Biography of Charles A. Silberhorn
Calpella Township, Mendocino County, CA Biographies





Charles A. Silberhorn. Born in Strasburg, Germany, January 22, 1817. When about five years of age he, with his parents, crossed the waters to New York. Here his father engaged in the packing business, and the son grew up with a common school education, and learned the trade of watch case making, which business he had to stop at the age of sixteen on account of weak eyes. He then engaged in the same business as that of his father, which he followed until 1849. In November of that year an acquaintance of Mr. Silberhorn and a brother in law to Mr. Marshall (the first discoverer of gold in California), received a letter from the latter named gentleman that "gold had been discovered and prospects were flattering." Mr. Silberhorn, in company with thirty nine other men, set about atonce to come hither, leaving New York January 18, 1849, and arriving at San Francisco July 4th of the same year. On account of ill health the subject of this sketch did not go to the mines, but engaged in merchandising at Sacramento until the fall of 1849, when, by high water, he lost goods to the amount of $12,000 dollars. He then engaged in butchering, which le followed until the fall of 1850, when he sold out and returned to New York via Panama. He returned in March, 1851 by the same route, bringing his family with him. He again engaged in butchering at Sacramento, which he continued until the spring of 1852, when he went to El Dorado county and engaged in trade, which he continued until 1858; then mined until 1868, when he came to Mendocino county and settled where he now resides, in Redwood valley. Mr. Silberhorn married, May 4, 1845, Miss Anna Kandinggonda, and by this union they have six children: Harriet, Charles H., Sophiab, John, Louisa, and Addie. They have lost three.

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


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