Charles E. Mackey, a substantial rancher and landowner living in Exeter, former justice of the peace in and
for that district, present constable, formerly and for years in the livery business there and one of the best known
men in Tulare county, is a Missourian by birth but has been a resident of California since the days of his young
manhood. He was born on a farm in Ozark county, Missouri, December 20, 1871, a son of Arch and Penelope (Hawkins)
Mackey, both members of old families in the south and the former of whom, a soldier of the Confederacy during the
time of the Civil war, died when his son Charles was but an infant.
With the exception of two years spent in the state of Arkansas, Charles E. Mackey had his home in Missouri until
he was about eighteen years of age when, in 1889, he came to California and became employed working on ranches
out of Visalia. In 1896 he established his home in Exeter and has ever since been a resident of that flourishing
little city. Upon locating there he opened a livery stable and was for years in business along that line in Exeter.
In 1910 he suffered a serious loss by fire, but rebuilt his stable and continued in business until 1912, when he
sold out and has since been giving his attention to the development of his orchards and vineyards. It was in 1911
that Mr. Mackey bought his first tract of orchard land. Since then he has increased his holdings until now he is
the owner of no less than forty acres of vineyard and fruit lands in various localities hereabout, besides a tract
in Kern county.
Mr. Mackey is an ardent democrat and has long taken an active and interested part in local civic affairs. His first
elective office came to him in 1898, two years after he had taken up his residence in Exeter, when he was elected
constable for a term of four years. At the end of that term of service he was elected, in 1902, to the office of
justice of the peace and served in that magisterial capacity for four years. In 1910 he again was elected constable
and by successive reelections has been retained in that office, thus now serving his fifth term as a law enforcement
officer, this continued service being an evidence of the public's appreciation of the efficacy of the service that
is unmistakable. He and his family have a pleasant home in Exeter and are comfortably situated.
On July 6, 1894, in Tulare county, Charles E. Mackey was united in marriage to the widow of W. R. Hawkins who was
formerly Miss Lou A. Kay, and they have one child: A son, Aubrey Elmer Mackey, who was graduated from the Exeter
high school and is now living in Fresno. Aubrey E. Mackey is a veteran of the World war, having served for two
years and five months in the navy, most of this time having been spent in patrol duty on the Atlantic coast. Mrs.
Mackey is a native of the state of Georgia but has been a resident of California since the days of her girlhood.
For some time prior to her marriage she had been rendering public service as a teacher in the schools of Missouri
and continues to maintain an active interest in local school work, a helpful factor in the general cultural activities
of her home town, and is a member of the Woman's Club of Exeter, a member of Woman's Woodcraft and of the local
Bridge Club and the Thimble Club. Mr. Mackey is a member of the local losge of the Knights of Pythias and is also
affiliated with the Woodmen of the World. He has served as delegate to state conventions, etc.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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