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Charles Joseph "Charlie" Chatfield
Birth: Nov. 18, 1895
Mesa County
Colorado, USA
Death: Aug. 2, 1986
Butte County
California, USA


Military: 1916: Mexican Border Campaign
Mar 1917: WWI, Army Sergeant Co. H, 160th Infantry, American Expeditionary Force, served in replacement and depot divisions in France

Occupation: Rice rancher with father, truck driver for Union Ice Company, fruit stand owner in Lodi; welder for U.S. Steel & Westinghouse Electric Co.

Affiliation: Veterans of Foreign Wars (Post 1555)

Avocation: Photographer (8mm movies)

Died: at age 90; heart attack

Married: Apr 30, 1927, VELMA AVIS TURNBULL, Oroville, Butte Co., CA

Children: none

Charley & Velma traveled the west visiting America's dams, herculean monuments to this country's ingenuity and hubris, Velma instructing Charley how to use the camera ("push the red button, Charley, push the red button…"), Charley taking reel after reel of color 8-millimeter movies of the panoramic views, all with no people in them. At seventeen, Charley worked on the Cody Dam in Wyoming; along with the weather, dams were his lifelong interest. The Chatfield Dam on the South Platte River in Colorado is named after his grandfather, I.W. Chatfield.

He belonged to camera club where members viewed one another's home movies and he had over a hundred reels of black and white film of dams throughout the United States—and one reel of the family.

In Aug of 1986—while watching a televised baseball game—Charley jumped up in the middle of a play and had a heart attack.

At the age of ninety he died where we would all like to end up—in Paradise.

Family links: 
  Charles Henry Chatfield (1870 - 1942)
  Nellie Belle Chamberlin Chatfield (1873 - 1956)
  Velma Avis Turnbull Chatfield (1905 - 1991)*
  Charles Joseph Chatfield (1895 - 1986)
  Leo Willard Chatfield (1897 - 1956)*
  Howard Francis Chatfield (1899 - 1953)*
  Roy Elmer Chatfield (1901 - 1978)*
  Nellie Mary Chatfield McElhiney (1903 - 1983)*
  Gordon Gregory Chatfield (1905 - 1948)*
  Verda Agnes Chatfield Day (1908 - 1978)*
  Arden Sherman Chatfield (1910 - 1981)*
  Ina Jacqueline Chatfield Fouch (1913 - 1993)*
  Noreen Ellen Chatfield Clemens (1915 - 1968)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Buried Aug 6, 1986
Glen Oaks Memorial Park
Butte County
California, USA
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Record added: Dec 28, 2008
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Charles Joseph Charlie Chatfield
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