CHARLES EUGENE DAY
Of the “art preservative of arts,” Charles Eugene Day is a representative, being the editor and publisher of the Calaveras Chronicle, the oldest weekly paper in the state. The publication of this journal was begun in October, 1851, and has never missed an issue! Mr. Day has not only kept it up to its highest standing but has also improved it in many respects.
He was born on the 7th of September, 1862, and is of French descent, his father, Francis Day, having been born in France, whence he came to the United States when fourteen years of age, establishing his home at Mokelumne Hill in 1854. When making the voyage to California the vessel on which he took passage was shipwrecked on San Mezitas Island, but with others Mr. Day succeeded in escaping to the island, losing, however, all of his possessions. On a whaling ship he completed his journey to California and resided at Mokelumne Hill until his death, which occurred in 1897, when he was eighty-six years of age. He had married Miss Josephine Stiquel, a native of his own country. Their marriage occurred in New York. Mrs. Day came to California with relatives in 1856 and now resides with her son Charles E. at Mokelumne Hill, at the age of seventy-six years. She was the mother of four children, one of whom was born in the east and the others in this city.
Mr. Day of this review was educated in the public schools of Mokelumne Hill and here learned the printer’s trade, continuing in the office from 1884 until 1892, after which he became a member of the force of the San Andreas Prospect for eight years. Since that time he has been the editor and publisher of the Calaveras Chronicle. He has made journalism his life work and is a capable and reliable newspaper man.
Mr. Day is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and of the former is a past master, while in the latter organization he has served as noble grand. He also belongs to the Order of the Daughters of Rebekah and is an exempt fireman. A lifelong Republican, he upholds the principles of that party in the Chronicle, and through the columns of his paper he has done effective service for Republican interests. He is now the chairman of the Republican county central committee and his management of the campaign is fruitful in its beneficial results.
In his business Mr. Day is associated with Alfred Pincombe, who was born in Vallejo, California, on the 28th of January, 1862, and is a practical printer. He was admitted to partnership by Mr. Day, and both gentlemen enjoy the confidence and good will of the patrons of the paper.
Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.
© 2010 Gerald Iaquinta.