CHARLES ARTHUR STIMSON
Charles A. Stimson, who is one of the most valuable employees of the Weed Lumber Company, and a resident of Mount Shasta is also one of his community’s most popular citizens, owing to his fine personal qualities and agreeable manner. A native of Michigan, he was born in Lapeer county, on the 8th of June, 1871, and is a son of Edward and Agnes (West) Stimson, both whom are deceased. The father was a contractor. His wife, a well educated woman, having graduated from college at Ypsilanti, Michigan, possessed marked literary talent, writing both prose and poetry, which were well received by the public.
Charles A. Stimson, the only child born to his parents, attended the grade schools and took a commercial course in a business college in Grand Rapids. He turned his attention to the lumber business, with which he has been identified continuously since. He was connected with lumber concerns in Michigan until 1902, when he came to California and located in Los Angeles, where he remained a short time. He then became saw filer for the Brookings Lumber Company, at Redlands, this state, with which concern he remained for five years. He then came to Siskiyou county and followed his trade there for eighteen years, after which he accepted his present position as head saw filer with the Long-Bell Lumber Company.
Mr. Stimson has prospered in his material affairs and is the owner of eleven acres of well situated land just outside the corporation limits of Mount Shasta. On this land he has erected thirteen bungalows, six of which are constructed of stone and all of which are very attractive in appearance and well arranged, each containing three rooms. The stone from which the cottages were built was quarried in this county. These cottages are for rent to tourists and are continually occupied during the season. Mr. Stimson’s own home, which is probably the finest of his kind in the state, is constructed of stone and rocks of various colors, so blended in the walls as to present a beautiful and distinctive appearance. The rooms are large and commodious, and the building is in a very pretty setting among some one hundred and fifty different varieties of shrubs and flowers. Cedar, pine and fir trees adorn the property, while in front of the house, which faces the main highway, is a beautiful, well kept lawn. On this property Mr. Stimson has five acres of small fruit, mostly raspberries, loganberries and blackberries. His place is known as “Five Oaks Court and Camping Grounds,” its name being derived from the fact that near the entrance to the court stands a large oak tree, which is really five trees in one, each part being of large size. This gave to Mrs. Stimson the idea of the name for the place.
In 1900 Mr. Stimson was united in marriage to Miss Mary Louise Zilliak, who was of French decent, and whose death occurred June 22, 1930, at about the time of the completion of the improvements on their land, in the planning of which she took the greatest interest. To Mr. and Mrs. Stimson were born three children, namely: Agnes is he wife of Robert Wiley Moore, a merchant in the town of Weed; Clement, twin brother of Agnes, is a student in the medical school of the University of California at Berkeley, from which he will graduate in 1932. He married Miss Jessie Tebbe, who was formerly a teacher in the manual training high school at Berkeley, California, and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley; she is a daughter of George Tebbe, an attorney and member of one of Siskiyou county’s old families. The third child, Sylvia, now the wife of Robert Mummey, a music dealer, is a trained nurse of exceptional ability, her services being in constant demand by the physicians of this locality as a special nurse on private cases.
Mr. Stimson formerly supported the republican party, but now maintains an independent attitude in politics, supporting the men and measures which meet with his approval, regardless of party lines. He is a member of McCloud Lodge, No. 430, F. & A. M. of which he is a past master; McCloud Lodge, No. 432, I. O. O. F., of which he is a past noble grand, and of various civic organizations. He is a good citizen in the best sense of the term, giving his support to those things which make for the welfare of the community, and is very highly respected by all who know him.
Transcribed by Joyce Rugeroni.
© 2010 Joyce Rugeroni.