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Charles A. Storke
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 74th district
In office
January 7, 1889 - January 5, 1891
Preceded by Russell Heath
Succeeded by W. A. Hawley
Member of the California State Assembly
from the Santa Barbara County and Ventura County district
In office
January 8, 1883 - January 5, 1885
Succeeded by abolished
Personal details
Born (1847-11-19)November 19, 1847
Branchport, New York, US
Died December 6, 1936(1936-12-06) (aged 89)
Santa Barbara, California, US
Political party Democratic
Mary Emeline "Mattie"
(m. 1873, unknown)

Yda Hillis Addis
(m. 1890; div. 1894)
Children Thomas M. Storke
Education Cornell University
Military service
Branch/service  United States Army
Battles/wars American Civil War

Charles Albert Storke (November 19, 1847 – December 6, 1936) was a prominent lawyer in 19th century California.

American Civil War

Charles Albert Storke was a soldier in the Union Army. He survived "the terrible slaughter of Cold Harbor, where, out of four companies, sixty-nine percent were killed, and the rest captured. The prisoners were sent to Libby, Andersonville, Savannah, and other prisons ...." Storke was discharged on May 26, 1865. He graduated from Cornell University in 1870.

His early career


After teaching for two years in Brooklyn, Storke moved to Santa Barbara, California, as a teacher on the bequest of T. Wallace More, a cattleman who had made his fortune during the California Gold Rush selling food to gold miners. Storke taught mathematics and Latin to local children, including More's daughter, Mattie. Impressed with fourteen-year-old Mattie's good looks and her family's wealth, Storke proposed to her, and the two were married September 10, 1873. Storke lost interest in teaching once he realized he would never make much money in the occupation.

Newspaper publishing

Having worked as a printer's devil while attending Cornell, Storke understood that publishing was a lucrative and growing field. He borrowed money from his wealthy father-in-law to start a newspaper in Los Angeles. When the enterprise failed, he returned to Santa Barbara. He did not have money to start a new business and he owed his father-in-law a large sum of money. Having run out of options, he devoted his time to reading the law and became an attorney. He handled his father-in-law's legal affairs including drafting his will. Storke saw to it that upon More's death, the majority of his estate would go to Mattie.

Political career

Storke was elected to the California State Assembly in 1882, serving from 1883 to 1885, and elected again in 1888 for the 74th district, serving from 1889 to 1891. He opposed the Southern Pacific Railroad because he was not a part of the so-called political machine.

When Storke discovered that Luther Ingersol was compiling a biographical book about the prominent citizens of Santa Barbara and nearby counties, Storke was pleased to be interviewed by the well-known writer Yda Addis. Storke was attracted to Addis for her quick mind, her good social standing and her fame as a writer. Addis, on the other hand, saw Storke as a man who could offer her financial security. They were married on September 10, 1890. The marriage was not a good match, and a divorce followed.

Charles A. Storke later remarried. He continued to practice the law and helped his son Thomas to enter the publishing of the Santa Barbara News-Press, then called the Santa Barbara Post.

He died in 1936, at the age of 89.

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