Charles L. Bridgwater was born in June 1861 in Indiana. [Where? and names of parents?] He was married in 1893 in Washington to Cora Harrington.[Need actual date and location; 1893 reference is from newspaper account of pending marriage.] Cora was a daughter of Stephen Harrington and Frances McNulty. [1880 Census, Cerro Gordo, Piatt Co., Illinois]
Charles and Cora settled at Sultan River in Snohomish Co., Washington. Mail (or tax notice) was received at the Darrington post office.In 1910, Charles had his “own income” and was not otherwise employed.
Cora died on 29 October 1917. [Need Proof, death and burial location. Did not find in Washington Death Index] Charles followed less than a year later by accidental drowning on 21 July 1918.Charles was buried on 31 July 1918 in Sultan Cemetery.
A news article was published:
SEARCHING RIVER AT SULTAN FOR MAN, MISSING Sheriff and Coroner to Aid In Hunt for Great Northern Employe [sic] Efforts of the people of Sultan to find the body of Charles L. Bridgewater of that city, an employe [sic] of the Great Northern, proved unavailing yesterday. He is believed to have been drowned in the river some time Sunday, according to the report if City Clerk Lovell. Early last evening Sheriff McCulloch and J. T. Rogers, representing the coroner’s office, went to Sultan to investigate the report. The horse owned by Bridgewater, carrying several heavy chains and Bridgewater’s hat, were found yesterday in Sprague slough. The bank of the river seemed to indicate the man tried to ford the river at one point and turned back, going further along the bank to another point where trace of him was lost. He was 56 years of age. C. L. Peticlerc, a member of the I. O. O. F., agreed to take care of the personal effects of the man until further investigation which the sheriff and coroner will make today, is ended. The Everett Tribune, Tuesday, 23 July 1918, p. 2