|Birth: ||Feb. 13, 1846|
|Death: ||Apr. 8, 1908|
Source: "Memoirs of Milwaukee County: from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Milwaukee County (1909)", by Jerome Anthony Watrous.
Charles Quarles, deceased, was one of the conspicuous members of the legal fraternity in Milwaukee throughout a period of twenty years, and being recognized as profound and able, he easily took rank with the leading lawyers of the state. He was a younger brother of Judge J. V. Quarles, of whom extended personal mention is made elsewhere in this volume, and in the same connection mention has been made of the fact that their father was one of the pioneer settlers of Kenosha. Charles Quarles was born in Kenosha on Feb. 13, 1846, grew to manhood in that place and began his professional career in the same city.
After passing through the full course of study in the public schools and being graduated in the high school, he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and pursued the classical course until the latter part of the senior year. While at Ann Arbor he was a member of the Greek letter society of the Alpha Delta Phi. He left the University a few months before the time for graduation, but some thirty years later, in 1898, that institution conferred upon him the degree of A. B. and ranked him with his class of 1868.
His first encounter with the world was in Chicago, where he entered the offices of the home fire insurance company of New York, remaining thus engaged for about three years, after which he spent two years in the west, principally in southwest Kansas and Indian Territory. While at work in Chicago he had resolved to become a member of the bar, and at the end of his western sojourn, in 1874, he returned to Wisconsin and began the study of law in the office of Head & Quarles at Kenosha. He was a diligent student, pursued a thorough and systematic course of reading, and was admitted to practice in 1875. He immediately began the practice of his profession in Kenosha, which city was the base of his operations for the ensuing thirteen years, at the end of which period his services were in such demand that lie determined to enter a wider sphere of activity. In the spring of 1888, he united with his brother, Joseph V. Quarles, and Thomas W. Spence, then practicing at Racine, to form the firm first known as Quarles, Spence & Dyer, and later as Quarles, Spence & Quarles, which soon commanded a large business and rapidly entered the front rank. The firm had offices both in Milwaukee and Racine and consequently Mr. Quarles moved to Milwaukee. As a member of this firm, Mr. Quarles contributed his full share toward the attainment of its high repute, and he became personally conspicuous among the able and accomplished lawyers of the city and state.
Leading members of the Milwaukee bar, upon his sudden and unexpected death, joined in paying tributes to the worth of Mr. Quarles as a man and a lawyer, among which was the following by Judge John C. Ludwig: "I can only say at this moment that Mr. Quarles was one of the most prominent attorneys in the state. He was a man not only of the highest standing in his profession, but was highly educated outside of that, and was generally well informed. He was a thorough gentleman, a man of most amiable disposition, a man of the most acute mind, and highly respected by all who knew him."
While he was a firm believer in the platform expressions of the Republican party, he was never active in practical politics. He held but two public offices during his life, taking them at the earnest solicitations of many citizens -- president of the school board of Milwaukee and also at Kenosha while living there. The position of school director he was appointed to in 1897, and his associates on the board recognized the public spirit which prompted a busy man like him to give a portion of his time to the schools by unanimously electing him president of the board. He also served one term as a member of the state board of examiners for the admission of applicants to the bar.
He managed to have some time for the social side of life, and was a member of the Milwaukee, the Deutscher, the Country, the University and the Yacht clubs and the Archaeological Society, and his love for animals was attested by his membership in the Wisconsin Humane Society. He was also a member of the Masonic Order. He was fond of outdoor sports and made it a rule to enjoy at least one fishing trip a year, going to either Florida or California. He had returned from an annual outing in the latter state a few days before his death, that deplorable event occurring on April 8, 1908.
Mr. Quarles was married in November, 1881, to Miss Emma Thiers, of Kenosha, who survives him. Their union was blessed by the birth of four children : Louis Quarles and Charles Bullen Quarles, who were associated with him in the law firm of Quarles, Spence & Quarles ; Henry Capron Quarles, who is a senior at the University of Wisconsin, and Miss Ethel Quarles, who is a student at Vassar College.
Joseph Very Quarles (1799 - 1874)
Caroline Bullen Quarles (1809 - 1882)
Emma Walden Thiers Quarles (1854 - 1942)
Louis Quarles (1883 - 1972)*
Charles Bullen Quarles (1884 - 1968)*
Henry Capron Quarles (1886 - 1924)*
Ethel Quarles French (1889 - 1978)*
Green Ridge Cemetery
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