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Charles Francis Bone
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1844
Erie County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Apr. 24, 1905
Rice Lake
Barron County
Wisconsin, USA

Charles Francis Bone was born February 20, 1844, in Erie County, Pennsylvania, son of Francis and Johanna Bone, also born in the same county. He died April 24, 1905, at his home in Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, aged 61 years, 2 months and 5 days, and was buried there in Nora Cemetery. The Family plot contains a "Bone" headstone and a military style gravestone inscribed "Charles Bone Co. I 14th Wis. Inf. 1844 - 1905."

Charles was married twice with his first marriage to Catherine Tack ending in divorce on November 10, 1874, in the Circuit Court sitting at LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Examination of the divorce decree revealed that Catherine sued for the divorce on the grounds that Charles had failed to support her and their son Francis for over two years.

On April 23, 1877, Charles was united in marriage to Anna Melissa Pettit, by John Rusk, J.P., at Barron, Barron County, Wisconsin, in a ceremony witnessed by Noble M. Rockman and Alice Jones. Anna was born February 21, 1859, at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, daughter of Lemuel and Jennie Pettit, born in Connecticut and New York respectively and both early pioneers of Barron County. She died September 21, 1947, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law at 2004 Meyers Place, Costa Mesa, California, aged 88 years and 7 months and was buried there in Fairhaven Cemetery. On her death certificate it was noted that she had been a resident of California for 25 years and of Costa Mesa for 15 years. Their two children, both born in Wisconsin, were:

Harry P. born 28 Aug 1878
Florence E. A. 18 Apr 1887

On May 4, 1910, Florence was united in marriage to Harold J. Shaffer at Davenport, Iowa.

On April 12, 1913, Annie M. Bone was united in marriage to Charles Canning by Reverend R. G. Winkler at the Methodist Episcopal Church at Garden City, South Dakota, in a ceremony witnessed by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bailey. On March 24, 1916, she received an uncontested divorce in Brown County, South Dakota, and her previous last name of Bone was restored. After the divorce she lived in Garden City, South Dakota and he moved to Aberdeen, South Dakota. No known children.

Charles was the publisher of the Rice Lake Chronotype, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, for a time. While there he became a charter member of the Martin W. Heller Post, G.A.R., and it's first Junior Vice Commander.

Charles was A Civil War veteran having served as a Corporal in Company I, 14th Wisconsin Infantry. Charles enlisted October. 19, 1861, at Black River Falls, Jackson County, Wisconsin, and on January 30, 1862, was mustered into Federal service with his company at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On Dec. 10, 1863 he was mustered out of Federal service at Vicksburg, Miss., in order to reenlist the next day as a veteran volunteer and qualify for the $400.00 reenlistment bounty. His muster in was to date December 23, 1863. At that time he was listed as a 21 year old, 5'8" tall soldier, with black hair, black eyes and a dark complexion, born in Penn.

On March 1, 1865 he was promoted to 2nd Corporal. On October 9, 1865, he was mustered out of Federal service with Company I at Mobile, Alabama. On the muster out roll it was noted that he owed sutler E.R. Ferris, $43.00.

On September 15, 1890, Charles filed Application No. 887.482, for an Invalid Veteran's Pension, which was approved under Certificate No. 623,837. On May 11, 1905, Annie M. Bone filed Application No. 827,869, for a Widow's Pension, which was approved under Certificate No. 604,923. Both applications are retained by the Veterans Administration under file No. XC 2,676,325. At the time of her death Annie M. Bone's pension was $48.00 per month.

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Charles F. Bone, was listed as a 37 year old printer living in Rice Lake, Stanfold Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, with his 22 year old wife Annie and their 2 year old son, Henry P. Bone.

In the 1890 U.S. Census, Special Schedule, Charles F. Bone was listed as living in the City of Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, and as having served as a Corporal in Company I of the 14th Wisconsin Infantry form October 19, 1861, to October 9, 1865, for total service of 3 years, 11 months and 10 days.

In the 1900 U.S. Census, Charles Bone was listed as a 56 year old printer living in the City of Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, with his 41 year old wife Anna M. and their two children, Harry L. Bone, a 21 year old foreman in the printing office and 13 year old Florence E. A. Bone, a student. They had been married 35 years, owned their house free and clear and were the parents of two children, both living.

References: 1880 U.S. Census, Rice Lake, Stanfold Township, Barron County, Wisconsin, June 2, 1880, ED 191, Page 5, Line 25, Family 37/44. 1890 U.S. Census, Special Schedule, City of Rice Lake, Wards 1 & 2, Barron County, Wisconsin, ED 14, Page 1, Line 9, Family 53/62. 1900 U.S. Census, City of Rice Lake, Barron County, Wisconsin, June 9, 1900, ED 12, Sheet 4, Line 83, Family 56/57.

Newspaper Article

Rice Lake's Heavy Editor.

Charles F. Bone, probably the fattest editor in America, affixed a very ponderous signature to the register at Claredon hotel yesterday. Mr. Bone presides over the destinies of the Rice lake, Wis., Times, a paper of the true, time-tried Democratic faith. Editor Bone comes as a sort of benediction. He gives the lie to the statement that editors can not keep body and soul together. Mr. Bone seems to have kept the wolf from the door in remarkable good shape. He was weighted yesterday and tipped a pair of heavy hay scales at 325 pounds.

"Now if I was only worth my weight in gold, as some people say I am, what a fortune I would make for myself," remarked Mr. Editor Bone. "Supposing gold to be worth $16.50 per ounce, this rather corpulent frame o of mine would sell at the mints for the nice little sum of $58,800. I think, as a matter of fact, that I am really invoiced at that sum. At least, I'd rather live than take the sum and die."

"Rice lake, from whence I draw my pay, is a lively town of 4,000 people, and is getting to the front in all kings of agricultural and manufacturing pursuits," remarked Mr. Bone. "Our chief industry, you might say, is the making of lumber. We are located in a very rich timber belt and have excellent shipping facilities on the Soo and Omaha roads. I think our town has a bright future before it."
Editor Bone went into the army when he was sixteen years of age, and when he was mustered out, was just old enough to vote. He fought with distinction in the civil war, and is an enthusiastic veteran. He says that he has not always been as fat as he is now. When he was twenty-eight years old he weighed but 125 pounds, and feels that young men of the present era should feel some encouragement from his experience. After the war, Mr. Bone commenced the thrilling, ever-adventurous life of a country compositor, and says that today, he is the champion fat man typesetter of the world. He is ready to dispute the title with any and all comers. _Globe. [May 13, 1897, Cumberland Advocate, Cumberland, Wisconsin,]



Sudden Death Monday of the
Veteran Editor of the Rice Lake Times
- An Old Soldier of the Great Civil War.

Early Monday afternoon the people of the this community were shocked by the news, passed from one to another, that Chas. F. Bone, editor of the Rice Lake Times, had died suddenly from a stroke of apoplexy, after partaking of dinner at the usual hour. His health had not been of the best for more than a year, but of late he had been feeling better than usual and was looking forward hopefully to the approaching summer season.

Charles Francis Bone was born in Erie county, Pa., Feb. 20, 1844, and was a son of Francis and Johanna Bone, who were also natives of Erie county.. His grandfather, John Bone, was born in Scotland and came to this country in a very early day, his wife being a New Jersey lady. His maternal grandfather came from Ireland, his wife being a Vermonter. Deceased's parents left Pennsylvania in 1850 and settled at Rockton, Ill., where the father died in 1853. In 1854 the family returned to Erie county, Pa., where the mother married a Mr. Ferguson in Fairview. The same year they came west, locating in Clark county, Wis., where the parents spent their lives.

In 1859, Mr. Bone began learning the printing business. Oct. 19, 1861, he enlisted in the Fourteenth Wisconsin volunteer infantry, which was raised at Fond du Lac, and served in the sixteenth and seventeenth army corps, army of the Tennessee. He was engaged in all the important battles in which his regiment participated, among which were Shiloh, Iuka, Corinth, sieges of Vicksburg and Nashville. He was mustered out at Mobile, Ala., Oct. 9, 1865, and discharged at Madison, Wis.

For several years, Mr. Bone worked on various newspapers, and in 1874 he came to Rice Lake and worked on the Chronotype for one year, then spent one year as foreman on the Barron County Shield at Barron. Returning to this place, he was editor and publisher of the Chronotype for nine years. At the end of this time he purchased the Rice Lake Times, which he edited and published until his death. He served as chairman of the town board for four years and as mayor of the city for one term. In April 1877, Mr. Bone married Miss Annie M. Pettit of Barron, daughter of an old settler in Barron county. They have two children, Harry P. and Florence E.

In politics Mr. Bone was a Democrat and made the Times an exponent of that party. Fearless and outspoken, he was ever an able champion of what he considered the people's rights and his pen had a power that was feared by his enemies, praised by his friends and respected by all. As one of the old-time printers and editors, he had few equals. His eventful life exemplified the truth that "we live in deeds, not years. [April 25, 1905, Rice Lake Chronotype, Rice Lake, Wisconsin.]

Family links: 
  Anna Melissa Pettit Bone (1859 - 1947)
  Harry Lemuel Bone (1878 - 1961)*
  Florence Emily Bone Shaffer (1887 - 1976)*
*Calculated relationship
Nora Cemetery
Rice Lake
Barron County
Wisconsin, USA
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Record added: Mar 28, 2003
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A Civil War veteran having served as a Corporal in Company I, 14th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
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