Wittler, Nola Mae Ross, Lake
Charles American Press, December 4, 1988, p.
Early L C mayors
...In 1903 a "spirited" campaign brought a
new face into Lake Charles politics. Charles H. Winterhaler
succeeded John H. Poe, and remained in office for the next
his first race for re-election, Winterhaler won by 14 votes
over opponent William
Winterhaler was the first mayor to implement major
improvements in Lake Charles. Although the worst depression in
the history of the city was in full force, Winterhaler managed
to get stretches of Ryan, Bilbo, Pujo and Lawrence streets
experimental method of paving with bricks, designed by Fred
Shutts was used on one section of Bilbo Street. An eight-inch
concrete base was put down, then covered with a two-inch
cushion of sand that provided a base for the bricks. This
section proved more durable and smooth than the portions where
bricks were set into a base of cement
fitting that a later city council named a street after
Winterhaler – and unfortunate that the council added a "t" to
the name when they did so, incorrectly naming it Winterhalter,
a name that still
depression that nearly wrecked Winterhaler's mayoral term was
blamed on the Yellow Fever epidemic which swept across
Louisiana, causing extensive quarantines, frightening citizens
and causing many businesses and government offices to shut
the problems, Lake Charles forged ahead. A 3-mill tax to
support public education was approved by the
decision to split the Board of Education into two separate
boards – one for city schools and another for parish schools
– drew fire from both the public and local
Winterhaler had to contend with all of these problems, but he
came from a strong background, dating back to his grandparents
– the Von Peetzs – who lived with King Christian at
Bismark took over, the king's family and the Von Peetz family
emigrated to America, landing in New Orleans. From there, his
mother brought Winterhaler to Lake Charles, where he grew
Mayor Charles H. Winterhaler's children live in Lake Charles
today. They are Mrs. Lock Paret, Mrs. J. B. Holloman Jr., and
E. R. Winterhaler.
In addition to serving as mayor,
Winterhaler served as chairman of a committee to fix new
boundaries for old Calcasieu
Winterhaler retired from politics after eight years as mayor,
and was succeeded in 1909 by G. Brent Richard, who defeated
opponent Ben M. Foster by 110 votes....
Lake Charles American Press, Wednesday, March 23, 1938, p. 1:
RITES FOR C. H. WINTERHALER SET FOR 5 P.M.
Former Lake Charles Mayor Dies Unexpectedly Late Tuesday.
LAST RITES for Charles H. Winterhaler, former mayor of Lake Charles, will be held here at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Mr. Winterhaler, who was nearly 71 years old, died unexpectedly at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon in a chair in his room at the Cherokee hotel. He had been uptown a little earlier.
He was born in New Orleans in 1867, and after coming to Lake Charles he engaged in the lumber business, first with the Locksley-Martin Lumber company, then for several years with the Menefee Lumber company, as manager of its local mill. Later he was connected for a time with the Miller-Vidor Lumber company at Milyid, Texas, and then engaged in the timber and oil business in New Orleans, returning to Lake Charles during the World war. Since then, he remained here as a certified public accountant.
Served Three Terms
While connected with the lumber industry he served the city as alderman for several years, and about 1903 was elected mayor, in which office he served six years, being twice reelected.