My Present Past
A genealogical experience
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Wyanet, Illinois
Pauline A Snyder was born in Wyanet, Illinois in 1866 to
Paul and Adella Snyder. Paul Snyder ran a saloon in Wyanet.
The Snyder's lived next door to Dr. Charles Hugo and
Thomas Yearnshaw.
Charles Everett Michaels was born December 04, 1860 in South Durham, Androscoggin County, Maine to
Randolph Cowen and Charlotte (Estes) Michaels who were married on October 26, 1852 in Durham, Maine.
Of this union five children were born, John Randolph, Mary Eleanor, Louis Estes, Charles Everett and Nellie G.
The family moved to Illinois in 1861 settling in
Knox County and then moved to St Marys, Hancock County,
Illinois and finally to
Plymouth, Hancock County, Illinois in 1865.
Charles followed in his family tradition of becoming a telegraph operator for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy at
Chicago Rock Island & Pacific-Chicago Burlington & Quincy Junction at Wyanet, Illinois in 1878. His father
was an agent at
Plymouth, Illinois, brother Louis also an agent at Sagetown, Illinois and brother John was a
train-master, all working for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad.
Charles left the Junction sometime after 1879, moving to
Young America (Kirkwood) Illinois where he was a
telegraph operator for the Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Moving to
Atchison, Atchison County, Kansas
before 1880, he was then employed by the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad as an operator.
Charles moved to San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas sometime after living in Atchison, there he met
Edna Senette and they were married in June of 1900 in Bexar County, Texas.
Sophie's first husband Louis O. Senette had died on May 29, 1897 in San Antonio, Texas.
Together Louis and Sophie had two children, Angie Louise born October 09, 1891 and Charlotte Jane born
February 01, 1896, both in San Antonio, Texas.
Charles was employed by the Western Union Telegraph Company first as an Assistant Telegraph Operator and
then to
Chief Operator at 142 West Commerce Street, a position he held until his retirement in 1932.
Charles and Sophie lived together in San Antonio, Texas their entire marriage.
Charles E. Michaels died January 12, 1934 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
His wife,
Sophie Edna (Lamb) Michaels died December 01, 1940 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Both are buried at
Mission Burial Park in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.
Charles E Michaels                                                                                                         March 01, 1879
Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Junction
Wyanet, Illinois