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Chartz Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: NC101
The collection includes legal cases in which Alfred participated, miscellaneous political campaign materials, records of various businesses in which family members were involved, and records of the Knights of Polacre (a Carson City fraternal organization).

Dates

  • 1880-1930

Creator

Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Extent

14 Cubic Feet (27 boxes)

Abstract

Business and legal records of Alfred, John and Carl Chartz. The collection includes legal cases in which Alfred participated, miscellaneous political campaign materials, records of various businesses in which family members were involved, and records of the Knights of Polacre (a Carson City fraternal organization).

Biographical Note

Alfred Jean Chartz

Alfred Jean Chartz was born February 9, 1851 in La Baye du Febvre, Quebec, Canada and became a Nevada journalist, businessman, and lawyer expert in mining and water litigation. As a boy, he came with his family to California but ran away and came to Virginia City, Nevada, in 1869. He worked a number of odd jobs and became a pressman for a paper in Carson City and then in Eureka. He studied law while in Eureka and was admitted to the bar in 1894, and was a practicing attorney for forty years.

Alfred Chartz also was involved in banking. He was director of the Bullion and Exchange Bank & Trust in Carson City until 1907, and organized the Farmers Bank in Minden. He held a number of mining claims and ranches. He married Emma Rader in 1877 and they had two sons, John MacGregor Chartz and Carl W. Chartz, and two daughters who survived. Alfred Chartz died 1943 in Carson City, Nevada.

John MacGregor Chartz

John MacGregor Chartz was the son of Alfred and Emma Chartz. He was born at Virginia City, Nevada, May 4, 1889, and attended Carson City high school. He completed work on his law degree at the Hastings Law College of the University of California, 1912. He was district attorney of Ormsby County and the city attorney of Carson City from 1913-1917, and held the same posts from 1919. He married Marguerite Kenny in California in 1914 and they had three children. He was active in a number of organizations including the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Carl W. Chartz

Carl (or “Karl”) W. Chartz was the son of Alfred and Emma Chartz. He was born in Virginia City, Nevada, March 7, 1893. He completed his schooling in Carson City, Nevada, and entered the furniture business after graduation. He was active in clubs and was a member of the Order of Eagles in Carson City. After war broke out he tried and failed to join the army, but finally was able to join on October 2, 1918. Nine days after his arrival at Fort Logan, Colorado, he died of influenza October 19, 1918. He was buried in Carson City, Nevada.

Arrangement

The Chartz Family Papers are arranged into the following series:

Series 1: Legal

Series 2: Criminal

Series 3: Legal Shorthand Notebooks

Series 4: Miscellaneous Legal

Series 5: Miscellaneous Legal

Series 6: Business

Series 7: Personal

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from William P. Wreden in July 1964.

Creator

Title
A Guide to the Papers of the Chartz Family
Status
completed
Author
Robert Armstrong
Date
1966
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

Contact:
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