CHARLES F. RIEDLE
The position of postmaster in any town or city is an office of public trust and the holder of such a position is
selected for the post because of his personal qualifications and ability. Such a man is Charles F. Riedle of Los
Banos, who received his appointment from President Wilson, although he is a Republican in politics. He was born
in New York City on October 15, 1885, and his education was obtained in the grammar and high schools in that metropolis
and in Macon, Mo., which he supplemented by attending Park College in Parksville, Mo. This schooling enabled him
to secure an appointment in the United States postal service in Denver, Colo., which he held for eight years. He
arrived in Los Banos in 1914 and engaged in the building business, later becoming a contractor, specializing in
erecting dairy buildings on the ranches in the vicinity of Los Banos. He was building up a reputation for efficiency
and his abilities were soon to gain recognition.
The fire which caused the loss of over one million of dollars occurred in Los Banos on August 27 and 28, in 1919,
and it was the day following that he received the appointment as postmaster. He was confronted by a serious problem,
that of keeping the postal service in operation and creating order out of chaos. This he did to the eminent satisfaction
of the citizens, who recognized in Mr. Riedle distinct qualities of leadership, and he won and has since maintained
the confidence of all the people of Los Banos. He is a booster of the highest order for Los Banos and vicinity.
Fraternally he is a Knight Templar Mason and Shriner, holding his membership in Denver, Colo. Locally he belongs
to the Los Banos Chamber of Commerce.
History of Merced County, California
With a Biographical Review
History by John Outcalt
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1925
Merced County, CA
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