Biography of Charles R. Arthur
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Charles Richard Arthur, Son of Pleasant and Agnes Timberlake Arthur, was born in Highland county, Ohio, October 23, 1829. He resided in his native county till he was twelve years of age, and during that time attended the public schools. In 1841 he immigrated to Iowa City, Iowa, in company with his parents, where he remained till 1846. He then returned to Highland county, Ohio, and engaged in clerking in a store which occupation he followed till 1850. In April of that year he started across the plains bound for California and arrived in the State in September of that year. Began mining at once at Hangtown (Placerville), El Dorado county, which he followed for the period of two years. He then started a pack train across the mountains to supply the mines at Gold Canon and trade with the immigration from Salt Lake and the States; in the fall of that year bought a drove of cattle, and in company with I. G. Wickersham drove them to Petaluma, Sonoma county. He remained in Petaluma for the next three years and during the time engaged in merchandising in company with Messrs. Wiley & Overton. In 1856 he moved to Tomales township, Margin county, and began the business of dairying and farming. In 1859 he disposed of his interest there and went to Bloomfield, Sonoma county, and opened a store which he continued till 1873. He then went to San Luis Obispo county; after an absence of two years returned to Bloomfield, and in 1875 moved to Point Arena and began merchandising and conducting the wharf at that place in connection with the business of the store. In January, 1880, the partnership was dissolved. Mr. Arthur retaining the wharf as his portion, to which business he is now attending. April 15, 1855, he married Miss Elizabeth Yanarsdale, a native of Keokuk, Iowa, born February 5, 1835. Their children are: Alice, born January 11, 1856; Edwin, born January 25, 1859; Margaret H., born June 27, 1860; Charles R., born September 26, 1863; Frederick., born August 10, 1865; and Emma B., born October 3, 1867. They have four children deceased.

From:
History of Mendocino County, California
Alley, Bowen & Co., Publishers
San Francisco, California 1880


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