CHARLES M. HYATT
That adverse conditions build up strong characters and break down the weak is a truism emphasized in the life of
Charles Hyatt. Fortune smiled but little on his boyhood years; but in the difficult and somewhat bitter school
of experience, his character was formed, his mind developed and habits of self reliance inculcated.
He was born in Indiana, on September 14, 1863. His father, Witt Hyatt, was a soldier in the Civil War, and died
at Nashville, Tenn., leaving five children ranging from the age of four to seventeen. The mother, Margaret (Hughes)
Hyatt was born in Indiana and bravely tried to keep the family together after her husband's death, but finally
succumbed and left the son, Charles M., an orphan at the age of twelve. When only thirteen years of age he had
to start out and make his own living working on farms round about for four dollars a month at first, then six dollars
and eight dollars by the time he was sixteen; when he was seventeen he went to western Missouri, where he received
sixteen dollars a month. In 1886 he went to Nevada and worked in and around Reno until 1889, when he secured a
position with Senator Newlands and worked for him twenty five years.
On September 17, 1885, Charles M. Hyatt married Miss Addie Ramsey, the daughter of William and Louisa (McPeak)
Ramsey. Her mother was a native of Ohio, and died in Missouri about 1904 at the age of seventy seven. Her father
was born in Illinois and died in Kansas at the age of eighty five. There were five children of the union of Mr.
and Mrs. Hyatt: Edna, married Fred Saxer and resides in San Diego; Frank, lives in the Hilmar Colony, he married
Violet Calvin and they have one child; Ethel, married Ed. Ryder and resides in Oakland, and has one child; Charles,
married Miss Bertha Armstrong of the Hilmar Colony and is a rancher; and Lou, at home.
In 1908 Mr. Hyatt made an extensive tour looking for a place to invest the money he had saved in thirty five years
of steady and arduous service. He finally found the Hilmar Colony and finding conditions to suit him, bought twenty
acres for which he paid $92.50 an acre. It is a fine ranch and very valuable, being situated immediately east of
the Union high school building at Irwin, and he improved it with a comfortable living house, barn and other buildings
and planted alfalfa and fruit, etc. Mr. Hyatt died on January 3, 1925, and was buried in the Turlock Cemetery.
He was a man of excellent judgment and business acumen and was well posted on current events and voted for the
candidates and principles which were for the best interests of the majority. He was generous, fair and public spirited
and his death marks a real loss to the community.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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