelections to the present time. During these years he has been actively interested in mining and gold dredging and in recent years has given considerable attention to the oil business.

Mr. Christie was united in marriage to Mrs. Christine (Lees) Golding, of Utah. He is a democrat in his political alignment and is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, in which he has received the degrees of both the York and Scottish rites, and he is a Noble of the Mystic Shrine. He also belongs to the Sons of the American Revolution, the Military Order of the Loyal Legion and the American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers. Everything relating to the wellbeing and growth of the community or county enlists his earnest support, and his fine public spirit and high type of citizenship have commended him to the confidence and respect of his fellowmen.

From:
History of Alameda County, California
BY: Frank Clinton Merritt
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill 1928


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