A Little about Charlie Tinker

This entry is part 154 of 342 in the series Belle's Box

charlie tinker

Tinker, Charles (Colfax Township, Wexford County, MI) Photograph.
Digital duplication of an undated postcard image. Privately held by GrannyPam, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Troy, MI. 2009.

Charlie Tinker was the second husband of Belle Lamunion. They married July 15, 1914. The Michigan Marriage returns for the quarter ending September 30, 1914, record 125, says that Charles E. Tinker was age 38, and Belle Fellows, maiden name Laumuion, age 48, residence for each was Manton, Michigan, both born New York, were married by Walter R. Ardis, Justice of the Recorder’s court in Cadillac, Michigan. The witnesses were Lester Stone and Sarah E. Stone, both of Manton. Charlie’s parents are listed as Dudley Tinker and Mary Love.

A clipping of the obituary of Charles Tinker, unknown newspaper, says, in part:
Chas. E. Tinker, of Colfax Township, Taken to Newaygo County for Burial
[Handwritten, 1946]

“Charles E. Tinker, 68, died Saturday afternoon October 5th at his home in Colfax township after a short illness……. Mr. Tinker, an adopted child of the Tinkers was born in Spencerport, N.Y. [my emphasis] on October 15, 1877. He was married to Mrs. Bell Fellows in Cadillac on July 15, 1913 and has made his home in Colfax township since that time. He was a Silver Star member of the Silver Creek Grange and a member of the Manton lodge I.O.O.F.

The year of the marriage was misstated in the obituary, as was the cemetery of his burial. The obituary says, “Hillcrest” cemetery; but Charlie is buried in Hillside cemetery. An easy mistake, when not familiar with a locations names.

Belle Fellows and Charlie Tinker

Tinker, Charles and Belle Lamunion (Colfax Township, Wexford County, MI) Photograph.
Digital duplication of an undated photograph. Privately held by GrannyPam, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,]
Troy, MI. 2009

“Grandma and Charlie”, That’s how I’ve always heard M-in- referred to their grandparents. Charlie was a jack of all trades, and managed to be in demand around the neighborhood. Thus far, the items from Belle’s box haven’t given a lot of information about Belle and Charlie’s daily life, but they have given a glimpse of life in rural Michigan in the early 20th century.

I will continue through the remaining two books of items I archived from the box tomorrow.

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