There has been no element in our American citizenship of more value than that furnished by Germany. The representatives of the Teutonic race have come to America, and, manifesting in different business conditions the same sagacity, enterprise and perseverance that have ever characterized the nationality, they have made for themselves places of prominence in their various communities. Of this class Charles D. Beverson is a representative, and although he came alone to America when a youth of but fourteen years he stands to-day as one of the substantial agriculturists of Santa Clara county, his home being on Milpitas road, and all that he possesses has been acquired through his own labors, well directed energy and capable management.

Mr. Beverson was born in Bremen, Germany, on the 10th of april, 1850, and is a son of Claudius and Meta (Yerkton) Beverson. The father was a farmer by occupation and thus provided for the necessities of his family which numbered five children, three sons and two daughters. Charles D. Beverson spent his early boyhood days upon his father's farm, but he realized the necessity of providing for his own support at an early age, and when the necessity of providing for his own support at an early age, and when but a youth of fourteen he bade adieu to friends and native country and sailed for America. He crossed the Atlantic alone and in due course of time landed at New York. Soon afterward, however, he made his way to California by way of the Nicaragua route and settled in Santa Clara county, where he worked on a farm for a few years. Desiring to become the owner of a farm of his own he took up a homestead government claim, comprising one hundred and sixty acres. Since that time he has engaged in general farming and in the raising of cattle and other stock. His place is pleasantly located on the Milpitas road about two miles north of San Jose and here he has continued up to the present time, operating about four thoursand acres of land for grazing purposes. On this ranch he has a large herd of cattle and his annual sale of stock brings to him a good income.

In 1887 Mr. Beverson was united in marriage to Mrs. Jennie Gallea Williams, who was a native of Ohio and by her first marriage had a son Robert. A daughter Meta was born to Mr. and Mrs. Beverson in 1888. both are students now living with Mr. Beverson. Mrs. Beverson died in 1898, and in 1901 our subject was again married, his second union being with Miss Olive Gallea, a sister of his first wife, who had come from Michigan to make her home with Mrs. Beverson.

In his political views Mr. Beverson is a stalwart Republican and keeps well informed on the questions and issues of the day, so that he is enabled to support his position by intelligent argument. He belongs to the Fraternal Brotherhood. He has carefully watached all indications pointing to success in his business career, has made good use of time and opportunities, and, realizing that there is no royal road to wealth, he has worked industriously and untireingly in the hope of achieving a comfortable competence for the evening of life. Already he is the possessor of a valuable property that ranks him among the substantial citizens of his community.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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