H. A. CHARTERS.
The most powerful influence in shaping and controlling public life in any community is the press. Reaching a greater
number of people than any other agency, it is unquestionably a most important factor in moulding public opinion
and shaping the destiny of the nation. One of the most influential journals in the San Joaquin valley is the Tulare
Daily Register, owned and published by H. A. Charters, dean of the editorial fraternity of Tulare county. He was
born on the 23d day of January, 1855, in Crescent City, Del Notre county, California, a son of Oliver and Delilah
(Bradford) Charters. His father was a native of New York state, going from there to Michigan, whence, in 1852,
he made the long journey by ox team to California, locating in Hangtown (now Placerville). The mother of H. A.
Charters is a direct descendant of William Bradford the first governor of Massachusetts colony.
H. A. Charters attended the public schools and at the age of sixteen years went to work in a sawmill. Two years
later he began an apprenticeship to the printing trade in the office of the Del Norte Courier and from that time
to the present has been continuously identified with the printing business in one form or another. He was employed
at his trade in various cities of the state, including San Francisco and Bakersfield, and in December, 1882, came
to Tulare and went to work on the Register. He has been connected with this paper continuously since, with the
exceptions of a short period as news editor of the Visalia Delta and one year in San Francisco. Mr. Charters is
thoroughly familiar with the details of every branch of the printing business, including job printing. In 1903
he bought an interest in the Register and for several years has been sole owner of the paper and plant. The daily
edition of the Register has been issued continuously since 1888 and during these years it has been a potent force
for good and for the betterment of the community along legitimate lines. Mr. Charters is a forceful writer and
possesses to an unusual degree the natural instinct for news without which no man can be a successful newspaper
man. The Register is one of the best edited newspapers in the San Joaquin valley and its typographical style is
at once attractive and satisfactory. Mr. Charters is a member and president of the Tulare County Association of
Newspaper Owners and Proprietors. Personally he is a man of modest and unassuming manner, but genial and approachable,
and he occupies an enviable position among the representative men of Tulare county.
Mr. Charters was married to Miss Anna Marie Whiteside, who was born and reared in Kansas, and they are the parents
of two sons: Harold and Clifton. The former is now a bookkeeper in the First National Bank of Tulare; and Clifton,
who for two years attended Fresno State College, where he was quite prominent in athletics, is a Junior in the
University of California at Berkeley. Mr. Charters is a Mason, in which order he has taken the degrees up to and
including that of Royal Arch Mason; belongs to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, the Woodmen of the World
and the Fraternal Brotherhood. His residence on Lindsay highway, at the outskirts of the city, is one of the most
attractive homes in Tulare.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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