Judge Charles H Fletcher

Judge Charles H Fletcher

Rutland, Rutland County, Vermont, USA
Death 21 Nov 1913 (aged 69)
Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA
Burial Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA
Plot under a large cedar tree
Memorial ID 41269550 · View Source
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Aged 69 years 10 months 10 days

Son of
Samuel R Fletcher
  b. 1818 in Barre,
      Washington County, Vermont
  d. 1896 in Vermont
Roxana Matilda "Ann" Cole
  b. 28 Jul 1816 in Marshfield,
      Washington County, Vermont
  d. 20 Aug 1885 in Marshfield,
      Washington County, Vermont

Married Matilda Ann Champlin
on 6 Jun 1862
in Norwich,​ New London County,​ Connecticut

Civil War, 8 Aug 1862 - 31 May 1865:
Musician, Company D; Corporal, Company H,
14th Regiment,
Connecticut Volunteer Infantry
He was recruited at age 18 and served until General Lee's surrender.

Charles Fletcher had a fine, mellow, purring voice, and was the leading bass singer of the town of Emporia, Kansas, for nearly 30 years. He sang at every opportunity in theatrical, entertainment and musical productions and choirs. He sang at hundreds of funerals, and when friends of the deceased were scarce, he often doubled to play brass and act as pallbearer, of which he would say,
"I tuck them in and sing them to sleep".

Charles Fletcher and family moved to Brookfield, Missouri around 1868, then to Emporia, Kansas around 1872, then to Cherryvale in October 1901, where they resided the rest of their lives. At Emporia, Charles Fletcher was a railway engineer for the Santa Fe with a run between Topeka and Emporia, and in 1879 he was elected Constable. While working he studied law and was admitted to the Lyon County Bar in September 1879, and to the Montgomery County Bar in 1901. He was elected Justice of the Peace in 1880, and for years he served on all of the committees of public welfare. In Cherryvale, he was elected to the Board of Education in 1904 and re-elected as Chairman in 1906 and 1908. He was appointed Police Judge from 1906 to 1908 and was later elected, serving until his sudden death.

Charles Fletcher was prominent in Kansas Masonry, held a number of offices, and was highly informed on Masonic history and rituals. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and chairman of the inter-denominational Bible class. He also was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic of Cherryvale, and was a charter member of the Emporia post in 1882. He supported the Republican party as ward committeeman for years, and always sat on state and congressional delegations to offer guidance for his party.

At the time of his death, Judge Fletcher was secretary of the Cherryvale Masonic Lodge, secretary of the local chapter of Royal Arch Masons, a member of the Cherryvale Order of Eastern Star, Generalissimo of St. Bernard's Commandery Knights Templar of Independence, Kansas, and a member of Jabod Council Royal and Select Master Masons, Topeka. He was District Deputy Grand Master in 1909, District Deputy Grand High Priest from 1906 to 1909, and Past Worshipful Master of Cherryvale Lodge A.F. & A.M.

The funeral, held at the Presbyterian Church on 25 Nov 1913 at 2:30 in the afternoon, was largely attended, beautiful and impressive. The procession from the Presbyterian Church to Fairfield Cemetery, led by the Sir Knights in full uniform, followed by the Master Masons, members of the Montgomery County Bar, old comrades of the G.A.R, and friends in that order, numbered about 150 people in line, two abreast, a full block in length. Grave rituals were conducted by the Knights Kemplar, with the reading of the beautiful and impressive grave rituals. The services were a fitting tribute of respect to the memory of a consistent Christian gentleman of sterling character who loved his fellow man.

1850 Census
         in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts
1855 Massachusetts Census
         in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts
1860 Census
         in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts
1863 U.S. Civil War Draft Registration
1870 Census in Brookfield, Linn, Missouri
         Occupation: laborer
1875 Kansas Census in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas
         Occupation: R.R. NG (engineer)
1877, 1883, 1887 Emporia City Directory
1880 Census in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas
         Occupation: lawyer
1885 Kansas Census in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas
         Occupation: lawyer, Justice of the Peace
1895 Kansas Census in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas
1900 Census in Emporia, Lyon, Kansas
         Occupation: lawyer
1904 Coffeyville, Kansas City Directory
1905 Kansas Census
         in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas
1905, 1907, 1912 Cherryvale City Directory
1910 Census
         in Cherryvale, Montgomery, Kansas
         Occupation: Judge

Charles Fletcher and Matilda Champlin raised a splendid, useful, and happy family. Ten children were born, all living at the time of Judge Fletcher's death:

1. Charles H Fletcher, Jr
  b. 25 Dec 1862 in Connecticut
  d. 13 Sep 1931
      in Sanger, Fresno County, California
Married on 27 Dec 1882
in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
Eugenia "Jennie" Hunt

2. Josephine E "Josie" Fletcher Francis
  b. 27 Apr 1866
      in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
  d. 3 Mar 1918 in Berwick,
      Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Married on 2 Apr 1884 in Lyon County, Kansas
David Rhy Francis

3. Grace Fletcher Stewart
  b. 30 Nov 1868 in Missouri
  d. 28 Sep 1932 in San Francisco,
      San Francisco County, California
Married on 11 Oct 1885
in Lyon County, Kansas
Robert E "Bob" Stewart [son of
Alexander and Isabella W Stewart]
  b. Jan 1864 in Pittsburgh,
      Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  d. 1918

4. Eugene "Gene" Fletcher
  b. 12 Apr 1871 in Missouri
  d. 5 Aug 1933
Married on 1 Jun 1904
in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
Jessie Jeanette Holloway

5. Frederick Dwight "Fred" Fletcher
  b. 24 Feb 1874
      in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
  d. 13 Feb 1927 in Long Beach,
      Los Angeles County, California
Jessie Maxwell
  b. abt 1876 in Iowa

6. Maria Augusta Fletcher Williams
  b. 15 Aug 1877
      in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
  d. 15 Jan 1942 in Philadelphia,
      Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Married on 11 Mar 1896
in Lyon County, Kansas
Samuel T Warfield
  b. Oct 1866 in Delaware
  d. 5 Mar 1921 in Pennsylvania

Married in 1918 in Philadelphia,
Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
Joseph Brooks Williams
  b. 13 Oct 1884 in Philadelphia,
      in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
  d. Nov 1977 in Philadelphia,
      in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania

7. Helen "Nellie" Fletcher Mount
  b. 11 Sep 1879
      in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
  d. Nov 1961
Married on Easter 15 Apr 1900 at her parents'
home in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
Marcus Ensign "Mark" Cory

Married on 1 Jun 1904
in Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas
Charles William Haynie

Married on 26 Feb 1913 at her parents' home
in Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas
Walter Melvin Mount
  b. 22 Apr 1881 in Oil City,
      Venango County, Pennsylvania
  d. 16 May 1946 in Oil City,
      Venango County, Pennsylvania

8. Marion Arnold "Mame" Fletcher Thompson
  b. 10 July 1882
      in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
  d. 9 Oct 1955 in Yucaipa,
      San Bernardino County, California
Married on 17 Jun 1903
in Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas
Edward William "Ed" Thompson

9. Samuel Champlin "Sam" Fletcher
  b. 2 Feb 1885
      in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
  d. 5 Oct 1959
Married on 14 Apr 1909
in Fresno County, California
Sarah Crapon "Sadie" Smith Richardson
[daughter of
Ulysses Grant Smith and Hannah Crapon]
  b. 21 May 1887 in Rhode Island
  d. 8 Feb 1976
      in Los Angeles County, California

10. Alice Gertrude Fletcher Hibbard
  b. 29 May 1887
      in Emporia, Lyon County, Kansas
  d. 21 May 1964 in Oklahoma
Married on 14 Jun 1916 in Kansas
Hazen Kimball Hibbard


Ellen M "Nellie" Fletcher Putnam
  b. Jun 1839 in Vermont
  d. 11 Oct 1901 in Minneapolis,
      Hennepin County, Minnesota
     [Her widower George A Putnam married
      her widowed sister Mary A Fletcher Taber
      on 15 Feb 1902 in Minneapolis,
      Hennepin County, Minnesota]

Eugene Fletcher
  b. abt 1840 in Vermont
  d. [possibly in early 1879, when his mother
        applied for his Civil War pension]

Dwight Fletcher
  b. 16 Aug 1847 in Ware,
      Hampshire County, Massachusetts
  d. 18 Aug 1849 (of measles) in Ware,
      Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Mary A Fletcher Putnam
  b. 28 Feb 1852 in Ware,
      Hampshire County, Massachusetts
  d. 18 Jan 1918 in Minneapolis,
      Hennepin County, Minnesota
Married on 30 Nov 1871
in Linn County, Missouri
Thomas Brimblecome Taber
      (2 Nov 1840 - 6 Aug 1898)


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