CHARLES R. MIEL.
Charles R. Miel, president of the California Granite Company of Sacramento, Porterville and Rocklin and a large
operator in architectural and monumental stone, with headquarters in Porterville, is a native of the old Keystone
state but has been a resident of California since the days of his infancy and thus all his conscious recollections
center in this state. He was born June 16, 1882, and was but a few months old when in the fall of that year his
parents moved with their family from Pennsylvania to California and settled in San Francisco. Mr. Miel's boyhood
days were passed in San Francisco and in Sausalito and he early became connected with stone quarry operations,
giving particular attention to the working of some of the great granite quarries in this state.
In 1907 Mr. Miel became associated with the operations of the granite quarry in Rocklin, Placer county, and also
with the operations of the Ajax Dredging Company, in putting through the big drainage and irrigation project in
Sutter county. When in the line of further development of the granite quarry in Rocklin the California Granite
Company was organized, with general offices in Sacramento, Mr. Miel was elected president of that company and his
since been thus serving. In 1914 this company took over the operations of the granite quarry at Success, on Rocky
Hill, three miles east of Porterville, and Mr. Miel has since made his general headquarters in Porterville. This
Success quarry was opened in 1913, and when Mr. Miel's company took it in charge operations were extended, and
particularly during the past five or six years these operations have been conducted on a large scale, the demand
for the products of this quarry keeping the force working to capacity. While the quality of the stone at both the
Rocklin and Porterville quarries is excellent, that at the latter quarry is considered superior for building and
monumental purposes and it has come into wide demand. Experts declare that the granite of the Porterville quarry
is more nearly akin to that in the great quarries at Barre, Vermont, than that of any other quarry on the American
continent and it is on this account that one quality of the product of this quarry is known as Newbarre granite,
the other quality being known as the Porterville black granite. In fact, demonstrations have revealed that the
Newbarre granite of the Porterville quarry has a higher resisting strength than the Barre stone, it being able
to withstand a crushing force of twenty four thousand pounds to the square inch.
The popularity of the products of the Porterville and Rocklin quarries of the California Granite Company may be
realized when mention is made of some of the great building projects recently carried out in this state with granite
from these quarries. The new post office in Bakersfield was constructed from this stone and a few of the other
notable building projects based on the use of the products of these quarries include the great new Bank of Italy
building, at the corner of Powell and Eddy streets in San Francisco; the building of the National Bank of D. O.
Mills & Company in Sacramento; the new civic auditorium in Oakland; the new agricultural hall of the University
of California in Berkeley; and many other buildings of monumental character. This granite also is in wide demand
for mortuary monumental uses and some of the finest mausoleums and mortuary monuments in the state have been made
of these products. As a foundation stone this granite also has a wide use and the quarries are kept busy supplying
the growing demand.
During the time of this country's participation in the World war Mr. Miel rendered military service as first lieutenant
in the Quartermaster Corps of the army and was in active service overseas, participating in the decisive campaign
ending in the Argonne forest. His original overseas service was with the Second Division of the American Expeditionary
Forces and when the war came to an end he was with the Seventy seventh Division.
Mr. Miel was married to Miss Ladye Jean Hope, on July 31, 1921 in Memphis, Tennessee. She was born in Tennessee.
They have a very pleasant home in Porterville. Mr. Miel is an ardent sportsman, fond of the hunt, and he maintains
a fine kennel of registered bird dogs. He is a member of Porterville Lodge No. 1342, Benevolent Protective Order
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
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By: J. Larry Smith
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