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Charles Harrison Fields
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1841
Warren County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct., 1932
Boyle Heights
Los Angeles County
California, USA

He was a strict, rigid, and stern man.

Religion: SDA.

He was a Mason. In one family photo he is wearing a Mason's pin.

Charles Harrison Fields was born 15 July 1841 in Warren County, Pennsylvania. His parents were Alexander G. Fields and Charlotte Betsey Taylor. Charles was one of 13 or 15 children (of whom 8 survived into adulthood). The thought is he was named Charles in honor of his older brother Charles Perry Fields who is believed to have died shortly after the 1840 census while he was just a little boy. (Family Source).

Charles dove off a bridge when he was young and hurt his knee leaving him crippled. Thus, when the Civil War broke out he was unable to serve. However, two of his brothers, Thomas J. Fields and Dewitt Fields joined Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiments and served until the end of the war. Both saw action against the South.

m. 13 Sep 1869, Hopkinton, Delaware Co., IA, Phoebe Lucille Myers. Divorced shortly Bef 16 August 1905 when wife remarried in Garfield Co., OK.

Shortly after their marriage, Charles and Phoebe decided to join his brothers in O'Brien County. Charles and Phebe are listed in the 1870 census for O'Brien County, Iowa. Charles (29) and wife Phebe (19), [sic]) are living with brother Thomas and family. Charles is working as a shoemaker. Charles and Phebe would later settle on Sec. 20 near Calumet, in Liberty, O'Brien, Iowa. Brother Dewitt Fields also settled in O'Brien County. Charles and Phebe had three children while living in O'Brien--Lucy Charlotte, born Feb 1871; Thomas B. Fields, born in Nov 1876; and Carrie, born in Dec. 1877. Some family records suggest that Lucy Charlotte was born in Hopkinton, Delaware County, Iowa.

Charles is listed in the D.A.W. Perkins "History of O'Brien County" as living in the same section as his wife's sister and husband (William Milton and Abigail Breyfogle). Several of the Fields brothers are also listed in "Old Soldiers Who Have Lived in O'Brien County."
C.H. Fields was the Loup County Treasurer in Taylor, Loup County, Nebraska, from approximately 1889 to 1892.
Evidence for Mr. Fields serving as Loup County Treasurer from approximately 1889 to 1892 come from Loup County records and were recorded in the book, Loup County Centennial Book, 1883-1983, by the Centennial Commitee, Burwell, NE: Tribune Publishing, 1984, page 197, by Virginia Perkins Doty, under the Chapter XIV: Elected Officials of Loup County, 1883-1982. She cites as her sources Books 1-4 in the Clerk's Office of the Loup County Court House.

1880 Census: During the 1880 census Charles and Phebe Fields are living in Beaver, Decatur Township in Kansas. Their last name is incorrectly spelled "Phields." Charles is 35 (should be 39)--both of his parents are listed as from New York. Phebe's age is given as 30 (at little off). Her parents are listed as from Massachusetts. In the household are Lucy (9), Thomas (4) and Carrie (2). All three of the children were born in Iowa. Charles' occupation is farming. Charles' brothers, Thomas and Zac, live with their families nearby.

1883 Charles and Phebe were living in Bellaplain, Benton County, Iowa (a few miles west of Cedar Rapids), where their daughter, Lurinda Abagail Fields, was born 4 Aug 1883.

1883-5: A short while later Charles and his brother Thomas again decided to move--this time to Elkhorn Precinct, Dodge County, Nebraska. Charles and Phebe Fields appear in the June 1885 Census.

Loup County, Nebraska records:
C.H. Fields' wife is listed as Phebe Myers Fields and they were listed as married in 1869 in Iowa.
I show their children and birth dates listed as S.B., 1866; M.C., 1879; and L.A., 1883. (The Fields children's names and dates of birth came from the school census records of School District #5 Taylor, Nebraska from the 1880s.) We show Lucy's name as Lucy Charlotte Fields.

Pheobe was the first teacher in Loup County, Nebraska working three months for $20. (I don't know about Mrs. Myers Fields being the first teacher in Loup County. We had teachers here as early as 1876 before the county was organized but was under the jurisdiction of Valley County at the time. -Kevin Brown, President of Loup County Historic Society.)

Phoebe Lucille Myers (Fields) was also listed in the Business Directory for 1890-1891 in Taylor, Loup County, Nebraska: "Mrs. C. H. Fields Millinery." (The GAZETTE of Nebraska lists Mrs. Fields as in the millinery business.)

Lucy Fields (his daughter) was teaching in District #18 Butka about the time she was married to James Butka. She also taught a term in District #17 Loup County.

James Butka (son-in-law) and Francis "Frank" B. Butka (James' brother) were listed in the Farmers list for 1890-1891. (The Farmers List is on-line for 1890-1891on our Loup County website and that's where that information came from.)

In about 1888 Charles H. Fields was elected Treasurer of Loup County, Nebraska. C.H. Fields was the Loup County Treasurer in Taylor (Nebraska) from approximately 1889 to 1892.
Evidence for Mr. Fields serving as Loup County Treasurer from approximately 1889 to 1892 come from Loup County records and were recorded in the book, LOUP COUNTY CENTENNIAL BOOK, 1883-1983, by the Centennial Commitee, Burwell, NE: Tribune Publishing, 1984, page 197, by Virginia Perkins Doty, under the Chapter XIV: Elected Officials of Loup County, 1883-1982. She cites as her sources Books 1-4 in the Clerk's Office of the Loup County Court House.

C. H. Fields was elected Treasurer of Loup County, Nebraska and Frank Butka was a member of the first Board of Education and James Butka was later added as a member of the Board of Education.


1894 the Butkas and the Fields moved from Loup County, Nebraska, and never returned.
This is probably why the Butka Post Office moved.

Sometime during the mid 1890's Charles and Phebe decided to move to Columbia, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma.


1897: History of O'Brien County, Iowa, by D.A.W. Perkins
lists:
Fields, C.H., page 139,
D.C. page 138, 347-50, T.J. 138, 210, 243. "The information is about settlers in Liberty twp.
D.C. Fields, settled on section 26, and is now in business at Calument (ran a general store on pages 347-50).
Page 138-139 read:
"T.J. Fields, at one time a member of the board of supervisors, settled on section 26, and C.H. Fields on section 20". information from Nancy Wilson, O'Brien Co. look-up. Genweb of O'Brien Co., IA.


1900 U. S. Federal Census (June 4): Columbia, Kingfisher County, Oklahoma:
Roll: T623 1338; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 106.
Dwelling 134, Family 135:

Charles Fields, Head, White, Male, born July 1841, Age 60, Married, 29, Birthplace Pennsylvania, Father's Birthplace UN, Mother's Birthplace UN (UNKNOWN), Occupation Farmer, # months not employed 0, Read/Write/Speak English Yes Yes Yes, Own, Free of Mortgage, Farm, # of Farm Schedule 115.

Phebe Fields, Wife, White, Female, born June 1855, Age 45, Married, 29, 4, 4, Birthplace New York, Father's Birthplace New York, Mother's Birthplace New York, Read/Write/Speak English Yes Yes Yes.

Thomas B. Fields, Son, White, Male, born Nov. 1887, Age 23, Single, Birthplace Iowa, Father's Birthplace Pennsylvania, Mother's Birthplace New York, Read/Write/Speak English Yes Yes Yes.

Alexander B. Myers, Father-in Law, White, Male, born Aug. 1812, Age 86, Widowed, Birthplace New York, Father's Birthplace New York, Mother's Birthplace Vermont, Read/Write/Speak English Yes Yes Yes.


1905: Phoebe left Charles and divorced on 16 August 1905 and she married George L. Minear in Garfield County, Oklahoma. His ex-wife Pheobe later died in 1911.

m. (2) Between 1905 - 1910: It appears that Charles Harrison Fields remarried and that wife #2 died before the 1910 Census where he is listed as widowed and living with his daughter Lucy Charlotte Fields (Butka) (Menefee) and her husband #2.


1910 U. S. Federal Census (April 20): Dist. 267, Alva Ward 1, Woods County, Oklahoma
Dwelling 84, Family 84

William C. Menefee, Head, Male, White, Age 28, Marriage 1, Birthplace Missouri, Father's Birthplace Iowa, Mother's Birthplace Indiana, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Cook - Hotel, W, At Work Yesterday No, Unemployment 0, Can Read & Write Yes.

Lottie B. C. Menefee, Wife, Female, White, Age 27, Marriage 1, Birthplace Iowa, Father's Birthplace Pennsylvania, Mother's Birthplace New York, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Cook - Hotel, W, At Work Yesterday No, Unemployment 0, Can Read & Write Yes.

Charles A. Field, Father [should be father-in-law], Male, White, Age 69, Widowed, Birthplace Pennsylvania, Father's Birthplace Unknown, Mother's Birthplace Unknown, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Own Income - None, Can Read & Write Yes.


Oct 1911: Wife Phoebe's funeral - Group photo:
Top- Emery Washburn, Nelson "Nelt" Lincoln Huling, Hubert Swartout, Oscar Washburn,Veda Huling.
Middle - Carrie Huling, Charles Harrison Fields, Lurinda Washburn.
Bottom - Daisy Maude Butka (Swartout), Vella and Vera Huling.



Charles stayed with daughter Lurinda for a few years and later with daughter Carrie.
In 1912, Charles lived in Farmington, Washington County, Arkansas, not far east of the Oklahoma border (Route 2, Box 59).


1920 Charles Harrison Fields appears in the Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma directory (p. 72); he is retired at 1605 W. 2nd Street. (There is a photo of ths home).



1920 U. S. Federal Census: Bartlesville Township, Washington County, Oklahoma:
Roll: T625_1490, Page: 65B, ED: 271, Image: 0282
West 2nd Street, House 1605, Dwelling, 701, Family 832:

Nelson L. Huling, Head, Rent Home, Male, White, Age 60, Married, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Illinois, Father's Birthplace Illinois, Mother's Birthplace Illinois, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Carpenter - Smelter, Worked last regular day W, 148.

Mary Huling, Wife, Female, White, Age 41, Married, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Iowa, Father's Birthplace New York, Mother's Birthplace Iowa, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.

Vada Huling, Daughter, Female, White, Age 20, Single, Attend School Yes, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Oklahoma, Father's Birthplace Illinois, Mother's Birthplace Iowa, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.

Vera Huling, Daughter, Female, White, Age 17, Single, Attend School Yes, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Oklahoma, Father's Birthplace Illinois, Mother's Birthplace Iowa, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.

Vella Huling, Daughter, Female, White, Age 13, Single, Attend School Yes, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Oklahoma, Father's Birthplace Illinois, Mother's Birthplace Iowa, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.

Minabelle Huling, Daughter, Female, White, Age 9, Single, Attend School Yes, Birthplace Oklahoma, Father's Birthplace Illinois, Mother's Birthplace Iowa, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.

Charles H. Fields, Father-in-law, Male, White, Age 78, Widowed, Birthplace New York, Father's Birthplace New York, Mother's Birthplace New York, Able to Speak English, Occupation None.


In 1924 and 1925 Charles is at 1501 W. 3rd Street in Bartlesville, Washington County, Oklahoma.


1930 Census: Charles Fields eventually moved to Los Angeles, California. He is listed in the 1930 Census for San Fernando as (90) still living with his daughter Mary Carrie (53) and Nelson (Nelt) Lincoln Huling (70) a repairman doing odd jobs; granddaughter Vada Huling (300 a teacher at a private school. Granddaughter, Mirabelle, 19 a nursemaid for a private family.

1930 U. S. Federal Census (April 9): San Fernando, Los Angeles County, California
Roll: 170; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 1394; Image: 502.0.
1055 Griswold Avenue, House 1055, Dwelling 230, Family 231

Vada Huling, Head, Rent Home, $18 per month Rent, Does this Family Live on a Farm No, Female, White, Age 30, Single, Attend School No, Can Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Oklahoma, Father's Birthplace Ohio, Mother's Birthplace Nebraska, Code 86, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Teacher - Private School, Code 9494, Class of Worker W, At Work Yesterday Yes.

Nelson Huling, Father, Male, White, Age 70, Married, Age at First Marriage 21, Attend School No, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Ohio, Father's Birthplace United States, Mother's Birthplace United States, Code 59, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Repair Man - Odd Jobs, Code 7979, Class of Worker W, At Work Yesterday No, Line # on Unemployment Schedule 1B-35, Veteran No.

Mary C. Huling, Mother, Female, White, Age 53, Married, Age at First Marriage 18, Attend School No, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Nebraska, Father's Birthplace Pennsylvania, Mother's Birthplace United States, Code 69, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.

Minabelle Huling, Sister, Female, White, Age 19, Single, Attend School Yes, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Oklahoma, Father's Birthplace Ohio, Mother's Birthplace Nebraska, Code 86, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation Nursemaid - Private Family, Code 9596, Class of Worker W, At Work Yesterday Yes.

Charles Fields, Grandfather, Male, White, Age 90, Widowed, Attend School No, Able to Read & Write Yes, Birthplace Pennsylvania, Father's Birthplace United States, Mother's Birthplace United States, Code 51, Able to Speak English Yes, Occupation None.


d. 1931. (Wynona).
d. Abt Oct 1932, in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles County, California. He was 92 years old.

22 Oct 1932: He was buried in Los Angeles County, California. (Cemetery Records). [Probably died in week prior to this date.]

The San Gabriel DuBois Mortuary which was used has long been closed as of 2005, but the records are stored (now gone) at Pierce Brothers Simone DuBois Mortuary, 1136 E. Las Tunas Drive, San Gabriel, California 91776, phone (626) 287-0595. They claimed they do not have any old records any more.

Buried here (nearby) are the following relatives: Leon Howard Wirt & Ethel Teressa Wirt & Mabel Margaret Wirt & Carol Alice Ludington & Arminta "Minnie" Hoshaw & Benjamin Rush Wirt & Louis Goodrich Ludington & Lawrence "Larry" Goodrich Ludington & Lucy Charlotte Fields, Charles Harrison Fields, & Nelson "Nelt" Lincoln Huling. Some of them are related through the marriage his grandson Hersel who married Mabel Wirt.


Child not yet linked:
Thomas "Tom" B. Fields (7 Nov 1874, Primghar, O'Brien Co., IA - 4 Jan 1959, Houston, Harris Co., TX).
 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Alexander G. Fields (1795 - 1856)
  Charlottia Betsy Taylor Fields (1808 - 1888)
 
 Spouse:
  Phoebe Lucille Myers Fields (1855 - 1911)
 
 Children:
  Lucy Charlotte Fields Butka Menefee (1871 - 1960)*
  Thomas B. Fields (1874 - 1959)*
  Mary Carolyn Fields Miller (1877 - 1944)*
  Lurinda Abagail Fields Washburn (1883 - 1957)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lucinda D. Fields Bridge (1836 - 1908)*
  Charles Harrison Fields (1841 - 1932)
  DeWitte C. Fields (1846 - 1919)*
  Zachary Taylor Fields (1849 - 1934)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: No headstone. Nelson Lincoln Huling's urn was added to his plot.
 
Burial:
Grand View Memorial Park
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section G, Lot 12, Grave 6
 
Maintained by: Julie Evans
Originally Created by: Grand View Volunteers
Record added: Feb 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47488428
Charles Harrison Fields
Added by: Julie Evans
 
Charles Harrison Fields
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Charles Harrison Fields
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Great job cuz. How did you get the family secretes? Contact me please, I would like some of your documentation.thanks, Dena Guthrie. Lurinda,s grandchild.
- califdena@aol.com
 Added: Feb. 28, 2012
 
 
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