Uncle Charlie was the eldest son of Jesse and Mary Shaper Dudley and brother of my grandmother Mary Dudley Donaldson. He was born October 18, 1878 in Clark Township, Clinton County, Ohio. Below is the earliest photo I have of Charlie.
Charlie grew up in Clark Township with his brothers Lew, Frank, Ab, Tom, and Clarence. By the time my grandma was born in 1898, Charlie was already a young man. Just a little over a year later, Charlie married the pretty Anna Dora Meyer and they made their home in Clark Township near his aunt Marietta Dudley Himes and her family. Charlie worked as a day laborer.
|Charles & Anna Dudley|
|Henry, James, Mary, and Wilmer Dudley|
In 1910, Charlie and Anna were living in Lynchburg, Ohio. Charlie was working as a grocery salesman and Anna was a hotel landlady. They lived in the hotel with their three sons. Among their boarders at the time of the 1910 census was Charlie’s cousin, Carl Himes. The photo below is labeled “Dudley Hotel.” I recognize Charlie in the back wearing a bow tie and his mother Mary Shaper Dudley standing next to him. I’m not sure, but the lady standing in the doorway between Charlie and his mother may be Anna. I wonder what occasioned the taking of this photograph; there are some distinguished-looking gentlemen in this picture.
Some time during the early to middle 1910s, Charlie and Anna divorced. Their sons continued to live with Anna. My mom believes that Charlie then moved to Cincinnati and where he found a job. At work, he met a teenager named Eddie Earl Donaldson. Charlie introduced Edd to his sister Mary and they were married on December 7, 1915.
|Dottie Lea Donaldson, Charlie, Rosemary Donaldson, Mary Shaper Dudley, my mom, and Mary Dudley Donaldson|
Charlie visited his sister Mary in the early 1960s. By that time, Ida had died. My mom shared this memory of that visit:
found him to be a gentle, soft spoken man.
He had suffered from colon cancer but was still going strong. In fact, he climbed a ladder to paint the
trim on our house, in spite of his advanced age and physical condition. He seemed to enjoy his visit and complimented
me on the love and care I gave to my Mom.
I found him to be a gentle, soft spoken man. He had suffered from colon cancer but was still going strong. In fact, he climbed a ladder to paint the trim on our house, in spite of his advanced age and physical condition. He seemed to enjoy his visit and complimented me on the love and care I gave to my Mom.
|Charlie and his sister Mary, early 1960s|