Biography of Charles O. Busick

Charles O. Busick, one of the prominent young attorneys of Sacramento, being associated with J. W. S. Butler, at 426 1/2 J street, is a lawyer to unusual ability, legal acumen and skills, and since his admission to the bar in 1898 has risen rapidly in public favor and vonfidence and taken rank among the leading men of his profession in the city. His career has been one of self-achievement, and he may be proud that he has by his own efforts advanced from one stepping stone of progress to another, and yet is still only a young man and on the threshold of a career of large usefulness in public and professional life.

Mr. Busick was born in Orange county, Indiana, March 16, 1874. His father, Samuel K. Busick, was also born in Indiana, of an old southern family, and he is now a farmer residing in Silver Lake, Oregon. He married Sarah Ann Chitty, also a native of Indiana, and she is still living. There were four daughters in the family besides Mr. Busick: Fanie W. Pierson resides in Cosumne, California; Nancy Thomason lives in Fresno, California; Gertrude J. McLinn is at Silver Lake, Oregon; and Miss Agnes Busick is at home.

Mr. Busick was brought to Sacramento when he was one year old, and was educated in the public schools of that place and spent his boyhood days on his father’s farm near the city, so that he is practically a native son of the state, and has always been identified with its interests and growth. In 1895 he took up the study of law in the office of Lincoln White. He was admitted to the bar in 1898, and at once opened an office and practiced alone until 1902, when he became associated with J. R. Hughes, which relation continued until the election of the latter as assistant district attorney in December, 1903, and since that time Mr. Busick has been in partnership with Mr. Butler. He has carried on a general law practice, and has been extraordinarily successful in winning both friends and patronage. He was appointed a notary public in 1898 by Governor Gage. He is active in the interests of the Republican party, and his value as a party worker has already placed him in line for political promotion. In the session of 1903 he was secretary of the finance committee of the state senate.

Mr. Busick was married in Sacrament, April 30, 1902, to Miss Alice Cardinet, who was born in California and is a daughter of Emil Cardinet, a pioneer mining man, but now retired. Charles O., Jr., is the name of the one son of this marriage. Mr. Busick affiliates with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of the Maccabees and the Fraternal Brotherhood. In 1896 he was enrolled in Company E, Second Infantry of the California National Guard, and has been connected with the organization almost continuously since. He is now first sergeant of the sanitory corps, unattached, of the Second Regiment.

Source: Leigh H. Irvine; A History of the New California Its Resources and People, 2 Volumes; New York and Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1903.

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