CHARLES MYRON BURLESON
There are many men in California who have come into the state during comparatively recent years and have been a factor in its development since the war period who are especially deserving of a place in a work of this character, and one of the best known of that class is the leading citizen of Mokelumne Hill, Calaveras County, whose name is above.
Charles Myron Burleson was born in Iowa, April 17, 1853, and came of Scotch-Irish ancestry. Shadrach Burleson, his great-grandfather, from Scotland, was an early settler at Troy, New York, and Mr. Burleson’s grandfather in the paternal line was a pioneer in Iowa, then a part of the territory of Wisconsin, in 1827, and had all the experiences of primitive civilization in that part of the country. William Burleson, the father of Charles Myron Burleson, was born in the state of New York, and was a year old when his father went west. He was educated in the public schools near his prairie home and married Miss Sarah Ann Mallard, also a native of the state of New York, who bore him four children, who with their parents are all living. Mr. Burleson is now seventy-four years old, and his wife is in her sixty-eighth year. The subject of this sketch is the only member of the family not a resident of Jackson County, Iowa.
Mr. Burleson was educated in the public schools in Iowa and at the Iowa State University, at which he was graduated in the class of 1869, as a civil engineer. In 1871 he came to California and lived for a time at Oakland, but for the past twenty years has been a resident of Mokelumne Hill, where he has busied himself with mining and as a surveyor and mining engineer, and has long held the office of deputy United States surveyor. He has been the superintendent of a number of important mines, among them the Concentrator, Empire and Black Wonder mines, and the success of all these properties has been enhanced by the able manner in which he has handled them.
In 1883 Mr. Burleson married Miss Stella M. Wells, who was born at West Point, Calaveras County, a daughter of that prominent pioneer, the late William Wells, and they have three children, named Stella, Norma and Bruce. Mr. Burleson has been a Republican from his youth and he has been elected to the office of supervisor, which he has so well filled that he has no opponent to a re-election. He was received as an Entered Apprentice, passed the Fellow Craft degree and was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in 1874, took the degrees of capitular Masonry, and was exalted to the august degree of Royal Arch Mason, and was constituted, dubbed and created a Knight Templar in 1876, and he has received also the degrees of cryptic Masonry and passed the circle of Royal and Select Masters. He has been secretary of his blue lodge for two decades and he and his wife are members of the Orders of the Eastern Star and Daughter of Rebekah, for Mr. Burleson is prominent also as an Odd Fellow. Mrs. Burleson and their children are communicants of the Protestant Episcopal Church, and the family enjoys a wide acquaintance and its members are highly respected wherever they are known.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.