Charles Warren Townsend (1873 – 1953), known most commonly by his nickname “Cy”, was a former professional baseball player, having played with the Syracuse Club in the New York State League as well as Sacramento in the California Coast League. Later, he also played in Bakersfield for the Imperial League and became a lifetime member of the National Baseball Association.
Cy moved to Mojave in 1914 after he retired from professional baseball. While living in Mojave, Cy continued to work and ran the French Café, the Mojave Meat Market, and several service stations. He also invested $500 into the Golden Queen Mine, receiving a 10% interest. In 1921, he was elected as Mojave’s justice of the peace, serving until 1929.
"Gurba, Norma H. Legendary Locals of the Antelope Valley. Arcadia, 2013.
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