|Birth: ||Feb. 19, 1909|
|Death: ||Nov. 28, 1993|
From "The Pierre Gerardy Family in America," by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979, pp. 73:
Charles Richard Gerardy, son of Frank and Maude (Richard) Gerardy was born February 19, 1909, at Fact, Kansas. He was married on March 31, 1933, to Irene Edith Marshall, who was born November 4, 1907, at Clifton, Kansas, the daughter of C. C. and Cora Graham Marshall. Charles graduated from Kansas State Agricultural College (now Kansas State University) at Manhattan, Kansas, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Irene taught school in Clay County for three years and in Hidalgo County, Texas, for three years before" they were married in the Marshall home in Texas.
After they married they went to Clay County, Kansas, where they lived on the Peter Gerardy farm for seven years. Their two children were born there before the family moved to Indiana where Charles worked in an Ordinance Plant during the war years. He worked for Spencer Chemical Co. for a number of years and then the Gulf Oil Chemical Company of the Gulf Oil Corp. from which he retired. They resided in Vicksburg, Mississippi. They had a son and a daughter.
From "The Gerardy Farm in Clay County, Kansas" by Charles, Dale, and Vera Gerardy, in "The Pierre Gerardy Family in America," edited by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979, pp. 16 -17
Charles and Irene lived [on the farm homesteaded by their grandparents] from 1934 to August, 1941. 1933 to 1940 encompassed the dust bowl and depression years. Charles and Irene found this a difficult time; however, the terracing of fields was begun and the herd of registered Hereford cattle was enlarged. They set up housekeeping with largely cast-off furniture. One of these pieces was a small washstand of the kind designed to hold a wash basin and a water pitcher. This stand is understood to be the first piece of furniture (real furniture) owned by Peter and Caroline after they came to central Kansas. It has been preserved and refinished and now (1979) occupies a place of honor in the home of Charles and Irene's daughter, Charlene Hughes.
The early and middle thirties were years of generally poor crops and low prices. Money was notable mostly for its absence. While these were difficult years, they never lacked for food or fuel. Both their children were born in the downstairs bedroom. In 1934 feed was in such short supply that all but a handful of the heifers were sold. These survived the winter in good shape to become the nucleus of the new herd. During these years [Charles' father] Frank spent much time on the farm--fencing, cutting wood, trimming brush, etc., and, as noted above, helping with the terracing. Frank and Charles used a four-horse team and an old grader on this work though terracing at that time was considered by many as rather far out. These terraces, which still remain, may have been the first in the township, although Will Gerardy may have had some earlier .
By this period farm tractors with lugged steel wheels were becoming common. Frank saw the advantages of rubber tires and bought a tractor so equipped. This was one of the first in the north end of the county. This, too, was considered rather far out, but the idea seems to have caught on, and now one must go to a museum to see a lugged steel-wheeled tractor.
Frank Charles Gerardy (1877 - 1951)
Maude Richard Gerardy (1883 - 1973)
Irene E. Gerardy (1907 - 1994)*
Charles Richard Gerardy (1909 - 1993)
Howard Dale Gerardy (1911 - 1995)*
Vera Marie Gerardy Shepherd (1919 - 2002)*
Charles R. Gerardy / Feb. 19, 1909 / Nov. 28, 1993
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Originally Created by: ksrose
Record added: Oct 12, 2012
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