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Reminiscence of Rufus Franklyn Carles and Mary Etta (Miller) Carles by Their Son, Orley Glenn Carles

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Reminiscence of Rufus Franklyn Carles and Mary Etta (Miller) Carles, written by their son, Orley Glenn Carles

[supplemented with notes and sources by their great-grandson, Scott Carles, in square brackets]

Dad [Rufus Franklyn "Frank" Carles] and Mom [Mary Etta "Ettie" Miller] were married March 19, 1901 [in Middle Point, Van Wert, Ohio, United States.], they moved to Butler County Missouri shortly after.[1] My brothers Otis (1902) and Henry Carles (1903) were born there. [A birth record for an Odos O., born to Frank Carles and Lettie Miller indicate that the family was living in Benton Township, Paulding, OH. It states that the father was the one "by whom reported," so maybe Orley Glenn had his dates wrong.] Henry lived for 5 days [this is the only source of Henry's name, birth and death]. My Grandpa [Reuben H. Carles] and Step-Grandma (Mary Friech) were living in Edgerton, Indiana when Grandpa died. Dad and Mom went to Edgerton to help step-grandma with final arrangements and to bring her back to Missouri with them. My brother Frank was born (1904) while they were in Edgerton. He died shortly after birth. They then went back to Missouri and my sister Ester Leona was born (1905), my brother Otis died in (1907) and I was born a year later. We moved to Sheridan, Clare County, Michigan when I was 2 (1910). That is were my Grandma Miller [Sarah Jane Bear] was living with her second husband, John H Smith. My brother Willard Harrison was born there in 1911.

Calkins House Hotel and Saloon

When I was 6 and Willard was 3, Dad couldn't find work in Clare, Michigan, so he went back to Missouri and found work. The Family stayed in Michigan. We lived in an old hotel, upstairs, east of the Calkins House Hotel. Mom was a cook in the Calkins Hotel. Step-grandma was blind as long as I can remember her. She would take care of our new sister (Evelyn Grace Carles, born 1914) when Mom would have to work. We had it rough after living on the ranch where Willard was born. I started school in 1914. Willard and I had a little red wagon that we worked the streets and alleys in Clare, picking up junk, beer bottles and whiskey bottles. We could sell the bottles in the big saloon in the basement of Calkins House. They would set Willard and I up on the bar and give us a glass of beer each. They gave us some cigars and we sent them to Dad in Missouri. We had a big hairy shepard dog that Dad had used as a stock dog. We always took him around with us. One time I found a small weighing scale and traded it for a 5 cent loaf of bread from the bakery. This was the first time I remember eating bread that was not homemade.

We moved to Leipsic in 1916, Dad worked for the B & O Railroad and Temco Electric Motor Company. We moved to one of Charley Payne's farms. Dad chewed Red Man tobacco and could buy 3 packs for 25 cents. One day Willard got one and crawled under the bed where he chewed it. Boy did he get sick. During the First World War, Dad worked on Tom Jackson's farm. [His father's WWI Registration Card states that Tom Jackson was his employer and the family lived RFD #3, Leipsic, Putnam, Ohio.] and the During this time brother James Leroy was born (1917), and Willard started school in 1917.

Willard and I had paper routes and also sold papers on the passenger trains that stopped at the junction. We also spade gardens, cut corn, husked corn and other odd jobs, anything to make a little money. When Willard was 13 and I was 16, there was a western horse on the farm. Dad had been working him very hard, plowing the fields. Willard and I had been fooling around with him for sometime. He had never been ridden. One day there was a big rain and Dad couldn't work the fields. So Willard and I blindfolded him and took him out to a big mud hole and broke him. Then we rode him three and a half miles to Leipsic and back. Dad and Mom sure got on to us. Step-grandma died while we were there (1918). [In both the 1920[2] and 1930[3] censuses, the family was enumerated in Van Buren, Putnam, OH., which is a rural township about 4 miles northeast of Leipsic.] Brother Robert Paul was born (1921) and sister Ester married George Hyde (1923). She had a baby in 1924 and both her and the baby died.

Dad got a better job at W. G. Farnsworth's Fruit Farm in Waterville, Ohio. [Waterville is approximately 30 miles northeast of Van Buren, so apparently Rufus and the boys moved there as it was too far to make the daily trek.] All 5 of us kids went to school and Willard and I worked on the farm. In 1928 I quit school after the 9th grade. I married Eva Ottinger in 1930 and we had a daughter Lela. Eva died 8 weeks later. We bought some timber land at Walker Switch, Arkansas just north of Fort Smith. We harvested trees and cut them into 4 foot logs and hauled them to the railroad. Dad and Mom's house burned down with everything that they owned, while Mom was at my place looking after Lela and the rest of us working in the woods. We then moved back to Leipsic.

I worked for Fred Summerfield the bee man, 1 year then on the B. & O. Railroad in Leipsic for a short time. Then I worked for Perry's Hardware for 5 years; times were tough and I got laid off. Willard worked at any odd job he could find. Evelyn married George Hyde in 1928. Willard and I joined the Ohio National Guard for 4 years. I joined first and Willard a little later. We were in the 123 Wagon Company, Quartermaster Corps, 37th Division. There was a carnival in Ottowa [Ohio - about 12 miles southwest of Van Buren]. They paid money to locals to fight their champ. I don't remember the amount, but it was quite a lot. At the time Willard was working on a farm 12 hours. He went in to town after work and knocked out their champ. They wanted him to travel with them, but he said no.


Sources

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    "United States Census, 1910" - {1910 place}
    Frank (listed as "Alexander") Carles, Duck Creek, Stoddard, MO. "United States Census, 1910" Note: "United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MLMQ-X6C : accessed 11 May 2017), Alexander Carles, Duck Creek, Stoddard, Missouri, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 178, sheet 5A, family 85, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 824; FHL microfilm 1,374,837. Name: Alexander Carles Event Type: Census Event Date: 1910 Event Place: Duck Creek, Stoddard, Missouri, United States Gender: Male Age: 34 Marital Status: Married Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Head Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head Birth Year (Estimated): 1876 Birthplace: Ohio Father's Birthplace: Ohio Mother's Birthplace: Ohio Sheet Letter: A Sheet Number: 5 Alexander Carles Head M 34 Ohio Ettie Carles Wife F 26 Ohio Ester L Carles Daughter F 5 Missouri Orley G Carles Son M 0 Missouri Master Listing Source: Y
  2. 2.0 2.1
    "United States Census, 1920" - {1920 place}
    Frank Carles, Van Buren, Putnam, OH. "United States Census, 1920" Note: "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MDPN-C3G : accessed 11 May 2017), Frank Carles, Van Buren, Putnam, Ohio, United States; citing ED 121, sheet 2A, line 29, family 37, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1429; FHL microfilm 1,821,429. Name: Frank Carles Event Type: Census Event Date: 1920 Event Place: Van Buren, Putnam, Ohio, United States Gender: Male Age: 44 Marital Status: Married Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Head Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head Birth Year (Estimated): 1876 Birthplace: Ohio Father's Birthplace: Ohio Mother's Birthplace: Ohio Sheet Letter: A Sheet Number: 2 Frank Carles Head M 44 Ohio Etta Carles Wife F 36 Ohio Easter Carles Daughter F 14 Missouri Glenn Carles Son M 11 Missouri Willard Carles Son M 8 Michigan Evelyn Carles Daughter F 5 Michigan James Carles Son M 2 Ohio Master Listing Source: Y
  3. 3.0 3.1
    "United States Census, 1930" - {1930 place}
    Frank Carles, Van Buren, Putnam, OH. "United States Census, 1930" Note: "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X4CC-4PG : accessed 11 May 2017), Frank Carles, Van Buren, Putnam, Ohio, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 29, sheet 11B, line 90, family 316, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1865; FHL microfilm 2,341,599. Name: Frank Carles Event Type: Census Event Date: 1930 Event Place: Van Buren, Putnam, Ohio, United States Gender: Male Age: 55 Marital Status: Married Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Head Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head Birth Year (Estimated): 1875 Birthplace: Ohio Father's Birthplace: United States Mother's Birthplace: United States Sheet Letter: B Sheet Number: 11 Frank Carles Head M 55 Ohio Ada Carles Wife F 46 Ohio Glenn Carles Son M 21 Ohio James Carles Son M 12 Ohio Robert Carles Son M 8 Ohio Lelia Carles Granddaughter F 2 Ohio Master Listing Source: Y




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