Biography of Charles R. Miel
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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 of Elks.

From:
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
and
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1926


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