Carl Irving Wheat


Carl Irving Wheat

Massachusetts, USA
Death 22 Jun 1966 (aged 73)
Menlo Park, San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
Plot Wildwood Section, Subdivision 1
Memorial ID 28333449 View Source
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Son of Francis Irving and Catherine Isabel Pearce Wheat.

Carl I. Wheat, NGH Emeritus, Visitador General, , 416 City Hall, L.A. CARL I WHEAT 05 Dec 1892 15 Jun 1966 (V) 94025 (Menlo Park, age 74 An original member and honored founder of the Revived E Clampus Vitus in the 1930's.

Carl Wheat wrote that in 1930, on the "road from Columbia to Parrott's Ferry" he said to his companion, fellow attorney George Ezra Dane, "Let's revive the Clampers. I do not believe this sensational revelation is entirely true. During his last disabling illness, Carl gave me some Clamper materials. In it, I found where he had put aside notes from books and different little articles that he had found about the Clampers. He had been thinking about the
Clampers for a long time. Anyway, in 1931, at a luncheon at the Clift Hotel in San Francisco, Wheat, Dane, Leon Whitsell and their friends decided to revive ECV. Frederick C. Clift [of hotel fame] was one of the Charter Members.

Carl Irving Wheat, the "revivifier" of E Clampus Vitus, was the most remarkable man I have ever met. Carl was raised in Los Angeles and in 1915 received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Ponoma College. He served in the U.S. Army Air Service in World War I, and after the war he earned his law degree at Harvard. In the 1920s, he was the Chief Counsel of the Railroad Commission of California. He carried on legal work in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and from the mid-1930s, in Washington, D.C. From 1936 to 1938, he was a telephone rate attorney with the Federal Communications Commission, and was in the Federal Government during World War II.

Carl was one of the first members of the Zamorano Club of Los Angeles and a founder of the Roxburghe Club of San Francisco. His enthusiasm for fine printing resulted in his own hand press, the "Wheat Stalk," and his serving as President of the Book Club of California. He was also a director of the California Historical Society and editor of the CHS Quarterly,and as well as being editor of the Quarterly of the Historical Society of Southern
California. Wheat served as President of the Friends of the Bancroft Library and was a member of the National Parks Advisory Board. Of the many books he wrote, his monumental five-volume cartographic study, Mapping the Transmississippi West (1957-63), stands as his most prodigious work. He was an amazing, amazing man, who could tell many stories. I had the pleasure of taking some trips with him, and I was always amazed at Wheat's knowledge of everything.

One trip I remember was going to Downieville to
dedicate a plaque to Clamper Adam Lee Moore. In the front seat with Wheat was Dr. John Lawrence, head of the Donner Laboratory in California, and brother of Ernest Livermore, of today's Livermore Laboratory. They discussed nuclear medicine. Another thing Wheat did is one that I never did when I was driving. I would drive to the place. Carl Wheat had to go off on every dirt road between Camptonville and Downieville to show us some building or mine. He knew the area completely! Carl became ill at the Bohemian Club's Grove and died at the age of seventy-four. I was one of the speakers at the services for him on June 17, 1966. Two years earlier, on May 30, 1964, the Grand Council had unveiled a Plaque in his honor on the Wall of Comparative Ovations in the old gold town of Murphys. Carl's great love was for the Clampers.

He was the first Noble Grand Humbug of the San Francisco Chapter and of the Los Angeles Chapter. In 1954, he was given the title of "His Benign Austerity," and he always called himself the "Perpetual N.G.H. [Noble Grand Humbug] of Skunk's Misery," referring to the name of a mining camp he found on a map while writing his own beautiful, scholarly Maps of the California Gold Regions (1942). As X.S.N.G.H. (Ex-Sublime N.G.H.] Sid Platford said, "There is only one Wheat; the rest of us are chaff."

He was married to Helen, they were the parents of Frank M Wheat and Dr Richard Wheat.

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