Earl Gaulden, Sr. was born February 23, 1896, in York, South Carolina to John James Gaulden and Nancy Margaret McElmoyle Gaulden. He is mentioned as winning an award and presenting a recitation to the Philadelphia School's Term Closing Ceremony, in 1905. He graduated from school on Thursday, May 20, 1915, and "was awarded the Medal annually awarded for the best-drilled boy in the school military company. Mr. Gaulden also won the medal awarded to the best speller but was disqualified to receive the same, due to the fact that he also won the medal last year." After Graduation he attends An Enjoyable Social, July 13 along with Ollie, Carl and Harley. He served the Philadelphia School in York, in 1917 as a teacher , and fought in World War I as a part of the 321st Wildcats in France.
After the war, he worked for a bridge company - concrete forms and placement for bridges in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He worked as a contractor on road projects in and around Laurens which can be seen in the masonry walls that line parts of US 76 through the City. He met his wife while living in the boarding House run by Allie Templeton, the mother of his future bride.  Settling in Laurens, he was master cabinet maker and is listed as the proprietor of a wood Shop in the 1940 Census.
He Married Sarah Frances Templeton on September 14, 1926, and raised two Sons with her. During his life, he taught his grandchildren to drive his pick-up truck by letting them sit on his lap and steer as he drove. Usually, after Sunday dinner, he slept on a "Glider" on the front porch of his house.
He died with his grandson by his side while fishing with T. C. Hunt, Eunice Hunt on June 4, 1970. You may find more information about his death in his Find A Grave: Memorial #29253608.
He is living on the family farm on Chester Rd. at the time of this Census.
Name: Fletcher C Gaulden
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: York, York, South Carolina, United States
↑ "United States, Veterans Administration Master Index, 1917-1940," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QP8G-RJ9W : 27 October 2019), Fletcher Earl Gaulden, 26 Jun 1919; citing Military Service, NARA microfilm publication 76193916 (St. Louis: National Archives and Records Administration, 1985), various roll numbers.
↑ "Carl J. Gaulden of Spartanburg and FE Gaulden of Laurens, visited thier parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Gaulden on York No. 3, this week.", Yorkville Enquirer, Yorkville, SC, December 29, 1922, Page Page Two
↑ "United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch : (accessed 05 Jun 2014), Fletcher C Gaulden in household of John J Gaulden, York, York, South Carolina, United States; citing sheet 8B, family 146, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821709.
The School directory Of South Carolina, 1917-1918, South Carolina Department of Education, p. 26, South Carolina State Documents Depository, South Carolina State Library.
The 321st Infantry "Wildcats", by Clarence Walton Johnson, R.L. Bryan Company, Columbia, SC, 1919.
The 1940 Census, Laurens City, Sheet 19A, enumerated April 26, 1940.
Personal papers and notes of Frances T. Gaulden, Family Biographical Information per letter to Dave Templeton, August 22, 1976. Personal copy in the files of M. Gaulden
Find a Grave, F Earl Gaulden, # 29253608, Forest Lawn Cemetery, Laurens, SC.
The Gaulden, Gauldin, Gaulding, Family History -- A Seven Hundred Year Study, Volume One, By Dr. Charles H. Gaulden, Self Published, April, 1999.
Some of the events of Fletcher's life were witnessed by M Gaulden.
United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," index and images, FamilySearch  : (accessed 05 Jun 2014), Fletcher Earl Gaulden, 1917-1918; citing York County no 2, South Carolina, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d); FHL microfilm 1877784.
"United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 05 Jun 2014), Earl Gaulden in household of John J Gaulden, York Township (west part, excl. Yorkville town), York, South Carolina, United States; citing sheet 16B, family 296, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241545.
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