Biography of Charles King
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CHARLES KING
Removed from the scene of his earthly activities at the age of fifty one years, Charles King was well known through his long connection with the San Francisco police department and highly esteemed for his worth as a man and as a citizen. Born in San Francisco, March 17, 1880, he was a son of Henry and Mary (Fanning) King, the former born in the outskirts of London, England, and the latter in Kilkenny, a county in Leinster, Ireland. He was a pupil in St. Joseph's parochial school and first worked for the Thomas Day Company of San Francisco. Later he accepted a situation with the Market Street Railway and was with that corporation until July, 1906, when he joined the police force of San Francisco, continuing with the department until his death on the 7th of June, 1931. At the corner of San Jose avenue and Sagamore street he was struck by the driver of an automobile and was instantly killed. For a number of years he was attached to the Ingleside station, where his daily beat was on the Harding links, and he was known by thousands of local golfers. His service as a patrolman covered a quarter of a century, a period marked by unfailing devotion to duty and the capable performance of every task assigned him.

In 1905 Mr. King had married Miss Georgia Miller, a daughter of Dr. J. S. and Susan Elvira (Patten) Miller, the former an early settler and resident of the Santa Maria valley of California. Mrs. King survives her husband, occupying the family home at 394 Laidley street, San Francisco. She is the mother of four children: Charles William, James Wilfred, George Douglas and Virginia Elizabeth, aged respectively twenty five, twenty two, twenty one and sixteen years.

Mr. King was identified with a number of organizations, including the North American Hospital Association, the Widows and Orphans Society, the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the South of Market Boys, and San Francisco Parlor of the Native Sons of the Golden West. He was intensely loyal to his city and state, true to the ties of home and friendship, and faithful to every relation in life. Among his associates he was popular and his sterling traits of character won for him a high place in the esteem of all who knew him.

From:
The History of San Francisco, California
Lewis Francis Byington, Supervising Editor
Oscar Lewis, Associate Editor
The S. J. Clark Publishing Company
Chicago-San Francisco 1931


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