Charles Herbert Wever, the pioneer undertaker of Alameda, California, has been engaged in business here fourteen years.

He was born in 1850, in Rhode Island, son of Daniel R. and Betsey A. (Austin) Wever, both natives of Rhode Island and representatives of old American families. Daniel R. Wever passed nearly the whole of his life on a Rhode Island farm. In his old age he came to California and died the week following his arrival here. That was in 1893.

Charles H. Wever received his education in the public schools of Connecticut and Rhode Island. By the time he was seventeen he had acquired sufficient knowledge to enable him to teach school and he taught one year. Teaching, however, was not especially to his liking, and his next venture was in a mercantile business in Connecticut. From 1876 to 1879 he was secretary and treasurer of the Bay State Wheel Company, a large manufacturing corporation of Lynn, Massachusetts. He came to California in 1880, locating in San Luis Obispo, where he was first engated in a contracting business and later in undertaking. In 1890 he moved to Alameda, where he has since successfully conducted an undertaking business.

Mr. Wever married, in 1881, Miss Etta F. Fowler, a native of Hartford, Connecticut, and their union has been blessed in the birth of one child, Carl R.

Mr. Wever is a popular member of numerous fraternal organizations. he has been initiated into all the various branches of Masonry, from blue lodge to the shrine, and has been honored by official position in them. He is past grand patriarch of the I. O. O. F., at this writing is colonel of the Second Regiment of Patriarches Militant of the I. O. O. F., and he is grand representative of the Grand Encampment of California to the Sovereign Grand Lodge which convened at Baltimore in 1903. Also he is a member of the K. of P., I. O. R. M., A. O. U. W., Maccabees and Order of Pendo. Politically he gives his support to the Republican party.

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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