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Charles Henry Bridges, Jr
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Birth: Feb. 25, 1865
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
Death: Feb. 4, 1925

Charles Bridges, Jr. received his basic education from his father and spent his youth working the family farm. In 1887 Bridges met Mary Ellen Nate from nearby Paris, Idaho. After a year-long courtship the couple was married in the Logan LDS Temple on October 4, 1888. They settled in Dingle to farm and later had eight children who lived to adulthood.


In 1891 Bridges was called by the LDS Church to serve as a missionary in the recently opened Samoa Islands Mission, Pacific Ocean. Bridges was one of the first missionaries to proselyte in the Samoa Mission after it was opened in 1888 and he labored there for three years.

The first LDS missionaries were sent to Samoa in 1862, but no other missionaries were sent to Samoa until 1888. After the mission was opened the church continued to send missionaries to Samoa during the 1890s even though in 1888 and 1892-1894 various political and tribal wars erupted on the islands as natives fought for independence from western powers such as Germany, France, and the United States. Also during this time a number of LDS missionaries in Samoa died of various diseases, such as typhoid, because of the tropical conditions and the lack of available medical facilities. Beginning in the 1890s the LDS Church opened schools and established various work projects in attempt to win public support for the church and to improve living conditions on the local islands.

During Bridges' time in Samoa he proselyted on the Savaii and Upolu Islands of Samoa. He made regular trips to remote areas to proselyte and baptized numerous people. He also taught English to the local natives and took part in various work projects designed by the LDS Church. In the summer of 1893 Bridges' work slowed when he became ill, but he recovered within a month. Although Bridges recovered from his illness, he was left temporarily visually impaired. He struggled to see clearly and accomplish basic tasks for a period of two months before his eyesight was fully recovered.

In March 1894 Bridges was released from his missionary service and set sail for the United States. One month later he arrived home in Dingle and resumed farming. In 1894 Bridges was called to be Ward Historian for his LDS Ward. Bridges lived in Dingle until his death on February 8, 1925.

 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles Henry Bridges (1835 - 1913)
  Frances Elizabeth Pearson Bridges (1837 - 1928)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Ellen Nate Bridges (1872 - 1956)*
 
 Children:
  Francis Elizabeth Bridges Keetch (1889 - 1914)*
  Ellen Gertrude Bridges (1890 - 1891)*
  Charles Malyon Bridges (1891 - 1988)*
  Mary Viola Bridges Grandy (1895 - 1982)*
  Lucile Bridges Jewett (1896 - 1988)*
  Leston Cornell Bridges (1898 - 1993)*
  Etta Lorenia Bridges Pugmire (1900 - 1995)*
  Henrietta Bridges Jensen (1901 - 1956)*
  Jesse Nate Bridges (1905 - 1972)*
  Aldon Marcell Bridges (1906 - 1998)*
 
 Siblings:
  Sarah Elizabeth Bridges (1863 - 1867)*
  Charles Henry Bridges (1865 - 1925)
  Thaddeus Bridges (1867 - 1891)*
  Louisa Bridges (1870 - 1870)*
  Thomas Pearson Bridges (1871 - 1953)*
  Wallace Jeffcott Bridges (1874 - 1881)*
  Gertrude Bridges (1876 - 1877)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Dingle Cemetery
Dingle
Bear Lake County
Idaho, USA
 
Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Record added: Oct 11, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 78194687
Charles Henry Bridges, Jr
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Charles Henry Bridges, Jr
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