|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1881|
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 1958|
El Paso County
EL PASO Texas 1958óLong time Ysleta, Texas, resident, screen door manufacturer, and Lower Valley cotton farmer Charles H. Lawrence died Tuesday following a long illness with complications from an old unhealed right hip facture.
Born April 28, 1881 in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania to Louis Lawrence of Virginia and Molly Boyd of Maryland, he led an industrious life as a salesman, accountant, soldier, short story author, farmer, inventor, political candidate, and small business owner. Mr. Lawrence moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1900 and opened his first of many enterprises, Lawrence Hardware Company. He married and in 1903 enjoyed the birth of his daughter Edna B. Lawrence. In 1902 Arthur M. Blackwell of Las Vegas, New Mexico, moved back to St. Louis and created with partner Paul J. Wielandy the Blackwell-Wielandy Book and Stationary Company; Mr. Lawrence assumed the position of Treasurer and Secretary.
Following the untimely death of his first wife and with New Mexico's upcoming statehood in 1912, he moved October 1909 to Clayton, New Mexico, to establish Wielandy and Lawrence Hardware Store and purchase a large hog ranch. Drafted in 1917, he trained at Camp Funston, Leon Springs, Texas as a member of the 8th Infantry Company, 15th Provisional Training Regiment. He was honorably discharged and moved to El Paso to take a sales position at the International Book and Stationary Company and later Southwestern Portland Cement Company. On sales trips to Brownwood, Texas, widow Charles Lawrence met widow Catherine Boysen Gehring and they married in Fredericksburg, Texas on June 20, 1926.
With the emerging National Reclamation Movement and the 1922 Rio Grande Irrigation and Reclamation Project, he purchased in 1924 his lower valley fully irrigated cotton farm at 9634 Socorro Road (formerly South Loop Road) in Ysleta where he lived with Catherine and her daughter for the next 34 years. He unsuccessfully ran for Ysleta County Commissioner Precinct 2 in 1934 and 1936.
Holder of several industrial patents, he manufactured his 1936 Lawrence "Statite" screen doors, "Clincher" galvanized stucco wall siding, and "Everflow" ink pens in his factory on the farm. He pioneered the introduction of long staple Pima cotton to the upper Rio Grand valley.
Raised on August 24, 1904 in the Missouri Masonic Lodge No. 1 A.F.&A.M, Mr. Lawrence achieved a thirty-second masonic degree. He was a 1905 Noble of the Moolah Temple of the Mystic Shrine and member of the St Louis Commandery No. 1 of Missouri Knights Templar, Lumbermen's Association of Texas, and Southwest Irrigated Cotten Growers Association.
Surviving are Wife, Catherine Boysen Lawrence of Ysleta; step-daughter Catherine A. Metzger (54428875) of El Paso; son Charles H. Lawrence, Jr. (27314506) and second wife Edah Perkins Smith of Lake Charles, Louisana. Brother Henry C. Lawrence (106214227) preceded him in 1956 and daughter Edna B. Lawrence in 1925. Burial will April 10, 1958 at Evergreen Cemetery managed by Harding and Orr Funeral Home.
Ida Catherine Boysen Lawrence (1893 - 1979)
Evergreen Alameda Cemetery
El Paso County
Plot: Section D
Created by: Steve Metzger
Record added: Mar 05, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106213965