Charles F. Walther, postmaster at Bruceville, Sacramento county, has made a successful business record at this little town, where he has been a resident and in active pursuits since he arrived at years of maturity. He has served as postmaster since the office was established in March, 1897. Mr. Walther's regular business is blacksmithing, and as such he holds the premier position in his town. He has been in this line of business for himself since January 1, 1888, at which time he succeeded his old employer and predecessor, Henry Robertson, under whom he had learned the business in three years' apprenticeship, and one year of journeyman work. He and Mr. Robertson were almost the first citizens on the site of what is now the village of Bruceville, and Mr. Walther has always taken an active interest in the affairs of his community, being eminently public-spirited as a citizen.

Mr. Walther was born in Idaho City, Idaho, December 28, 1866, a son of Charles and Louise (Weismann) Walther, both natives of Germany. At the age of six months his parents brought him to Sacramento countym, locating on a farm near Franklin, so that he has practically spent all his life in the county. The father died on the home ranch in 1878, when Charles was eleven years old, and the mother now resides at Sacramento with her son William. There is one other son, John, who lives near Franklin.

Mr. Walther while growing up attended the public schools of Sacramento county, but from an early age he has been accustomed to the practical duties of life. He was seventeen years old when he began learning his trade of blacksmith, and he has followed it with excellent success ever since.

In 1888 Mr. Walther married Miss Florence Waltenspiel, of San Francisco. By this marriage there were two children, Charles E. and Ethel Pearl. Mrs. Walther died in 1896, and Mr. Walther married for his present wife, in 1897, Lena Christensen, a native of Sacramento county. They have one son, Floyd L. Mr. Walther is a loyal supporter of public education, and has served two terms as a trustee of Carroll school district, being clerk of the board. He is a Republican voter. Mr. Walther is one of the prominent Masons of the county. He is a past master of Elk Grove Lodge No. 173, F. & A. M., is a member of Royal Arch Chapter No. 3, at Sacramento, and of Council No. 1, Select Masters, at Sacramento.

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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