Biography of Charles S. Piner
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CHARLES S. PINER.
Charles S. Piner, who is widely known as the proprietor of Finer's hot sulphur springs, at Calistoga. He was born at Santa Rosa, Sonoma county, California, on the 14th of July, 1858. His father was one of the pioneer settlers in Lake county, and on his arrival there he bought a one hundred and sixty acre ranch, for which he gave a yoke of oxen and four hundred dollars in cash. He was engaged extensively in stock raising, in which he met with fine success, and he also established a dairy farm in that county.

Charles S. Piner attended the district schools during his youth and then went to Kelseyville, Lake county, where he learned the trade of a butcher, and for a time he was engaged in that business there. Later he went to Middletown, Lake county, and embarked in the general mercantile business, remaining there until 1911, when he came to Calistoga and bought one acre of ground, on which he established the resort which under his management has become favorably known all over the state. He has made many permanent and substantial improvements on the place from year to year, and it now is one of the best equipped and most popular resorts in the central part of the state. There are thirty cottages on the grounds, and there is a complete hot sulphur bath equipment, including the sulphur baths, plunges and hot mud baths.

Mr. Piner has taken a good citizen's interest in everything affecting the welfare of the entire community. He was one of the founders and is now the vice president of the Calistoga National Bank, and he was a member of the board of town trustees for four years. Fraternally he is a member of the Woodmen of the World. Mr. Piner is married and has two sons: Frank A., who is teller in the Calistoga National Bank; and Paul R., who is engaged in the grocery business in this city.

From:
History of Solano County, California
BY: Marguerite Hune
and Napa County, California
BY: Harry Lawrence Gunn
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1926


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