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 Charles Harrison Lawrence, Sr

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Charles Harrison Lawrence, Sr

  • Birth 28 Apr 1881 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 8 Apr 1958 El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
  • Burial El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA
  • Plot Section D
  • Memorial ID 106213965

EL PASO Texas 1958—Long time Ysleta, Texas, resident, screen door manufacturer, and Lower Valley cotton farmer Charles H. Lawrence died Tuesday following a long illness with complications from an old unhealed right hip facture.

Born April 28, 1881 in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania to Louis Lawrence of Virginia and Molly Boyd of Maryland, he led an industrious life as a salesman, accountant, soldier, play and short story author, farmer, inventor, political candidate, and small business owner. Mr. Lawrence moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1900 amid the growth with the coming 1904 World's Fair. He soon opened his first of many enterprises, Lawrence Hardware Company. In January 1902 Arthur M. Blackwell of Las Vegas, New Mexico, moved back to St. Louis and created with partner Paul J. Wielandy the Blackwell-Wielandy Book and Stationary Company. Mr Lawrence later assumed a position in sales. He also held the position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Consolidated Publishing Company. In 1905 he incorporated his mercantile store as Goke, Blackwell & Lawrence.

He married and in 1902 enjoyed the birth of his daughter Edna B. Lawrence. However, following the untimely death of his first wife and with New Mexico's upcoming statehood in 1912, he moved in October 1909 to Clayton, New Mexico, to manage A.M. Blackwell's mercantile store, Floersheim-Blackwell & Co. He also purchased a large hog ranch. In 1910 Goke, Blackwell, and Lawrence merged with Floersheim-Blackwell & Co., and he married Edah Raymond Perkins of Lake Charles, Louisana. Their son, Charles H. Lawrence, Jr. was born in 1912.

Drafted in 1917, he trained at Camp Funston, Leon Springs, Texas as a member of the 8th Infantry Company, 15th Provisional Training Regiment. He was honorably discharged and moved to El Paso to take a sales position at the International Book and Stationary Company and later Southwestern Portland Cement Company. On a 1923 sales trips to Brownwood, Texas, Mr Lawrence met the widow Catherine Boysen Gehring; they married in Fredericksburg, Texas at the First Baptist Church of Fredericksburg on June 20, 1925 by Rev L.H. Billings.

Taking advantage of the emerging National Reclamation Movement and the 1922 Rio Grande Irrigation and Reclamation Project, he purchased in 1920 his lower valley fully irrigated cotton farm at 9634 Socorro Road (formerly South Loop Road) in Ysleta where he lived with Catherine and her daughter for the next 34 years. He unsuccessfully ran for Ysleta County Commissioner Precinct 2 in 1934 and 1936.

Holder of several industrial patents, he manufactured his 1936 Lawrence "Statite" screen doors, "Clincher" galvanized stucco wall siding, and 1915 "Everflow" ink pens in his factory on the farm. He pioneered the introduction of long staple Pima cotton to the upper Rio Grand valley.

Raised on August 24, 1904 in the Missouri Masonic Lodge No. 1 A.F.&A.M, Mr. Lawrence achieved a master mason thirty-second masonic degree. He was a 1905 Noble of the Moolah Temple of the Mystic Shrine and member of the St Louis Commandery No. 1 of Missouri Knights Templar, Lumbermen's Association of Texas, and Southwest Irrigated Cotten Growers Association.

Surviving are Wife, Catherine Boysen Lawrence of Ysleta, Texas; stepdaughter Catherine A. Metzger (54428875) of El Paso, Texas; son Charles H. Lawrence, Jr. of Lake Charles, Louisana, and second wife Edah Perkins Lawrence of Birmingham, Alabama. Brother Henry C. Lawrence preceded him in 1956 and daughter Edna B. Lawrence in 1925. Burial will be April 10, 1958 at Evergreen Cemetery managed by Harding and Orr Funeral Home, the Reverend Kenneth L. Rice, Sr. of St Christopher's Episcopal Church officiating.


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  • Created by: Steve Metzger
  • Added: 5 Mar 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 106213965
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Harrison Lawrence, Sr (28 Apr 1881–8 Apr 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 106213965, citing Evergreen Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Steve Metzger (contributor 47313434) .