CHARLES A. BRONAUGH
Los Gatos Dry Goods
was born in New London, Rails County, Missouri, April 4, 1848. His father, Robert B., was a native of Virginia, and Captain in the regular army during the Mexican War; and in a skirmish with the Mexicans, in September, 1848, was killed, he being in charge of the United States forces in Pueblo at the time. He was also a surgeon during that war. The mother of the subject, Mary (Kendle) Bronaugh, was a native of Maryland, and died in Sumner County, Kansas, in 1884. Charles A. was raised in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois, whither his mother moved in 1858, and was educated at the Military Academy there, and at Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1864 he entered a dry-goods store in Quincy, and remained there two years, after which he attended school again for a while at Poughkeepsie, and upon his return to Quincy again became clerk in a store for one year. In 1870 he went South, to New Orleans and Greenville, making his headquarters at Providence, Louisiana. He engaged in the business of buying and selling cotton, and at the same time carrying on a general merchandise store in Providence. After two or three years he returned to Quincy, and again became clerk in a store, where he remained eight years, when he went into business for himself, and opened a general fancy and dry-goods store, under the firm name of Walker, Bronaugh & Co. In June, 1883, he sold out to his partners and came to California, and located in Oakland, where he became clerk in a store, and a month later took the management of the same store, one of the largest dry-goods establishments in Oakland. There he remained two and a half years, when, his health failing, he took a position as traveling salesman for the Eureka Silk Company, of Boston, Massachusetts, and remained with them about one year. He came to Los Gatos in April, 1887, and the following month went into the dry and fancy goods business, and has been very successful. He makes special inducements to the public, and has special sale days for certain lines of goods.
Mr. Bronaugh was
married, December 3, 1874, to Ella G. Merriam, daughter of D. D. Merriam, of
Quincy, Illinois, an extensive lumberman there. They have two children: Daisy
M., born December 13, 1875, and Daniel D., born December 22, 1878.
Pen Pictures From The
Garden of the World or Santa Clara County, California, Illustrated.
- Edited by H. S. Foote.- Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1888.