Rain Maker from Glendale, California

This morning we had some showers in Berkeley, CA, that were much appreciated. But what if it were your job to make the rain? Charles M. Hatfield from Glendale, CA, had just that job! According to the Examiner, Mr. Hatfield asserts that he can produce rain by releasing chemicals into the atmosphere from 24-foot towers. He claimed to have successfully filled “scores” of contracts in Italy, Alaska and Honduras.

Also according to the Examiner caption, in 1916 the Morena Dam, which supplied water to San Diego, CA, was dangerously low. Charles Hatfield was called in … he remembers that he brought about a downpour, but couldn’t stop it! He later sued for the $10,000 he was contracted for, but San Diego brought counter action against him for bringing a dangerous flood.

Charles M. Hatfield. Not dated. International Newsreel.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P623, Folder: Hatfield, Charles M.

In the photograph below from 1924, Charles Hatfield explains his contract to an Examiner representative, in which Mr. Hatfield is offered $8,000 for producing 2 inches of rain.

Charles M. Hatfield, 1924. Photographer: Amois DuBois

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P623, Folder: Hatfield, Charles M.

In the below photo from 1931, is Hatfield, who has been offered a contract to produce rain in the San Bernardino Mountains. A Chamber of Commerce organization said it would give him $10,000 if he could raise the level of the Big Bear Lake twenty-nine feet.

Charles M. Hatfield, 1931. Associated Press Photo.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P623, Folder: Hatfield, Charles M.

The below photo from 1937 shows Mr. Hatfield with his fiance, Mrs. Martha Priester MoLain, his school-mate from forty years prior. The Examiner caption says they will be married the following day.

Charles M. Hatfield & Mrs. Martha Priester MoLain, 1937. Wide World Photos.

BANC PIC 2006.029–PIC, Carton: P623, Folder: Hatfield, Charles M.

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One Response to Rain Maker from Glendale, California

  1. My great-grandfather hired Hatfield the Rainmaker in 1925 to make it rain at Tulare Lake.

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