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Charles Needham Avery, Sr.
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Birth: Nov. 19, 1874
Stroud
Chambers County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jul. 30, 1966
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA

h/o Adla Nelson - m. 19 Apr 1905
h/o Ruth Johnson
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Children:
Frances E Avery - b. ~1907
Marian Hedwig Avery - b. 1908
Helen Louise Avery - b. 24 Feb 1911
Charles N Avery - b. 05 Sep 1912

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Article provided by Churchwell:

"The LaFayette (AL) Sun" - November 12, 1913:

Chambers County Boys Who Have Made Good - By J. E. Timmons.
This is the third of the series of sketches of our county boys who have made their impress on the world.

C. N. AVERY - It was in the early nineties that there come out of the hills a lank and lean youngster who had more pluck to the pounds per boy flesh than was ever wrapped up in a son of Adam. His pluck was backed up by ambition and determination. From the cotton patch he emerged with lint all over his anatomy, his hair touselled and his face wreathed in smiles. He ambled into The Sun office, braced this writer for a job, and got it, and won his way into the hearts of everybody in the office from “devil” to Senior Editor, even the office cat loved him for his smiling countenance and big hearted disposition. But, to recount his early struggles while attending school at LaFayette College, his scraps with the printing office “galley”, “pie”, and “copy” would take too much time and space. Suffice to say, he trod a rugged road, faced difficulties, balked never a time at the nagging of the boys, the problems of the school room or the smiles of the girls. There came -a day when he said farewell to old Chambers and fared forth to conquer the world. That he has been a conquerer, the following lines will tell the story.
For a man to “take Texas” and be a live one is no little task, but this man Needham Avery has demonstrated beyond the peradventure of doubt that grit, brains and nerve are winners, and today he is a factor in finance and a builder of business in Austin, Texas. Under the present Democratic administration, he is Chairman of the Mining Board, a position of importance. Recently, during the absence from the State of the Governor and the Mine Inspectors, a disastrous mine catastrophe took place. Mr. Avery hastened to the scene, and by his tact and judgment brought order out of chaos, and was enabled to save the lives of a number of men.

So well liked is he in his home town that he has lately been urged to run for Mayor, being supported by the leading daily papers in Austin and backed up by a petition of more than five hundred citizens. But he declined owing to his large business interests. He was offered the position of Secretary of State, or Purchasing Agent for the Sate, but he has kept out of politics, largely, only devoting a portion of his time to helping further and foster such reforms as will better the condition of the masses.
The Chambers of Commerce of Austin, recognizing his ability, placed him on two of the most important committees as Chairman, and the Young Men’s Business League find in him a most useful worker.

In the field of practical industry he shines more brilliantly than elsewhere. He is President and General Manager of the Balaam Hay Press Mfg. Co., and largest stock holder and general manager of Consumer’s Ice and Fuel Co. He is making of these enterprises strong and dominant factors in the business life of Austin.

Aside from these other interests he is also a farmer, having on his farm the finest registered hogs and cows, fancy chickens, ducks, and high grade horses and mules.
In the social life Mr. Avery has time to mingle, being helped greatly here, as well as in his business life, by his wife, who, with four children, a boy and three girls, are the joy and pride of this very busy man.

With crowning years of glory that have come to Mr. Avery, he has not forgotten his old home county and his boyhood friends. He received here the inspiration that lured him on to grander and nobler achievements, and often he turns back in his musings and there comes to him a longing for the days of long ago, when he basked in the sunshine on the rugged hills of his old East Alabama home. But he has higher heights yet to climb and he is reaching out after priceless prizes that are plucked only by persistence.
His old friends in Chambers confidently expect to see him occupying the Governor’s chair some day, and none will rejoice with him in his added honors more than this writer. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Richard Avery (1848 - 1914)
  Mary A. Jackson Avery (1854 - 1895)
 
 Spouses:
  Adla Nelson Avery (1880 - 1937)
  Ruth Johnson Avery (1884 - 1945)
 
 Children:
  Marian Hedwig Avery Watt (1908 - 1996)*
  Helen Louise Avery Phinney (1911 - 1987)*
  Charles N Avery (1912 - 1992)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elizabeth Avery Smith (1870 - 1914)*
  Charles Needham Avery (1874 - 1966)
  Green Jackson Avery (1877 - 1906)*
  William Mitchell Avery (1889 - 1916)*
  Olen Lee Avery (1898 - 1984)**
  Jessie Bail Avery Hunter (1900 - 1972)**
  Ben Carter Avery (1903 - 1974)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Oakwood Cemetery
Austin
Travis County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 2, Lot 779
 
Created by: Geno-seeker
Record added: Aug 09, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56867603
Charles Needham Avery, Sr.
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Charles Needham Avery, Sr.
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 Added: Aug. 13, 2015
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 Added: Aug. 10, 2015

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 Added: Sep. 27, 2012
 
 
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