Friday, July 15, 2011

Charles Dill Space

Charles Dill Space.

Birth: Jan. 12, 1849, Sussex County, New Jersey.

Death: May 27, 1926, Sumner County, Kansas.

Burial: Prairie Lawn Cemetery, Wellington, Sumner County, Kansas.

Charles' parents separated when he was five years old and he and his older brothers were finished raising by other families. In the 1860 Census, he was in the home of his uncle William SPACE. He enlisted in the Regular Army at Cleveland, OH on Aug 9, 1870 and served in the 6th Cavalry, F Troop at Fort Griffin and Fort Richardson in Texas and in Wichita, KS until May 8, 1872 when he deserted from a camp near Ft. Hays, KS. His whereabouts after that are unknown until 1880, when he was found buying property in Belton, MO where he established and operated one or more feed mills.

He later moved with his family to Sumner Co., KS and made his living with his family-owned threshing outfit. From an obituary in the Wellington Daily News, May 31, 1926: Charles Dill Space was born in Sussex county, N. J., on January 12, 1848. He grew to manhood in the east, coming west to Kansas for the first time in 1873. Shortly afterward he returned east for a while, but the lure of the west was too strong for him and he came back to the great middle-west, locating in Missouri. He was united in marriage to Ollie Haley on October 15, 1888, at Belton, Mo., where the home was made for 5 years, then moving to Sumner County, Kansas, where the home has since been established. To this union seven children were born, all of whom are still living, and were present at the funeral services.

Mr. Space was converted, baptized and united with the First Baptist Church of Wellington on February 11, 1915, in which church he was a member to the time of his death. He had been in failing health for the past two years, and the end came suddenly on Thursday, May 27, 1926, at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 15 days. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Ollie Space and the seven children: Earl W. Space, Belen, N. M.; Frank C. and Robert H. Space, both of Kansas City, Kans.; Otis J. Space, Hutchinson; Mrs. C. E. (Maude) Shafer, Milan; Dewey Space and Juanita Space, Wellington. There are ten grandchildren and one niece, Mrs. Frank Ellis, Bayonne, N. J. Funeral services were held at the home on North Jefferson Saturday afternoon at 4 o'clock in charge of the Rev. James Fisher pastor of the First Baptist Church. 

Information was provided by Della M Shafer.

Those whishing to learn more on him can find him at the site of find a grave;

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