Charles Fayette “C.F.” McGlashan, Sr

Charles Fayette “C.F.” McGlashan, Sr

Birth
Wisconsin, USA
Death 6 Jan 1931 (aged 83)
California, USA
Burial Truckee, Nevada County, California, USA
Memorial ID 28799538 · View Source
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Charles Fayette McGlashan was a "mover and shaker" in the history of Truckee. Although he is listed by town historians as first coming to Truckee in 1872, he was located in Santa Cruz in the 1880 Census. My Recommended reading for a history on him is Fire and Ice, A Portrait of Truckee or Truckee, An Illustrated History of the Town and its Surroundings by Joanne Meschery. By the 1900 Census Charles and his wife are shown as the parents of 10 Children, 8 still living. Those listed with them are Nettie, June, Mary, Earl, Ann, Lotrus, Myrtle and Bliss. Charles is listed as a Lawyer. On the 1910 Census his family is listed including his wife, and children, June and her husband, George, his son Earl, Daughters: Magueda, Louise, Xaimena and Bliss. He remained in Truckee until his death in 1931.
RENO EVENING GAZETTE - Wednesday, January 7, 1931.
Noted California Figure Dies at His Home in Truckee
--Charles F. McGlashan, at Age of 83, Answers Final
Call; Funeral Tomorrow
Truckee, Cal., Jan. & --- (Special)
Following an illness of several weeks, Charles Fayette McGlashan, eighty-three-year-old pioneer California, whose life and work gave him a place of great prominence in the affairs of his state, died last night at his picturesque home here, which overlooks the town of Truckee where he resided for over half a century.
Funeral services will be held at two o¡¦clock tomorrow afternoon in the Knights of Pythias hall here under the direction of the Knights of Pythias. The body will be shipped to Oakland for cremation.
Rev. P.H. Willis will officiate at the services.
No one man was more prominent in the development of Truckee and Eastern Nevada County in California than Charles Fayette McGlashan. He was born in Beaver Dam, Wis., August 12, 1847, the one son of a family of eight children. His mother died in 1849 and five years later the father took his children to Healdsburg, Cal., where the boy received his early schooling, supplemented by a course at Williston academy in Massachusetts. Returning to California he taught school at Placerville, where he married Miss Jennie Munson, his first wife. In the early seventies he removed to Truckee, where he was principal of the grammar school, studied law, was admitted to practice and became editor of the Truckee Republican, into who editorial columns he injected a vigor that made it one of the most widely quoted papers in the state. In 1879 he married Miss Leonora Keiser as his second wife, who survives and two years later went to Santa Barbara as editor of the Press there, but returned to Truckee in 1883 to reside there until his death.
He was elected to the State Assembly in 1885 and was active in fraternal societies, having been grand chancellor of the Knights of Pythias and prominent in Freemasonry, of which he had been a member for more than fifty years. Truckee lodge recently presented him with a gold button to commemorate this. As an author, he wrote for the Sacramento Record-Union in 1877 the history of the Mountain Meadow massacre, and while editor of the Truckee Republican he published serially a history of the Donner Party, which was subsequently issued in book form and is regarded as the final authority on the subject. Prof. Henry Morse Stephens, eminent historian from Oxford and later of the University of California, praised this history highly in an address at the dedication of the Donner monument in 1918.
He organized the McGlashan Water Company, established the winter sports carnival at Truckee with the
first Ice palace, was a leader in forming the Meadow Lake high school district and engaged in other civic and business activities. As private interests, he took up entomology and astronomy. In the former he created a butterfly farm with the aid of his daughter Ximens, where rare specimens were propagated for collectors and where a new specimen was discovered now known to science as Meletea mcglashanae. In astronomy he started a course of lectures and published a series of seasonal star and planet charts, having among his pupils Dr. F.S. Burckalter, now director of Chabot observatory, Oakland. He presented to Truckee high school a telescope and other astronomical apparatus. Geology and topography also interested him.
Adjoining his home he build the noted rocking-stone museum, where there is a large collection of California historical relics, ancient native weapons and the like and which is especially notable for its Donner party remains.
McGlashan had eleven children, of who the survivors are: Undine (Mrs. C. Bradley of Pasadena), Nonette (Mrs. J.S. Hennessy of San Francisco), June (Mrs. C.F. Kelley of San Francisco), Elizabeth (Mrs. W.W. Gilmore of Berkeley), Lotus (Mrs. Jackson Gregory of Pasadena), and Zimena (Mrs. C.F. Howard of Schofield Barracks, Honolulu) and Bliss (Mrs. George Hinkle of Palo Alto). A sister, Mrs. M. Kensell, lives in Oakland and there are nineteen grandchildren. Of his daughters, June is a successful lawyer, Ximena a noted research worker in entomology and Nonette has won wide celebrity as a sculptress.



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  • Created by: Chaun Owens-Mortier
  • Added: 5 Aug 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 28799538
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Fayette “C.F.” McGlashan, Sr (12 Aug 1847–6 Jan 1931), Find A Grave Memorial no. 28799538, citing Sierra Mountains Cemetery, Truckee, Nevada County, California, USA ; Maintained by Chaun Owens-Mortier (contributor 46899820) .