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Charles Philip Wilson (b. 26 October 1870, d. 17 February 1934)Charles Philip Wilson (son of James Cline Wilson and Anna Haggert) was born 26 October 1870 in Tama City, Tama Co., IA, and died 17 February 1934 in Mitchell, Davison Co., SD673.He married Anna Christina Sick on 9 December 1900 in Omaha, Douglas Co., NE674, daughter of Hans Friedrich Sick and Meta Christina Witthinrich.
Notes for Charles Philip Wilson:
Kate, (daughter of Charles P) advised that her parents were both working for Chris Dampke/Domke at Omaha NE before they were married.Chris was an uncle or cousin of Anna's and that is where they met. Kate, remembers him talking about working in Hoboken, NY. or at least being there.He called Iowa, Nebraska, & South Dakota home.I obtained copies of maps of Eldorado Twp., Buffalo Co. with notes showing where Charlie Wilson family lived in the early 1900's.Kate also wrote "The Charley Wilson Family" and submitted to the History of Buffalo Co. book published by Register-Lacoton Printing, Chamberlain, SD.The article appears on pages 267 & 268.Following Information taken from WILSON NEWS, EditorFred Wilson Jr, Spokane WA, Volume 1,no. 2, page 3, February 1, 1991.The following is a letter from Chas. P Wilson to his parents[Fred's note: I have a letter written by my grandfather Charlie who was living in Blue Springs Missouri and sent it to James Cline in Canton KS McPherson County and was post marked 3 Oct 1903.The letter reads as follows copied as best I could with punctuation and spelling as he wrote it)3 Oct 1903 Blue Springs MO.Dear Father and Mother.This monday evening I will rite you a few lines just to let you know we are still eating Mo sow belley and corn bread.How are you getting along with the cattle business.Your pasturing deal is almost closed hasn't it.How is corn, green yet I suppose. Our corn is green as can be yet and I hope frost will stay away another two weeks any way.And as to grass I have our old cows on clover 6 in high and they are good and fat.Traded our colt off for a cow an calf and that cow is a dandygives us 3 gallon of rich milk a daythe calf is 3 weeks old.Our milking deal proved a failor as nights milk soured before it got to KC so I have been digging the dirt out from under the house an walling it up for cellar a place to put potatoes and etc. and by the way we can produce the biggest pumpling I'll bet 50 ct on it.And I wish I could get a wood chopper again as I have a custimer for 200 fence post at 10 ct apiece.I priced my pigs that has ben gon for about 3 weeks (killed one a catching them) to a fellow dident intend to sell them but he simply rote me out a check and took the wilied little devils so now I am going tomorrow to try and buy 2 piggy sows dont know as I will make it or not, for he is a hard man to deal with. if I only had money enough to fence this timber of myne hog tight we would have a snap a making a living for they would live on acornes and hazzle nuts and cloverjus send me $60 to fence it with dad, and we will call us square, and we can make twice 60 out of it in one year as 600 bu of corn will feed lots of hogs running loose in the timberyes dad I know I would make a good round sum by selling out for 2000 but I havnt don it yet you know.and I also know this rough 40 is equal to 160 in McP Co, providing I get it fenced hog tight, but it will take me a month or two to split out post and stretch 30 ___ woven hog fence.Then again I am in the roughist part of Jackson Co. and I will surly show you some of the roughest country roads and some of the smothest roads some of the best corn and etc that you want to look at. it cost more to live here, bou can traid most any thing but jack asses you want to traid for these people is smoth all on the beat if they get a chance go to church once a yar and lots get drunk every time they go to town.its dog eat dog. therefore I am a getting hard to traid with.Ross left the country nobody knows where county sheraf looking for himhis family is a few miles from here and they say they dont know where he is and etc.Mother just leave excursion alone come and stay until we kickIll prois you a good fire all winter if you will put the wood inI am tired and sleepy- - Chas.Following from "WILSON NEWS" Vol 1 #7,page 3, dated Dec 10,1991, published by Fred Wilson Jr, Pullman WA.As follows:CHARLES PHILIP WISON:Charles Philip saw some of the wild west.He was born in 1870 and at the age of eight moved with his family from Tama County, Iowa to western Kansas, namely Rush County in the township of Brookdale, where his father homesteaded.According to the March 1991 issue of the National Geographic, there was a branch trail of the Santa Fe trail that ran from Fort Hays to Fort Dodge that passed directly through Rush County.The Santa Fe trail remained somewhat alive until the 1880's when the railroad finally took over.They lived 60 to 70 miles from Dodge City which was on the Santa Fe trail.This was during the time of the great cattle drives from Texas and in the year of '78 Kansas had their last Indian uprising.They lived on the homestead until about the mid 80's when James Cline sold the homestead and moved to Canton, KS where he was probably doing some carpentry work as well as farming.When Charlie was a young man he and his brothers enjoyed playing baseball.One occasion he and one of his brothers played ball on Sunday and their father became very put out and angry (since he was a very strict Methodist and felt they were braking the Lord's Day) and gave the boys a sound thrashing.As a result some of the boys left home to make their own way. It was during this time that Charlie went to NY to visit his relatives.Charley told of working on the dock in Hoboken, NJ.He said he watched many Polish immigrants come in and he was appalled at the way they ate with such crude and animalistic behaviors.I have a copy of a letter from Josephine Wilson (Stueck) dated 1929 and she must have been born shortly after the turn of the century.Her grandfather was most probably Henry Wilson, a brother to Ira Wison, and her father probably John Wilson, brother of James Cline. She also had a cousin named Florence Wemple (Clark) whose grandfather was Ira Wilson.They lived in the same area in Ridgewood NJ, not far from Hoboken.It's conceivable that Charlie visited their parents if they were living in NJ at the time.He also visited the Wilson's that were located in the Fonda, NY area.He had uncles Ira and William farming in that area.Also his grandmother Elizabeth Gross Wilson was still living in 1897 and I am sure it was some years before that he visited.I have record of a note signed by Charles P Wilson an co-signed by his father, James Cline, with an address of Battle Hill, KS dated 05OCT1898 to A H Broking at an interest of $8.00 per annum.Whatever the rift between father and son may have been, they must have settled their differences otherwise such a loan would not have taken place.OBITUARY:Gann Valley Chief, dated February 22, 1934. CHAS. P. WILSON DIED AT MITCHELL SATURDAYCharles P. Wilson was born at Cedar Rapids IA., on October 26, 1870, and died at a Mitchell hospital February 17, 1934, at the age of sixty-four years, three months and nine days.When he was nine years old his parents moved to a homestead in western Kansas where he grew to manhood, and at the age of twenty-nine years he was married to Anna Christina Sick at Omaha, Nebraska.They came to South Dakota in 1911 and purchased land in Buffalo county where the family still resides.All his life Mr. Wilson has been held in the highest esteemby his neighbors and by all who knew him; thoroughly honest, and reliable, and a loving husband and father.He is survived by his wife and nine children;Mary Anna, Lena Dora, Emil C. and William W. who reside at home;Henry W., Fred J., Ira C., and Mrs. James Gunderson of Wessington Springs South Dakota,. and Mrs. Marvin Erickson of Vermillion, S. Dak. Two brothers and a sister; James C, of Canton, Kansas;Ira G. of Garden City, Kansas, and Mrs. Alvin Tinsley of Canton, Kansas, also survive.There are also three grandchildren.Following short services at the Wilson home, services were held at the Presbyterian church in Kimball, with Rev R.R. Keithahn of Gann Valley in charge.Internment was made in the Kimball cemetery.H. J. Trainer, F. B. Stephens, Fred Wulff, A. M. Duzan, Gus Gaulke and John Fuegen served as pallbearers.A quartette consisting of Mrs. Dan Hathaway, Mrs. C. C. Swartout, Allen Tysdale and R. R. Keithahn sang; "Sweet Hour of Prayer", "Near the Cross," "Sweetly Resting" and "Some Time, Some Where We'll Understand".During the many years the Wilson's have resided in this community, they have made a host of friends whom the Chief joins in extending to the family sincere sympathy in their bereavement.
More About Charles Philip Wilson:
Burial: 20 February 1934, Kimball Cemetery, Kimball, Brule Co., SD.
Census: 1920, Eldorado Twp, Buffalo Co., SD.675
Occupation: Carpenter & farmer.
More About Charles Philip Wilson and Anna Christina Sick:
Marriage: 9 December 1900, Omaha, Douglas Co., NE.676
Children of Charles Philip Wilson and Anna Christina Sick are:
- +Kathryn Emma Wilson.