CHARLES WILLIAM EYER.
Charles William Eyer, proprietor of the Crystal Theater in Porter, a veteran of the World war with an overseas
record and one of the enterprising and progressive business men of Porterville, has been a resident of California
for about fifteen years and is quite content to regard this as.his definite home. He was born in the city of Milwaukee,
Wisconsin, April 1, 1889, and is a son of William and Anna (Eichsteadt) Eyer, both members of well established
families of that place, the latter of whom is still living, now making her home in the vicinity of Salinas in Monterey
county, this state. William Eyer died in Milwaukee, in December, 1889, his son Charles then having been but nine
months of age, and his widow continued to make her home in that city until she took up her residence in California.
Reared in Milwaukee, Charles William Eyer acquired his education in the schools of that city and early became apprenticed
to the highly technical trade of the photo engraving art, finishing a three year apprenticeship to that trade and
becoming a skilled photo engraver. Instead of following this trade, however, Mr. Eyer became connected with government
operations on the Great Lakes and was thus connected until 1911, when he came to California, locating at Beaumont
in Riverside county. For five years he remained there and in various parts of southern California and then engaged
in ranching in Madera county, being thus occupied when in the spring of 1917 this country took a hand in the World
war and called on its young men to prepare to go to war. Mr. Eyer lost little time in getting into the army and
after a period of intensive training was assigned to the Fortieth Division and with that command went overseas,
where he presently was transferred to the Thirty seventh Division. For eight months Mr. Eyer was in overseas service,
during this time participating in some of the important campaigns which marked the closing months of that great
war, these including service on the Flanders front, the Ascott river and the Lys sector. During one of these engagements
he was severely gassed and was for some time a sufferer from that cause.
Upon the completion of his military service in 1919, Mr. Eyer returned to California and resumed his ranching operations
in Madera county, where he remained for a year, at the end of which time, in 1920, he moved to Porterville and
there bought the Crystal Theater, which he since then has been quite successfully operating, this place of entertainment
having come to be recognized as one of the most popular in this section of the state.
On November 21, 1917, Charles W. Eyer was united in marriage to Miss Louise Abbott of Porterville and they have
one child, a daughter: Charlotte Louise. Mrs. Eyer was born in Porterville and is a daughter of Daniel Abbott and
Francis E. (Fine) Abbott, the former of whom was a member of one of the pioneer families of Porterville. Daniel
Abbott, who died at his home in Porterville, in 1916, was but a youngster when he came with his parents across
the plains to California in the fall of 1859, but he ever retained vivid recollections of a thrilling brush with
the Indians which the party with which he was traveling had during that long trip.
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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