The Charros Club was a short-lived social club, intended to be a “meeting place for business and professional men, artists, writers and musicians” and to “perpetuate the spirit of the early west.” It was at 418 - 11th Street in the Hook Brothers Building. It held its opening night on April 7, 1908. The officers were Adam H. Shirk, alcalde (magistrate), W.H. Kiler, sub-alcalde, Charles H. Williamson, secretary-treasurer. 1
One of their first events was a hike and cookout near Lake Chabot. Members listed include: Niles G. Hyatt; W.E. Ross; J.H. Morehouse, Jr.; Ralph Flack; J.W. Withers; Charles L. Williamson; Paul Daniels; newly elected alcalde Dr. A.B. Casad; W.J. Lheureux; Chris Caspers; William H. McCutcheon; Harry Parker; J.E. Borein; and Adam H. Shirk. 2 In other events, members listed include: Reggie Basset; T.G. Springer; and judge T.A. Redall. 3,4
Will McCutcheon is listed as the alcalde in May 1909 when he married Sophie Waters. McCutcheon was also secretary-treasurer of Hook Brothers & Company furniture. 5 The Hook Brothers retired in 1910 after 30 years in business, and leased the building to R. Pozzi and F.B. Moore, 6 but the end for the club was already underway.
Club Liquor License
The Charros Club and numerous other newly formed social clubs were under investigation, being viewed by some as a way to skirt liquor license laws. 7 It was noted in another article a few years later that for a number of clubs like the Charros Club, the free license was granted to people who were no longer part of the organization and they had passed into other hands. 8
By 1914, the only remaining newspaper references to the club are articles about gambling. 9 It's unclear how long the club operated by its original charter.
Links and References
- New Club Fixes Its Opening Date Oakland Tribune March 22, 1908
- Charros Clubmen Take Long Hike Oakland Tribune June 9, 1908
- Charros Club Jinks Oakland Tribune July 12, 1908
- Charros Club to Entertain Oakland Tribune February 19, 1909
- Wedding Comes as a Surprise Oakland Tribune May 1, 1909
- Pacific Coast American Carpet and Upholstery Journal Volume 28
- 'Clubs' Thrive Like Mushrooms Oakland Tribune June 13, 1909
- Protection Story Denied By Turner Oakland Tribune August 13, 1912
- Judge Resents Bitter Attack Oakland Tribune November 14, 1914