As I remember it: X-7424 19:13, 18 April 2015 (EDT)
My father. Called Chuck, Charles, or Claudia when my mother was being playful. The man who went to work everyday, on time, and in the 1960s through the 1980s to a second job, while my mother managed the home and finances. The man who, when I was too much for my mother to handle, would be given the job of dealing with me. And those "dealings" always entailed taking me for a walk. Arm around my shoulders, and a gentle talking "to" that would give my mother a break from me and "settle" me down a bit. Other's might not have been so lucky or perhaps my memory is distorted but I never remember my father "laying" a hand on me. Perhaps his belt that I was sent down the hall to my parent's closet by my mother, but it was never wielded by him, at least not in my memory.
Today, my father who called me "shike-poke" and with whom I went everywhere that I could when I could, has Alzheimer's Disease as did his mother, and brother and sister and others farther back in the family called by many different names. I guess I have a 50/50 chance. My father doesn't know who I am or what his cat's names are and hasn't for more than a few years. Does this define who he is? I think not.
My father, Claude Charles Lockhart, was raised primarily by his mother, Dessie. His father, Burley [as family stories went] had come home late and drunk one night, and Dessie ran him off with a broom which he thought was a shotgun. Burley left for many years (to New York and had another family not yet documented), leaving a full house of children and open mouths, returning in the 1950s after his children were grown. Stories went that the oldest brother, Roy, couldn't find a job so he joined the Navy and ended up a survivor of Pearl Harbor in 1941. Burley Jr (Uncle June) also joined the US Navy along with my dad and younger brother, James Delmar (Uncle Del). Ruth, the youngest sister married a marine. Dorothy stuck close to home living across the corner of the street. Gladys married a local man who died young.
As the stories go, Charles went to work at a young age for Lynn Hawley who was a prominent business man in Vienna, Ohio. Charles wanted to make money to help support his mother and siblings, and to pay tuition to the High School in Vienna rather than attending Fowler High School. I can only assume that a girl was involved or the fact that his older sister, Ruth, went there. Sometimes that is how a family is. Admiration of an older sibling influences one's decisions? Charles's first daughter was named after Lynn Hawley, literally, and it is known that Lynn loaned Charles and Trudy the money that was needed for a down payment on a home in Fowler, Ohio off of Ridge Road. But that came later.
Charles enlisted in the US Navy around the time of the Korean War. He was active during this time, but I am not sure as to level of engagement. It is known that he was on an aircraft carrier and repaired many planes that had been damaged during engagement with the enemy. Charles fondly recalled the "promotion" to this position after a plane had been shot with multiple (many, hundreds of holes) and it went up the next rotation. Whether it was one that Charles had worked on is not known, but it is part of our story.
That story continues with the fact that Charles had enlisted for 4 (four) years and didn't have an option and was re-enlisted for an additional two years because of the hostilities. Older, and single, Charles returned home. Home to mother, Dessie, brother Burley and Delmar.
The boys enjoyed probably more than a few nights out in Vienna at the local watering hole, and as the story goes, Charles met Trudy who was moonlighting while on strike from Westinghouse in Sharon, Pennsylvania. As they say, the rest is history. They went on a whirlwind romance, she in a '57 red Chevy with a white landau top, he in a '55 Cadillac (never did get the model but Trudy's had the BIG motor as I recall and had a red leather outfit and 'spectators' to match). They married. And stayed married through over 50 years.
Two daughters. A career. A brilliant man married to a brilliant woman.
Charles could make anything out of nothing. A contributing factor was probably the fact that he grew up poor and hungry. Anyone who has experienced that is very inventive but if you add that with intelligence then it's a win-win. Charles would re-create what engineers had designed and it was usually better than the original. Some failures, but really? A graduate of high school and no other education besides the great one in the military designed and engineered magnificent creations! He built a home. Helped move a garage. Made things out of nothing! Trudy gave him the money management that resulted in his ability to have it all. They were a team.
The team had it's ups and downs. Trudy was ten years older than Chuck. I change to Chuck because that's the era. Trudy was immensely jealous and if I have to say, paranoid regarding Chuck's fidelity. Years of getting woke up, going down the road in the car to "check" on him as he worked late at two jobs or traveled for another. Never a sign. The man was probably too damn tired. I know I am but Trudy had had other experiences, other hurts and she had the time. Overall, they made a good team, and had a good partnership. Through hell or high water, it was good.
Well, here's my hell. My father. My Hero. My saviour. Chuck, Charles, Charlie, Claudia. He has Alzheimer's Disease. It runs really thoroughly in our family called by many names. My father was and is a great man. I miss him terribly. I call him Mr. Lockhart and pretend he's someone he might remember. An American Hero. Mine.
Korean War Veteran (Navy). Chuck was assigned to an aircraft carrier and ended up repairing planes upon their return from combat flights. His original tour, according to family lore, was mandatorily extended because of the Korean Conflict, and he served six years, as this writer remembers.
Chuck married Gertrude Elizabeth Foltz. They had two daughters. Gertrude passed away in 2007.
Chuck was a member of Argus Masonic Lodge, Canfield, Mahoning County, Ohio, Masonic 32nd Degree, and the Shriners.
Chuck worked as a teenager for Lynn Hawley of Vienna, Ohio making deliveries as young as the age of fourteen so that he could pay tuition to go to Vienna High School instead of Fowler High School. Upon graduation in 1936-37 he had various jobs until joining the United States Navy. Upon his discharge he returned to Vienna, Ohio and obtained a position at American Welding in Warren, Ohio. After his marriage, he worked for a brief time at Republic Steel in Warren, Ohio until he obtained a position with Airco Industrial Gases, also in Warren, as Chief Maintenance. Throughout his career with Airco, he was constantly on call, traveling to various production plants. Chuck also moonlighted for Grant Oakes, of various endeavors and locations. Chuck retired from Airco with over thirty years of service.
Vienna, Trumbull, Ohio
Name: Charles C Lockhart
Gender: Male Age: 0 Marital Status: Single Race: White Birthplace: Ohio Birth Year (Estimated): 1930
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Father's Birthplace: West Virginia Mother's Birthplace: West Virginia
District: 0055 Household ID: 250 Sheet Number and Letter: 11B Line Number: 58 Affiliate Publication Number: T626, roll 1884 GS Film number: 2341618 Digital Folder Number: 4661200 Image Number: 00541
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