Charles John Peterson

Charles John Peterson

Male 1920 - 1994  (74 years)

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  • Name Charles John Peterson 
    Born 21 Feb 1920  Springfield, Sangamon Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 May 1994  Freeport, Bahamas Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      CHARLES JOHN PETERSON (3), b. 21 February 1920 at Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, m. Marcel SLEIGHT, 4 September 1938 at Louisiana, Pike County, Missouri, div. July 1939, m. EDNA JEROME BISHOP, 26 August 1944 at Seattle, King County, Washington, div. 16 February 1962, m. Eda Rae BRACKEN, 27 March 1962 at Hayward, Alameda County, California, m. Donna Lou KISER, 8 June 1975 at Margarita, Panama Canal Zone, div. 17 July 1989, d. 30 May 1994 at Freeport, Bahamas

          Father: CHARLES JOHN PETERSON (2), b. 9 October 1869 at Springfield,
          Sangamon County, Illinois, d. 12 December 1967 at Ellensburg, Kittitas
          County, Washington

          Mother: MARY ELIZABETH (MATIE or BESS) BALDWIN, b. 5 August 1880 at
          Lewistown, Fulton County, Illinois, d. 31 October 1967 at Ellensburg,
          Kittitas County, Washington

          Upchurch Bulletin, vol. 16, p. 90, 1995. XID-37342.

          Oral Family History Remembrances as related by Charles J. Peterson III
          in 1993: Cockerell in Idaho and Bob Skoles in Los Angeles are related
          on the Baldwin side, but the relationships are unclear.

          Springfield City Directories.

          1935: Charles J. Peterson, Jr., student, 1621 Noble

          1936/7, 1937: Charles J. Peterson, Jr., student Springfield High
      School

          1938: as 1937, but also Marcel Sleight, student Brown's Business
          College, res 436 W Cook; also Bertha Sleight, widow of Earl, 216 N
          Pine. Numerous Wanless listings.

          1939: Charles J. Peterson, Jr., musician, 1621 Noble Avenue

          1940: Bessie Wanless at 1855 S 18th

          1942/3: Charles J. Peterson, Jr. (Bess L.), employee Mill Tavern, res
          726 N 1st, apt. B

          1944: Charles J. Peterson, Jr., 808 South English (same address as
          Charles J. Peterson, Sr.)

          Like his father, this Charles was also very talented musically and
          spent much of his working career involved in music, as a performer
          using a wide range of instruments, as a composer in his own right, and
          as a transcriber of the music of others. During World War II he served
          as clarinetist with the 388th Army Special Forces Band at Fort Lewis,
          Washington. He also worked in the broadcast industry, for many years
          as a radio announcer, as well as maintaining an amateur (ham) radio
          station license.

          When he left the United in 1962 to go to the Panama Canal Zone, he
          started a new career as a radio mechanic and then joined the United
          States Civil Service as a member of the operations staff (variously
          working as an electrician, lock operator, and locomotive operator at
          the Gatun Locks) of the Panama Canal Company. He retired in 1982 and
          shortly thereafter moved to Freeport, Bahamas, with his then wife.

          It is unfortunate that Charles was the result of a marriage in which
          the parents were advanced in age (his father was 51 when he was born,
          his mother 40), and being childless, had turned their energies to a
          very active social life with friends and associates in the Springfield
          community. The arrival of a child did little to change this, to the
          detriment of that person's ability to develop lasting and mature
          relationships with others. The father was preoccupied with his
          business and social relationships, the mother with the latter, and the
          child was a neglected encumbrance.

          Of the several marriages of Charles, only the third produced
          acknowledged children.

      Obituary:
          The Freeport News, 31 May 1994, p. 3, obituary, Charles J. Peterson:
          Funeral service for Charles John Peterson, age 74 formerly of
          Springfield Ill, and a resident of 83 Casa Bahama, Freeport, who died
          in Freeport, Monday, May 30, will be held at the Gravesite of the Grand
          Bahama Memorial Park, Frobisher Drive on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.
          Officiating will be Local Spiritual Assembly of Baha'is of Freeport.
          His survivors includes [sic] three children, Charles, Richard and
          Mary, and many friends. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to
          the Grand Bahama Children's Home, Freeport.
          Funeral arrangement entrusted to Yager Funeral Home, Queen's Highway
          Freeport.
    Person ID I1  7: Wanless: Durham, England to Nova Scotia, Canada to Sangamon Co, Illinois
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2000 

    Family Bess L. Wanless,   b. 16 Oct 1920,   d. 30 Apr 1987, Springfield, Sangamon Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1941 
    Divorced Bef 1944 
    Last Modified 21 Jul 2000 
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet