Posted by Carolyn Schwab on Sunday, November 04, 2007 at 14:23:00 :
Wednesday, February 13, 1929
C.W. WRIGHT, Larkspur Pioneer, Dies Suddenly
Was Very Active in Early Day History
CHARLES WILLIAM WRIGHT, one of the founders of Larkspur, died in San Francisco on February 3.
Death was caused by an illness which was the outcome of the shock suffered when his home was burned in Larkspur last fall. Among the furnishings were rare paintings and items of historic value.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Masonic Temple in San Francisco, under the auspices of the San Francisco Lodge, F. & A.M of which the deceased was a member.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Georgina Wright and several children. He was a Canadian by birth.
Mr. Wright came to Larkspur in 1887. He and his wife, in company with Mr. and Mrs. Marr and Mr. and Mrs. Sadler, came on a Sunday picnic and in walking across toward the present site of the Blue Rock Hotel, which was then a large field; Mrs. Wright picked a blue flower, known as the "Larkspur". Before the picnic had ended that day, the 3 men had decided to buy the property adjacent to the station, to build a town and name it "Larkspur"
One of the first things he built was a splendid hotel, which was afterwards destroyed by fire. It was then that he constructed the "English" type of residence which was burned last fall.
Mr. Wright was well known for his many charitable acts. He was interested in the growth of Larkspur and was fond of Marin County scenery and climate, spending most of his evenings on this side of the bay.
His real estate holdings are thought to be in excess of $75,000.
A large number of friends attended the funeral services. Interment was private.
Out of respect to Mr. Wright, the flag on the town hall was placed at half mast on the day of his death.
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