Gharky, S. David

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Samuel David Gharky (1806-1877) came originally from Ohio (according to Clark) during the Gold Rush. He led the effort in 1857 to build a second wharf. His wharf began from about the intersection of today’s Main and 1st streets on Beach Hill, and was sold to the California Powder Co. in 1865. He’s remembered on the signs of Gharkey [sic] Street (parallel to the lower end of Bay Street), in the middle of land he owned and subdivided. [Note: There were several different spellings of the name in local sources. I did a little genealogy research on the Ohio family, and found that the original spelling may have been the German Gherke.]