Biography of Charles J. Christie
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CHARLES J. CHRISTIE. - This pioneer citizen of Eureka, whose death occurred March 6, 1907, was well known in Humboldt county as an excellent horseman, and he was in business at Eureka for a number of years prior to his decease, starting the enterprise in which his son succeeded him and which is now carried on by his daughter, Miss Josephine Christie. Her able management has won her the admiration of all who have had occasion to transact business with her, and under it the trade has shown a steady increase. Miss Christie has displayed a self reliant spirit in undertaking to continue the business and has proved her competency in the care of all its details.

The late Mr. Christie was a native of Calais, Me., and there spent his early life. While still living in the east he married Margaret Orr, who was also born in Maine, and they came to California in the early days, making the trip to Eureka by way of Cape Horn. Mr. Christie had always been fond of horses and skillful in their management, and he found work in the woods as a teamster, being so expert as a driver that he often drove eight or ten horse teams. For a time he was engaged in the livery business at Ferndale, Humboldt county, but he returned to Eureka, where he established a large business in draying and retail wood, also doing general teaming. He was thus engaged until he turned the business over, in 1901, to his son, Charles Frederick. His death occurred when he was sixty six years old, at Eureka, his wife surviving him four years, her demise occurring May 5, 1911. His son, Charles Frederick Christie, took hold of the business from its inception, expanding it by his energetic methods, and was doing well when he died, April 7, 1912. Since then it has been carried on by Miss Josephine Christie, who is doing all that intelligent attention and first class system can accomplish, and her success has been a matter of interest to all the townspeople, for she was the first woman at Eureka to undertake anything in that line of business. She keeps five horses, two teams being usually kept busy filling orders. The principal trade is in sixteen inch stove wood, redwood and pine. About thirty five hundred cords of wood are handled yearly, and coal is delivered for the Hammond Lumber Company, the yards being located at the foot of I street. Though the greater part of her attention is given to business, Miss Christie never hesitates to lend her aid and influence to any worthy movement started in the community, where her enterprise has gained her the unqualified respect of her business associates and friends alike.

Miss Christie continues to occupy the old family home at No. 1304 G street, Eureka. The family of Charles J. and Margaret (Orr) Christie consisted of three children, the son and daughter already mentioned, and Alice G., now the wife of Charles W. Hitchings and residing at Eureka. Miss Christie is a native daughter of Eureka, where she passed her earlier life.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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