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Charles Augustus Pool

The auditor of Sonoma county since 1902, Charles Augustus Pool is a native of the county, born near Windsor, in the Russian River valley, December 2, 1868, a son of Henry Jackson and Mary Elizabeth (Wolfe) Pool. The former was born in Hopkinsville, Ky., May 8, 1829, and died in California January 10, 1897, and the latter, a native of Missouri, died in Sonoma county in 1876 at the age of twenty-nine years. The father was a farmer all his life and came across the plains with an ox-team train in 1852, being a member of the same party as Henry Lawrence of Petaluma. On arriving in San Francisco he decided to go to old Sonoma county and look for employment and soon after arriving accepted a position as foreman of a ranch where a dairying business was conducted with success. After a two years’ stay in California he returned, via the Isthmus, to the east and later in the same year travelled over the plains the second time with stock. The lady who became his wife came to California when but a child and remained at Woodland for a time, then went to Healdsburg, where, at the age of sixteen, she married Henry Jackson Pool. Of this union there were born five sons and two daughters, as follows: Walter B., a resident of Berkeley, Cal.; William H., searcher of records in Santa Rosa; Frank J., of Windsor’; C. A., of this review; Arthur J., deceased; Mary N., who became the wife of Ralph W. Herriott; and Florence, who died in childhood. The father of this family was a man well known in the district in which he lived for so many years and in which he had developed a fine fruit ranch, and also engaged in stock-raising and dairying. He was a prominent member of the board of supervisors and a Democrat in politics and his name is to be found on the charter membership list of Russian River Lodge, F. & A. M., of Windsor, Cal., of which he was master for a time.

Charles Augustus Pool was born into a family that has established a good name and a fine record. His early years were spent on the home ranch on which he was born. He attended the public schools of the district and thus obtained the rudiments of his education. On graduating from the common schools he attended the Normal college at Santa Rosa in order to prepare himself for the vocation of teacher. He then taught school from 1890 to 1903 at different points in Sonoma county and during the years 1900-1-2 he was a member of the county board of education. His work as a teacher and as a member of the board of education had been watched by many and was received with admiration generally. Consequently, when, in 1902, he announced himself as a candidate on the Democratic ticket for the position of county auditor, he was strongly supported and in the fall of the same year he was duly elected to the office. On his election he resigned his position as a member of the board of education and gave up teaching to accept that which called for greater exercise of wisdom and more keen judgment. So well has he filled his position that, in the years 1906 and 1910, he was re-elected.

In March, 1905, Mr. Pool was married to Miss Helen E. Schubert, a native of San Antonio, Tex., but at that time a resident of San Francisco, Cal., and ever since their marriage they have made their home in Santa Rosa. Mr. and Mrs. Pool have one child, a daughter, Rosalie. Mr. Pool is a Democrat in politics, but is not an active politician, preferring to wield his influence in a quiet and unassuming manner. He is a Scottish Rite Mason and a member and past master of Russian River Lodge No. 181, F. & A. M. He is also past president of the Santa Rosa Parlor of Native Sons of the Golden West. Since his election to his present office he has served the county with punctilious care and discharged his duties as county auditor in a commendable manner. Mr. and Mrs. Pool enjoy the honor and esteem of many friends and acquaintances, who have learned to love them for the geniality of disposition and sterling qualities.


Source:
History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011