Biography of Charles H. Eberle
Round Valley Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Charles H. Eberle. Born in Philadelphia, May 31, 1833. His father, Charles Louis, was also a native of that city, and was of German descent. Mrs. Rachel Eberle, the mother of Charles H., was of Puritan stock, a native of Massachusetts, and came from the Atherton and Adams families of that State. At the early age of twenty five, she was left a widow with four small children, her husband having been lost on the steamer Lexington on Long Island Sound. Mrs. Eberle gave all her children the advantages of a good education in the excellent schools of the old Bay State. Charles H., arrived in San Francisco on the 6th day of July, 1849, on the ship Edward Everett from Boston. He was the protege of Captain Smith, the Master of the vessel, and was the youngest member of the ship's company, some two hundred in number. He proceeded, immediately on his arrival, to Sacramento, spending the summer and fall there, in the employ, as clerk, of Sam. Merritt, the man who built the first brick house in that city, on the corner of Second and J streets. Steve. Massett, afterwards known throughout the world as "Jeems Pipes of Pipesville," was then doing an auction business a few doors from there. The following winter was spent by him in San Francisco. In February, 1850, he started for the Feather river mines. Joined the crowd bound for Gold Lake, did not find that famous lake, but, with his crowd, arrived at Rich Bar, middle fork of Feather river, and was among the first to locate claims there. He and three others, in less than an hour, took from a crevice on the bar, thirty seven pounds, weighed by steelyards, of heavy, coarse gold. He followed mining, trading, and packing until 1857, when he left the mines, and came to Mendocino county, and located upon a ranch in Round valley, about two and one half miles from Covelo. In 1874, he moved to that town, but still owns and conducts his ranch, consisting of four hundred and forty acres. Married, October 23, 1879, Mrs. Melissa A. Robinson, a native of Chester county, Pennsylvania, Mr. Eberle has seven children by a former marriage.

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


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