C. A. "Chuck" Fink

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Last Update: September 5, 2021 - See below...

I just added another Virtual Cemetery (on about June 12), this one based around a larger then usual, obviously old and tattered, professionally taken photograph (that was "Photoshop" restored to what you see today) my late mother gave me 40 some years ago. It shows her maternal grandmother...whom my mom never knew, Stella Showalter Booher (1883-1913) with her five sisters, Maude, Kathryn, Georgia, Blanche and Olive in a group picture taken a year or two before 1913, probably there in Missouri (that I have posted on every one of the daughter's and their parents' F.A.G. Memorials. So just scroll down through the Memorials in my new Virtual Cemetery "The Six Lovely Daughters of..." until you see the picture or each daughter's Memorial). The only thing on the picture was the equally old handwriting on the back that said: "The Six Lovely Daughter's of George & Lavelette Showalter of Springfield...". While I'm sure every one of these women that were there to be photographed that day took home at least one copy of this picture taken during this setting, I have yet to see this picture ever posted by anyone else. I also posted it on the old Broderbund's Family Tree Maker website (that was eventually bought out by Ancestry) back in the mid 1990's but again I've never seen it posted anywhere or by anyone else. I've spent years looking for and then adding pictures, information and even connected F.A.G. Memorials as things, people and places regarding this picture have become known, especially since F.A.G. has grown the way it has these past couple of years. Springfield MO - Where so far at least there's apparently no other family members interested in their "roots" (or maybe there's nobody from these branches of the family tree that're left?) because as far as I know and can tell through F.A.G. activity or inactivity on these people's memorials here, that before me were untouched & unconnected to other family members except the one's connected by the Memorial's author who also included a headstone picture...maybe (IF they actually stepped foot in that cemetery at all. Many BIG number Memorial authors never do...) Anyway, I'M THE MAIN ONE to have "connected" all these people through their F.A.G. memorials and to have added pictures and information (for the most part) to these memorials on all 6 Showalter sisters/daughters that appear in that old picture along with their offspring and descendants. Just yesterday (6/14) I finally "found" Kathryn Showalter Briles' husband, Charles W. Briles (1873-1917) who is the last husband of these six women that I needed to identify. I found him by using old City Directories. And her daughter Virginia Anderson and her husband Earl. I found her mentioned in her mother's obit but that being a common name made that search difficult. I now have all their names including husband's and dates of birth/marriage/death etc, etc. Children's names & dates. I know where they lived and what they did for work. Slowly but surely the blanks regarding these 6 lovely ladies in this old family photograph taken over 100 years ago are being filled in. As this is a work in progress, I'll keep adding to it as more information comes forward. And of course I'll gladly share any and all of my F.A.G. items & info with anyone that cares to ask...

Click on the USAF Veteran's medallion above for more on the time I spent in military service to our country. Wanting to avoid the Selective Service System's Draft that was in full swing along with a 2 year stint in the US Army (with one of those years served as a "grunt" in Vietnam that was guaranteed for draftees) instead I enlisted in the USAF right after high school graduation in July 1972 at age 17. And I was honorably discharged in 1976 just shy of four years of service at age 21 with two of those years served overseas at "the (then) largest & busiest air base in NATO." I love my country and I'm proud of my Vietnam era military service...

Long time genealogist/family historian here who was born in Elma, Washington (though till April 2017 I never lived here), and 60 years later I retired from the City of Tacoma (in 2009), I sold my long time home on Whitman Lake near Kapowsin (in 2015) and returned to the local Elma area (happily by myself) to get away from the rat-race that area (southeast Pierce County) has become and to be around family (in 2017). I first put together our family history in the late 1990's with a Pentium equipped computer, Windows 98, a dial up internet connection and Broderbund's Family Tree Maker software & website all with ZERO online resources. It's a lot different these days!! Especially with ALL of the family information and even pictures now available online. Ancestry dot com is VERY impressive and is among my favorite sources for genealogical info. They seem to be adding new information and features all the time. I use it a lot...

Most of the Fink's I'm related to were from the Malone area (my paternal grandfather Ted Fink, a "busheler", which was a highly skilled, old growth timber faller (who was there when the first chain saw came into Camp Grisdale) paid not by the hour but by the number of board feet felled in a day, for Simpson Timber Co. at Camp Grisdale for 25+ years (uninjured too) and who lived in Malone even longer, was probably the best known "Fink" in this area. Especially where they served cold beer on Friday and Saturday nights to thirsty, rowdy loggers!! :-), and the Elma and Aberdeen areas of western Washington state (from & in the Ladysmith, Rusk County, Wisconsin area as well) and are interred in Aberdeen's Fern Hill Cemetery & Mausoleum. My grandfather's older brother Bill Fink (Sr) and his wife Hazel are the only Fink's in Elma's Masonic Cemetery. My mother's maiden name was Jacobus (her parents were Walt & Nina Lee) with most of my immediate Jacobus relatives interred in our family section ("Block 99" under the large pine tree growing there) also at the Masonic cemetery. While there's a few Jacobus relatives and ancestors in Elma's OddFellows Cemetery (near the Fairgrounds), we are also related to the Jacobus' in the Centralia - Chehalis area with those Jacobus ancestors being interred for the most part in Centralia's Greenwood Memorial Park.

Feel free to use any of my pictures. This is genealogy which is meant to be SHARED...

Also I'm happy to give family members custody of any of those memorials I have authored on their family members. Please, just ask and I'll gladly transfer them right over to you, nothing else needed (except your Find-A-Grave ID #), within a few minutes too. They're your family. So I'm pleased you're interested and I'm glad I could help...

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