Charles Sollars, proprietor of the Lodi Soda Works and Ice Depot, has long been numbered among the foremost business men of Lodi, and through his business integrity and persevering application to his enterprises has worked his way up to a most laudable success. He manufactures and deals in soda water of all kinds, and in the other department of his business handles hay, coal and ice, being the local agent for the Union Ice Company of San Francisco. His business is located at the corner of Sacramento and Walnut streets, Lodi.

Although not a native son of California, Mr. Sollars has spent practically all his life in this part of the state and is closely identified with its activities and spirit of progress. He was born in Charleston, Lee county, Iowa, March 15, 1859, being a son of Simon O. and Maria (Ball) Sollars, both natives of Iowa. His mother is now deceased, but his father is living at Lodi as one of the venerable old-timers of this part of the state, he being now threescore and ten years old. In 1861, when the son Charles was two years old, the father brought his family across the plains from Iowa to California, driving ox teams, and the toilsome and tedious journey lasted six months.

From that time until he was fourteen his life was spent in Calaveras county, and at that age the family home was transferred to Lodi, where he grew to man's estate and where he has since confined his activities. His education was obtained in the public schools of Calaveras county, but his success in life has been based mainly upon practical experience in the world of affairs. He entered the employ of A. J. Larson at Lodi, the predecessor of Mr. Sollars in the present business, and while in the employ of that gentleman he learned all the details of the trade, so that he was completely equipped for carrying on the enterprise by himself when he bought out his employer in 1888.

Mr. Sollars is prominent in fraternity circles, being affiliated with Lodi Lodge, F. & A. M., with the Lodge of the Knights of Pythias at Lodi, and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Stockton. September 3, 1884, Mr. Sollars married Miss Ann Woodruff. She was born in San Joaquin county, being a daughter of Samuel Woodruff, who resides near Lodi.

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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