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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    • Apple on February 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I know I’ve read about the orphan trains going through Orleans County, just west of Monroe County but I’ll be dipped if I can remember the time frame, but that thought popped into my head as I was reading this. I know the obit says he was born in Spencerport and he probably was.

    From the mentions to him in the post cards he sounds like an all around nice guy.

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  1. I’m sad whenever I think of the Orphan Trains. I first heard that song, perhaps 30 years ago, at a folk music festival. Actually, Utah Phillips, the writer of the song was there, and we saw him sing that song, and many others and tell stories. He was a good story teller and certainly could inspire people to think.

    There is a book on my bed right now called The Orphan Trains, which was in my mother’s belongings. Her father died when she was 3, in 1929, and she lived in a series of foster homes. She never really felt wanted, and the memory of being left somewhere by her mother scared her forever. Once, at a concert Ron Thomason of the Dry Branch Fire Squad sang Orphan Train, and mom cried through the whole thing.

    I’m not sure that Utah met “Orphan Train” to be a sad song, but it turned out that way for her, and it always seems sad to me. I believe the orphan trains ran for quite a short period in our history, but affected quite a number of families. There are many websites on them, and I think I’ve read them all, plus several books.

    I don’t know if Charlie was a train rider, but he makes the third “adopted” child I’ve found in my research, and that doesn’t count the currently adopted children in our families.

    Thanks for the comment, Apple.

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