CHARLES A. CARROLL.
Perhaps no single agency has done so much to encourage and stimulate public progress as has the press, and an enterprising,
well edited journal is an important factor in promoting the welfare and prosperity of any community. One of the
leading and most influential newspaper men of Napa county is Charles A. Carroll, editor and publisher of the Weekly
Calistogian, of Calistoga. He stands high in general esteem, for he has at all times consistently fought for those
measures and supported those movements which have been advanced for the public welfare and the betterment of the
Mr. Carroll is a native son of California, and he was born in Mendocino county on the 11th of April, 1873. He received
his education in the public schools of his home neighborhood, and on June 20, 1887, he became a printer's "devil"
in the office of the Mendocino Beacon. He learned the printing trade and eventually became foreman of that office
and finally associate editor, thus receiving a thorough training in every department of newspaper work. From there
Mr. Carroll went to Ukiah, where he served for a time as associate editor of the Dispatch Democrat, and he was
later employed on the San Francisco Chronicle. On July 1, 1895, he came to Napa county and bought the Weekly Calistogian,
which had been founded here in 1877. During the subsequent years to the present time, embracing a period of over
three decades, he has devoted himself indefatigably to the interests of his paper and has been a potent factor
in the development and prosperity of Calistoga. The Calistogian is a well edited paper, the equal of any of its
contemporaries in neatness of typographical style, and stands in the forefront among the newspapers of this part
of the state. Mr. Carroll endeavors to give the news while it is news, and the columns of his paper have been kept
free of all objectionable reading matter, thus making it a welcome visitor in the best of homes.
On August 6, 1896, Mr. Carroll was married to Miss Mertie E. Bennett, a native of Ohio, and they are the parents
of a daughter, Lois A., who is a teacher in the Armijo union high school, at Fairfield, Solano county. Mr. Carroll
is a member of the board of directors of the Calistoga National Bank. Fraternally he is a member of Calistoga Lodge
No. 233, Free and Accepted Masons; Calistoga Chapter No. 118, Royal Arch Masons; Napa Commandery No. 34, Knights
Templar; the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Native Sons of the Golden West. Personally he is a genial and friendly
man, kindly and generous and eminently public spirited. He has been an earnest and persistent booster for his home
city and county, and his efforts have been fully recognized and appreciated by his fellow citizens.
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Napa County, CA
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