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Charles Patrick Reynolds

Male 1897 - 1971  (73 years)


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  • Name Charles Patrick Reynolds 
    Born 8 April 1897  Middleville, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Clerk for the Pennsylvania Railroad 
    Died 7 March 1971  Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cancer
    Buried Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, GR Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • Chuck was born in 1897 to Mike and Hannah Reynolds. They were farmers at the time, living in Middleville, Mi, just south of Grand Rapids in Barry County. Chuck had an older sister, Peg, and an older brother, John. John died of dysentery before he was four years old, and Chuck’s parents felt the little boy could have been saved had they lived in town, closer to medical help. So they moved into Grand Rapids when Chuck was two or three. Chuck had two younger sisters — Marie and Bernadine — and Marie died of Scarlet Fever when she was four.
      Chuck was a toe-head (blonde) until he was 12 when his hair changed to black. He attended St. Andrew’s Grade School and later, Catholic Central H.S., walking the 1.25 miles back and forth each way with his sisters. His favorite sports were baseball and boxing. Chuck and his friends boxed in the barn his father rented for his company milk wagon until his mother found out. She forebade it because the family would be liable in the event of any injury. So the boys found another barn in which to pursue the sport. One of these barns may have been on the northwest corner of Jefferson and Hall Streets. Chuck grew to be 5’6” tall.
      Chuck’s father died in July 1915, when Chuck was 18. He enlisted in the Army three years later as a private.

      Military Record of Charles P. Reynolds:

      15 Aug 1918 - Entered U of M Training Detachment as a private
      09 Nov 1918 - Transferred to Camp Crane, Allentown, PA to Mobile Hospital
      Unit 107.
      08 Dec 1918 - Transferred to USA Debarkation Hospital #3 in New York City
      15 Feb 1919 - Promoted to 1st Class Private
      01 May 1919 - Transferred to Camp Merritt, New Jersey
      15 May 1919 - Sent to Camp Custer and was discharged because his services were no longer needed (end of World War I). Thus, he served nine months.

      Chuck contracted influenza while in the Army in 1918 and almost died; his fever rose to 107 degrees. His mom and sisters Peg and Bernadine made the train trip to visit him in the hospital. To relieve the fever, the doctor made a cut inside his nose, which induced bleeding which eventually broke the fever.
      Since his father’s death, Chuck contributed to his family’s income, even after he married Helen Tennis in 1924. He got a job as a clerk with the Pennsylvania Railroad, employment he kept through the Great Depression and held for the rest of his life. Chuck and Helen rented homes on Caulfield, then at 1917 Horton SE before buying a home at 1744 Union Blvd. SE in 1942.
      Chuck was a avid Notre Dame fan and listened to all the Fighting Irish football and basketball games on radio and later, television. In the first two years of their marriage Chuck and Helen drove to South Bend to see many of the home football games, but when their first child was born very small and had to be in an incubator, Chuck insisted they stay home for a year until she got stronger and not entrust her to a babysitter.

      1930 US Federal Census:
      renting at 1323 Jefferson SE from owner Rosa DeBoer:
      Reynolds, Charles, head of household, 32, male, married at 26 yrs, born in Michigan as was his father, his mother born in Irish Free State, crew dispatcher for a steam railroad
      Reynolds, Helen, wife, 30, female, married at 24 yrs., born in Michigan as were born of her parents
      Reynolds, Georgia, daughter, 4 yrs, 2 months
      Reynolds, Mary J., one yr, ten months

      1940 US Federal Census:
      renting at 1917 Horton SE for $25 per month:
      Reynolds, Charles P., head, 43, two years of high school education, clerk at a railway office, worked 52 weeks last year and made $1900
      Reynolds, Helen G., 40, three years of high school education
      Reynolds, H. Georgia, 14, just completed 8th grade
      Reynolds, Mary Jane, 11, just completed 5th grade
      Reynolds, Patricia Ann, 4

      Chuck and Helen had a group of friends from the railroad that they played setback and cribbage with on weekends. They often took the girls on boat rides on Reeds Lake in East Grand Rapids when they were small. Chuck’s wife Helen always said of him, “He was a good scout.”
      Chuck died of cancer. He was a lifelong cigarette smoker, but it wasn’t lung cancer that took his life in 1971. His obituary in The Grand Rapids Press read: “REYNOLDS — Charles P. Reynolds, age 73, of Union Blvd. SE, passed away Sunday afternoon. Surviving are his widow, Helen; three daugters, Sr. Maurita O.P. at Catholic Central (teaching at the high school), Mr. John (Mary) Bek, Mrs. Harry (Patricia) Jennings; seven grandchildren, a sister, Bernadine Reynolds, all of Grand Rapids. The deceased was a veteran of WWI, a member of the American Legion Daniel Waters Cassard Post No. 206, Brotherhood of Railroad Clerks, Holy Name Society and Senior Guild of St. Francis Xavier Church. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock in St. Francis Xavier Church. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery. Mr. Reynolds reposes at the Ronan Funeral Home, 1701 Madison Ave. where a Bible-Rosary Service will be held at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening.”
    Person ID I947  Moore-Bek
    Last Modified 11 December 2015 

    Father Michael Reynolds,   b. June 1859, Kalamazoo, MI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 July 1915, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Mother Johannah Marie Dunne,   b. 13 March 1870, Glounerdalive, Ballyduff, Co. Kerry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 June 1944, Grand Rapids, MI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 26 April 1892  GR -- St. Andrew's Cathedral Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F164  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Helen Georgia Tennis,   b. 10 September 1899, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 February 1994, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years) 
    Married 16 August 1924  Grand Rapids, St. James Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
    +2. Mary Jane Reynolds,   b. 26 May 1928, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 November 2006, Grand Rapids, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    +3. Living
    Family ID F34  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart


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