Charles Edward Tracy was the seventh and youngest child of John Edward and Maria Artlysia (Boblett) Tracy. He was born December 5, 1872 in McLean, Illinois. He was just a toddler when the family moved to Nebraska and attended school in a sod schoolhouse in York, Nebraska during his younger years.
He married Lizzie Shepherd, November 12, 1896 in York, Nebraska. The information I have says they were divorced (I do not have any source on this though).
He next married Ella Blood, April 27, 1904 in West Point Wisconsin. Charles and Ella lived in York, Nebraska and had five children: John Edward (1905), Rosco Raymond (1910-1917), Alvin Royal (1913), Pauline Sarada (1918), and Alice May (1920). I was able to spend some time this spring getting to know Alice. She is a family historian as well and we had a great time swapping research and stories.
Sometime before 1930, Ella and Charles were divorced. Charles married Vine Whitbeck Rhodes, August 23, 1930 in Lincoln, Nebraska. She was six years older than him and she died in 1952.
Charles made his career working for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy railroad working on a bridge gang. Charles died July 12, 1955 in York, Nebraska and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery there.
His second son died as a child but John Edward, Alvin Royal and Pauline Sarada all lived and died in California and Alice lives in Colorado.
And on a fun note – my grandma gave me an old brown hat once when I was visiting her. She said it had been her Uncle Charlie’s. I still have that hat and it looks just like the one Charles is holding.