S. G. Havermale, a man of great versatility, successful in both church
and State, who now occupies the most beautiful residence in San Diego,
corner of Seventh and Ash streets, was born October 15, 1824, in the
obscure village of Sharpsburg, Maryland, now become the renowned
battlefield of Antietam. His parents were natives of the same State. He
was second in a family of eight children, seven of whom are still living,
one brother having been killed in that terrible railroad accident on the
Wabash railroad, near Chatsworth, Illinois, where lives were sacrificed to
such a terrible degree. His father was a weaver by trade in youth, but in
later years was devoted to the interests of farm life. In 1833 he moved to
Montgomery County, Ohio, where he purchased a small farm. Here the subject
of this sketch received his preliminary education, which was finished at
the Rock River Seminary, at Mount Morris, Illinois, where he also studied
for the ministry. He was educated in the Methodist faith, and began the
active work of the ministry in 1852 in Northern Illinois, and for
twenty-one years labored in that particular field, and, being a man of
genial temperament and loving disposition, was beloved by all and was very
successful in his ministry. In 1873 he was appointed Presiding Elder of a
district in Washington Territory and Oregon, whither he had been
transferred from Illinois, and moved his family to Spokane Falls, from
which parish he traveled over his district, which covered an area of some
40,000 square miles, and embraced a pastorate of twenty-five parishes. In
1879, at the age of fifty-five years, feeling that the hardships and
exposures of travel were too great, he resigned his charge, after an
active pastorate of twenty-seven years, the last six being on the
frontier, and exceedingly burdensome.
||In 1875 he took up, by pre
emption, the second Government claim of 160 acres at Spokane Falls,
there then being but two houses at the place. This land was
subdivided and became the center of what is now a city of 22,000
inhabitants, enterprising and progressive. Here, after retiring from
the ministry, he built a flouring mill, which was the first full
roller mill in the Territory, which he operated with great success
for five years, selling out in 1887, that he might seek a more
temperate climate in southern California, coming direct to San Diego
to enjoy the accumulations of his business prosperity in a balmy
atmosphere and amidst continuous sunshine. He soon invested in
improved property, and is now the owner of the Richelieu and Bon Ton
blocks on D and Fifth streets, and completed the purchase in
October, 1889, of the most beautiful residence in Southern
California. Mr. Havermale has taken no active part in politics while
in San Diego, but at Spokane Falls was president of the first city
council, and continued a member thereof for many years.
Mr. Havermale was married November 1, 1849, at Elizabeth, Jo Daviess
County, Illinois, to Miss Elizabeth Goldthorp, a native of Illinois. They
have three children, two of whom are residents of San Diego, California,
and one resides at Spokane Falls, State of Washington.
Mr. Havermale belongs to a family of marked longevity. His parents died at
the ages of eighty-nine and ninety years, and were buried in the same
Source: An Illustrated History of Southern California;
pub. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1890.
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