Glendale, California Biographies

Charles L. Chandler

        Charles L. Chandler, who is an attorney of twenty years’ experience, was born at Davenport, Iowa, May 30, 1878. His father died when he was only a few weeks old. His mother, whose maiden name was Belle Fischer, was a descendant of the Wilcox family, one member of which was a captain and surgeon in the United States Navy during the Revolutionary War. He has one brother, William H. Chandler, who is a resident of Los Angeles. The family moved to Des Moines, Iowa, when he (Charles L. Chandler) was six years old, and later to Pueblo, Colorado. He attended grammar and high schools there and in 1892 entered Nebraska Preparatory School, studying mathematics under General John J. Pershing, who was then a First Lieutenant of the Tenth Cavalry and Commandant of cadets at the University of Nebraska. In 1894, returning to Denver, he became a student at the Woodworth Business College, and in 1896 entered the University of Denver, where he completed the law course, graduating in 1900. He spent the next year at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, where he received the Bachelor of Laws degree in 1901. Being admitted to the bar in Colorado, he was associated with a prominent firm of attorneys at Denver during part of 1901 and 1902. He was then employed as a lawyer and business representative by the Yellow Poplar Lumber Company of Ironton, Ohio. The owner and active head of this business was his uncle, the late F. C. Fischer. He became expert in the examination of land titles, and his work took him to the timber districts of the southeastern and northwestern states.

        Mr. Chandler resigned from the lumber company in 1903 and came to Los Angeles. For two years he was connected with the firm of Cochran & Williams, and from 1906 to 1916 he was a partner in the firm of Williams, Goudge & Chandler. This firm represented the interests of some large corporations in the West, including the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, the Broadway Bank & Trust Company, and Home Savings Bank. In 1916 he resumed practice alone, with offices in the Investment (now Chapman) Building, specializing in corporation, probate and title matters. He has been for several years the attorney for the owners of “Verdugo Woodlands” and at present is associated with Howard Robinson, former President of the Public Service Board of the City of Los Angeles. Their offices are in the C. C. Chapman Building. Mr. Chandler has served as president of the Seaboard Land Security Company, the Needles Light and Power Company, the Seaboard Metal Works and the Orland Light Company. He is a Republican, and has served as secretary of the Republican Central Committee of Los Angeles County. He is a Scottish Rite Mason, also president of Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts of America and a member of the City Club and the Sons of the American Revolution.

        At Elizabeth, New Jersey, on March 6, 1906, Mr. Chandler married Gisela Pluemer of that city. Their four children are Sarah Fischer, Davis Pluemer, Barbara Belle and Meta Lovell. They moved to Glendale in 1913 and lived on North Central Avenue until they moved to “Los Ritos,” their home in the Verdugo Canyon.

From History of Glendale and Vicinity by John Calvin Sherer. The Glendale Publishing Company, c. 1922 F. M. Broadbooks and J. C. Sherer. p. 380-383. A photo of Chas. L. Chandler appears on page 381.