Charleson, Donald Brims (1842-1928)

2003 Haro Street: 1907 to 1928

Donald Brims Charleson: Detail from Vancouver City Archives: AM54-S4-: Port P369

Donald Brims Charleson: Detail from Vancouver City Archives: AM54-S4-: Port P369

Donald Brims Charleson was born in Quebec City on April 26, 1842. Both of his parents were from Scotland: his father was Donald McKay Charleson; his mother was Margaret Phillips.

After living in Quebec for several years, Donald moved to Sarnia, Ontario. In 1872, he married Eliza Mahon MacWhinney in Sarnia, and all children except their youngest were born in Sarnia.

In 1885, Donald came to Vancouver, where he worked for many years with the Canadian Pacific Railway. After the Great Fire in 1886, he received a contract to clear parts of the Vancouver townsite.

He was a trustee of the first Vancouver school board in 1886-87, and he was a founding member of the Vancouver Club. He was also a charter member of the Cascade Lodge, A. F. & A. M. [Ancient Free & Accepted Masonry].

Eliza died in Vancouver on July 3, 1926.

Donald died in Vancouver on March 10, 1928.

Charleson Bay and Charleson Park are named after Donald Brims Charleson.

Christ Church Cathedral has a stained glass window in memory of Donald, Eliza and their son Percy.

Children:

Donald Beresford Charleson (1874-1874). Donald was born in Sarnia, Ontario on February 1, 1874, and died in Sarnia on November 14, 1874.

Percival William Charleson (1875-1922). “Percy” was born in Sarnia, Ontario on March 19, 1875. He became an investment broker, and operated a stock exchange in Vancouver. He was active in the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, with his 30 foot sloop called Halcyon. In 1906, Percy successfully sued A.D. Goldstein as endorser of a note for $1,000. Percy was not married. He was killed in a car accident on September 26 or 27, 1922, in Unity, Saskatchewan.

Edith Helena Charleson (1877-1947). Edith was born in Sarnia, Ontario on January 21, 1877. She was not married. She died in Vancouver on December 28, 1947.

Gertrude Mary Charleson (1879-1960). Gertrude was born in Sarnia, Ontario on December 11, 1879. She married Randolph Bruce Mackedie in Vancouver on June 26, 1907. Randolph was born in Montreal, Quebec on March 23, 1877; he was the son of John Williamson Mackedie (1836-1904) and Charlotte Jane Pelton (1850-1915) [see Mrs. Charlotte J. Mackedie: 1100 Gilford Street: 1908-1914; Randolph Bruce Mackedie: 2014 Haro Street: 1911-1912; 1914-1920.] Randolph Bruce Mackedie died in Vancouver on December 12, 1953.  Gertrude died in Vancouver on March 8, 1960.

Clare Margaret Charleson (1883-1969). Clare was born in Sarnia, Ontario on March 29, 1883. She married James Andrew Raymur (“Ray”) Rome in Vancouver on April 17, 1909. Ray died in Victoria, British Columbia on May 9, 1949. Clare died in Vancouver on March 15, 1969. Clare and Ray had one daughter, Margaret Clare Rome, who was born in Dallas, Texas on October 3, 1926; she died, unmarried, in Vancouver on March 18, 1985.

Donald Richard Charleson (1891-1945). Donald was born in Vancouver on January 8, 1891. He served as a captain in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War. After the war, he was a chemical engineer in Iroquois Falls, Ontario, probably at the large paper mill that was the main industry there.

On October 12, 1922, Donald married Eleanor Hutchins, who was the daughter of Walter Taft Hutchins (1857-1910) and Katharine Laing (1862 or 1863-1951).

By 1930, Donald and Eleanor were living in Aberdeen, Washington State, and around 1936 they moved to La Jolla, near San Diego, California. Kate spent much of her time with Donald and Eleanor, although she continued to visit Vancouver quite regularly. Kate died in Vancouver on May 14, 1951.

Donald Charleson became a member of the U.S. Army during the Second World War. He was on active service at the Umatilla Ordnance Depot in Oregon, when he died suddenly of a heart attack on August 25, 1945. Eleanor continued to live in La Jolla until she died on February 22, 1977.

Donald and Eleanor had two children. One child was Donald Norman Charleson (1923-1986), who was married to Joan Catherine Hall. The other child was Katharine Charleson Morgan (1929-2009).

Sources:

Donald Brims Charleson

Vancouver City Archives, Charleson, Donald Brims, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/charleson-donald-brims-1842-1928

Vancouver City Archives, Fonds AM708 – Donald Charleson fonds, http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/donald-charleson-fonds;rad

Donald Brims Charleson, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=charleson&id=I0064

“Charleson, Donald Brims (1842-1928),” Vancouver Voters, 1886: A Biographical Dictionary, edited & compiled by Peter S.N. Claydon and Valerie A. Melanson, and members of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, B.C., British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1994, pages 173-174.

Elite Directory of Vancouver, 1908, p. 21.

“Charleson, Donald Brims,” Who’s Who in Western Canada, Vol. 1, 1911, page 138.

Vancouver Social Register and Club Directory, 1914, p. 18.

“Charleson, Donald Brims,” Northern Who’s Who, Vol. 1, 1916, page 136.

“Charleson Road,” Tom Snyders with Jennifer O’Rourke, Namely Vancouver: A Hidden History of Vancouver Place Names, Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002, p. 61.

“West End Memories,” by Irene Phelan Stephan, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 1945, Magazine Section, p. 9: “Mr. D.B. Charleson, who had come out from Ottawa in charge of the party that laid the Yukon Government Telegraph line in the early days of the gold rush. He was retired then and had many an interesting story to tell.” [Irene Phelan Stephan (1897-1968) was the daughter of John Theodore Phelan (1859-1929): 1800 Haro Street: 1907-1920).] Many sources say that J.B. (Jean Baptiste) Charleson (1836-1920), Donald’s brother, was actually in charge of the work on the telegraph line: see Atlin, 1898-1910, Atlin Centennial Committee, Atlin, B.C., 1971, p. 36 :J.B. Charleson, superintendent of the Dominion telegraph system in the Northwest, was in charge of the northern construction work.”; Bill Miller, Wires in the Wilderness: The Story of the Yukon Telegraph, Heritage house, Surrey, B.C. 2004, page 21; Skagway Stories: http://www.skagwaystories.org/2012/05/page/2.

Robert E. Cail, Land, Man, and the Law: The Disposal of Crown Lands in British Columbia, 1871-1913, Vancouver, University of British Columbia Press, 1974, plate 10: “D.B. Charleson’s Camp near Fraser Mills, 1890.” Heritage Burnaby refers to a similar photo: HV976.40.9, “Oxen and lumberjacks at D.B. Charleson’s Camp.: http://heritageburnaby.ca/research/Photographs/Results.aspx?QB0=AND&QF0=Title%7cScopeContent%7cGeographicAccess%7cNameAccess%7cPlanningStudyArea%7cHistNeighbourhood%7cSubjectAccess&QI0=charleson&QB1=AND&QI1=Photograph&QF1=MediaType&TN=Descr&AC=QBE_QUERY&XC=&BU=http%3a%2f%2fheritageburnaby.ca%2fresearch%2fPhotographs%2fDefault.aspx&

“Québec, recensement, 1861,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MMWZ-C2Z: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Donald Charleson, 1861.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MVDG-K8K: accessed 27 Mar 2013), David Charleson, Sarnia (Town), Lambton, Ontario, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKS-K6Z: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Donald B Charleton (sic) , Vancouver City, New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVJ-3YD: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Donald Charleson, 1901.

1901 Census of Canada, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census/View.jsp?id=59853&highlight=7&desc=1901+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Donald+Charleson.

1911 Census of Canada, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=63663&highlight=32&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Donald+Charleson

“New York, Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JJXH-RJ8: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Donald Charleson, 03 Feb 1910; citing Konig Albert, United States National Archives, Washington, D.C.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLG3-THF : accessed 27 Mar 2013), Donald Mckay Charleson in entry for Donald Brims Charleson, 1928.

Find A Grave, Donald Brims Charleson, http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26302707

Charleson, Donald Brims, death notice, Vancouver Province, March 11, 1928, p. 25.

“D.B. Charleson has Passed On,” Vancouver Province, March 11, 1928, p. 40.

The Charleson family donated the “Christ the King” stained glass window in Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver. The inscription says: “In Loving Memory of their father, Donald Brims Charleson, born 1842, died 1928, their mother Eliza, born 1855, died 1926, and their brother, Perry (sic) William, born 1875, died 1922. This window is given by the Charleson family.” [http://cathedral.vancouver.bc.ca/tour21.html [searched July 24, 2001]. This link is no longer live in 2013. The current reference to this stained glass window is in a brochure called “Stained Glass Self-Guided Tour,” 2010, window 24, although it does not mention the Charleson family: http://www.cathedral.vancouver.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/StainedGlassBrochure.pdf

Eliza Mahon Charleson (nee MacWhinney)

“Social and Personal,” Vancouver Province, April 3, 1909, p. 3 : “Mrs. Charleson was on Wednesday the hostess at a smart little tea when she entertained a few of her younger friends. . . .”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL24-TPG : accessed 29 Mar 2013), Eliza Charleston (sic), 1926.

Charleson, Eliza, death notice, Vancouver Sun, July 3, 1926, p. 18; Vancouver Sun, July 4, 1926, p. 25; Vancouver Sun, July 5, 1926, p. 12.

“Came to Province Forty Years Ago,” Vancouver Province, July 3, 1926, p. 9.

“City Resident 40 Years Dies,” Vancouver Sun, July 3, 1926, p. 3.

“Pioneer Citizen is Laid at Rest,” Vancouver Province, July 5, 1926, p. 10.

Donald Beresford Charleson

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2N6-CJM: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Donald Beresford Charleson, 01 Feb 1874.”

Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMCW-TBP : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Donald Beresford Charleson, 1874.

Donald Beresford Charleson, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=charleson&id=I0144

Percival William Charleson

“Charleson, Percy William,” Northern Who’s Who, Vol. 1, 1916, page 136.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2N2-66X: accessed 27 Mar 2013), Percival William Charleson, 19 Mar 1875.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNLL-7Z5 : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Percival William Charleson, 1875.

Vancouver City Archives: Item : Bu P103 – [New York stocks listed on blackboard of] Percy W. Charleson’s Office [417 Hastings St.]

Annals, Royal Vancouver Yacht Club, 1903-1965, p. 5 and p. 49: reference to P.W. Charleson’s 30 foot sloop called Halcyon.

“Judgment Goes for Charleson,” Vancouver Province, June 5, 1906, p. 1.

“Funeral of Percy Charleson is Held,” Vancouver Sun, October 4, 1922, p. 5

Edith Helena Charleson

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMQM-2P2 : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Edith Helena Charleson, 1877.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLTZ-Z4D : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Edith Helena Charleson, 21 Jan 1877.

Greater Vancouver Social and Club Register, 1927, p. 14.

“Miss Edith Charleson and Mrs. Bruce Mackedie,” photograph, Vancouver Sun, March 6, 1937, p. 10.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLPB-N26 : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Edith Helena Charleson, 1947.

British Columbia Death Registration, Edith Helena Charleson, Reg. No. 1947-09-010747, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/d7ed86df-667b-4869-a64f-bfbbb566f98b

Find A Grave memorial: Edith Helena Charleson: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=26302708

Gertrude Mary Charleson

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VNLR-CQN : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Gertrude Mary Charleson, 1879.

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLRD-R94 : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Gutrude Mary Charleson, 11 Dec 1879.

“Canada, Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F2KB-MJM : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Gutrude Mary Charleson, 11 Dec 1879.

“Society,” B.C. Saturday Sunset, June 29, 1907, p. 3: “One of the prettiest weddings which has taken place in Vancouver for some time was that of Miss Gertrude Charleson, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Charleson, and Mr. Randolph Bruce Mackedie of this city. . . .”

“Mackedie, Randolph Bruce,” Northern Who’s Who, Vol. 1, 1916, page 477.

“Miss Edith Charleson and Mrs. Bruce Mackedie,” photograph, Vancouver Sun, March 6, 1937, p. 10.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR3-4BX : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Gertrude Mary Mackedie, 1960.

British Columbia Death Registration, Gertrude Mary Mackedie, Reg. No. 1960-09-003372, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/9da0ff17-f335-4e2f-9003-aaaecbc69cb1

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLRC-2JN: accessed 29 Mar 2013), Randolph Bruce Mackedie, 1953.

British Columbia Death Registration, Randolph Bruce Mackedie, Reg. No. 1953-09-011921, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/5fb3b7bf-fb04-4d26-b14a-6da7dd88abfb

Clare Margaret Charleson

“Ontario, Births and Baptisms, 1779-1899,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLY8-9YW : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Clare Margaret Annie Charleson, 29 Mar 1883.

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FM7H-VJM : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Clare Margaret Annie Charleson, 1883.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MV6S-R7R: accessed 29 Mar 2013), Andrew Rome, Yale & Hope, Yale, British Columbia, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1881,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MV63-SY7: accessed 29 Mar 2013), Andrew Rome, James Bay Ward, Victoria (City), British Columbia, Canada.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-TJB: accessed 29 Mar 2013), James D Rome in entry for Bertha L Wolfe, 1901.

“Social and Personal,” Vancouver Province, April 3, 1909, p. 3: “An Easter wedding in which much interest is being taken in social circles is that of Miss Clare Charleson and Mr. J.A.R. Rome, which will take place in Christ church on Saturday, April 17.”

“Social and Personal,” Vancouver Province, April 15, 1909, p. 9: “Miss Geraldine Cambie was yesterday the hostess of a luncheon given in honor of Miss Clare Charleson. The table was prettily decorated in yellow, daffodils being the flowers used and was laid for ten guests.”

“Social and Personal,” Vancouver Province, April 16, 1909, p. 9: “Mrs. Rome, accompanied by Miss Marjorie and Mr. F. Rome, came up from Victoria Wednesday and will attend the wedding of her son, Mr. Roy Rome, and Miss Charleson, which is to take place on Saturday in Christ church.”

“Social and Personal,” Vancouver Province, April 17, 1909, p. 14: “Miss Clare Charleson, whose marriage was today’s chief social event, was the guest of honor at a bright tea given by Mrs. W.A. Bauer on Thursday afternoon . . .”

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZF-F5P : accessed 28 Mar 2013), James Andrew Raymur Rome and Clare Margaret Charleson, 1909.

British Columbia Marriage Registration, James Andrew Raymur Rome and Clare Margaret Charleson, Reg. No. 1909-09-059691, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/8b283cb9-1639-42eb-8bb2-5f137c9bb705

“From Texas,” Vancouver Sun, July 14, 1925, p. 6: “Mrs. Ray Long (sic) of Texas is the guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.B. Charleson.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearchhttps://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5F-Z8N: accessed 28 Mar 2013), James Andrew Raymur Rome, 1949.

British Columbia Death Registration, James Andrew Raymur Rome, Reg. No. 1949-09-004970, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/1fc34b9d-aafa-423a-a4fe-14fb6c55f400

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYF-XR1 : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Clare Margaret Rome, 1969.

British Columbia Death Registration, Clare Margaret Rome, Reg. No. 1969-09-004448, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/f1c03395-891e-4812-a838-a2abeb127cfd

“Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935,” index and images, FamilySearchhttps://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VXMJ-DM9: accessed 29 Mar 2013), Rome, 1926.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, “FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLVK-129 : accessed 28 Mar 2013), Margaret Clare Rome, 1985.

British Columbia Death Registration, Margaret Clare Rome, Reg. No.
1985-09-005577, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/41168820-5510-4879-83d2-b617d60ab8a7

Donald Richard Charleson

“Charleson, Donald Brims (1842-1928),” Vancouver Voters, 1886: A Biographical Dictionary, edited & compiled by Peter S.N. Claydon and Valerie A. Melanson, and members of the British Columbia Genealogical Society, Richmond, B.C., British Columbia Genealogical Society, 1994, pages 173-174.

Donald Richard Charleson, http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=charleson&id=I0127

“British Columbia Birth Registrations, 1854-1903,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ6-48N : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Richard Charleson, 1891.

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Donald Richard Charleson, Reg. No.
1891-09-115477,  http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/bcdf67d2-c97b-483f-ac03-042b808d4470

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ1-GP2: accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Richard Charleson and Eleanor Hutchins, 1922.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Donald Richard Charleson and Eleanor Hutchins, Reg. No. 1922-09-245823, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/images/getimage/genealogy/screensize/461f253f-150d-45cd-9a61-27369e6e1400

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XCSR-9QW : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald R Charleson, 1930.

Vancouver Sun, November 1, 1935, p. 8: “Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Charleson of Aberdeen, Wash., were among the passengers sailing today from San Francisco aboard the Grace Liner “Santa Paula” for a ’round America tour, calling en route to New York at Los Angeles, Mazatlan, San Jose, La Libertad, Balboa, Cristobal, and other Panama route ports.”

“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K983-BM3 : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Charleson, Councilmanic District 1, San Diego, San Diego Judicial Township, San Diego, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 62-1, sheet 14B, family 601, NARA digital publication T627, roll 447.

“United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V48R-2QV : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Richard Charleson, 1942.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JBS6-54F : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Charleson, August 1945.

“Oregon, Death Index, 1903-1998,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VZ44-36N : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald R Charleson, 1945.

Obituaries from Hermiston Herald, Umatilla, OR–C, vol 39 no 3 – 30 Aug 1945, Charleson, Donald L. (Lt Col), http://files.usgwarchives.net/or/umatilla/obits/c/herm_c.txt: “Age 54 of Vancouver, B.C. WWI Canadian Forces. Resident of Umatilla Ordnance Depot. Died at Wallowa Lake. Survived by widow; son, Donald; daughter, Catherine; three sisters.”

“Lt.-Col. Charleson Dies in Oregon,” Vancouver Province, August 27, 1945, page 2.

McGill University Archives: Donald Richard Charleson, http://www.archives.mcgill.ca/public/exhibits/mcgillremembers/results.asp?id=55

Eleanor Charleson (née Hutchins)

Vancouver Sunday Sun, September 16, 1923, page 9: “Mrs. Don Charleston [sic], formerly Miss Eleanor Hutchins, only daughter of Mrs. W.T. Hutchins, Barclay street, is visiting her mother. Mrs. Charleston is possessed of a gracious manner and magnetic personality, which have won for her a high place in the esteem of a wide circle of friends. She has a healthy love of outdoor sports and before her marriage was one of the most popular members of Vancouver’s young set.” [Includes a photograph of Eleanor. The caption says: “Mrs. Don Charleston.”]

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V9TB-T61 : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Eleanor Charleson, February 1977.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VP6M-ZR4 : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Eleanor H Charleson, 1977.

Donald Norman Charleson

“United States, World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K85W-BDP : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald N Charleson, 21 Sep 1943.

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V3L5-6ZQ : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Charleson, January 1986.

“California, Death Index, 1940-1997,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VPNV-MW9 : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Donald Norman Charleson, 1986.

Katharine Charleson Morgan

Katharine’s middle name appears to be “Blanche”: Vancouver Sunday Province, July 12, 1931, page 1: “What could be more summery than this beach photo of Katharine Blanche and  Norman, children of Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Charleson of Aberdeen, Wash, with the waters of English Bay in the background? They are spending a portion of July with their grandmother, Mrs. Walter Taft Hutchins.” [Includes photo of “Katherine Blanche and Norman Charleson.]

Vancouver Sunday Sun, December 7, 1935, page 24: “Modern ‘Babes in Toyland’ are six-year old Katherine Charleson and her eight-year-old playmate, Mary Green, as they explore the Christmas wonders of the Vincent Galleries. . . . Such exciting days for the small fry are the few weeks before Christmas, particularly for Katherine, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. Donald Charleson of Aberdeen, Wash., are now in Chicago, homeward bound after a ’round-America trip through the Panama. Katherine attends Crofton House School and is the attractive granddaughter of Mrs. Walter Taft Hutchins of Vancouver. Mary is the pretty little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Green of this city.” [Includes photo of Mary Green and Katherine Charleson.]

“United States Social Security Death Index,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VQM2-VT5 : accessed 25 Mar 2013), Katharine Charleson Morgan, 14 July 2009.

U-T San Diego, July 26, 2009, http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/utsandiego/obituary.aspx?n=katharine-charleson-morgan&pid=130392031#fbLoggedOut

MORGAN, KATHARINE CHARLESON. Katharine Charleson Morgan was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Colonel and Mrs. Donald Charleson, a pioneer family in the area. Her family lived in different parts of Washington State before moving to La Jolla in 1936. She died on July 14th after a long struggle with heart and lung disease. She graduated from La Jolla Elementary, The Bishop’s School, and earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work at San Diego State, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She also attended graduate courses in Social Work at the University of British Columbia and the Andrus School at USC. She was married to John Phillips Starkey, whom she met while at San Diego State. Mrs. Morgan was a model for Edith Head of Hollywood and was an ambassador/hostess for the San Diego Union while traveling throughout the United States with a topographical map of San Diego that is now housed outside the San Diego Railroad Museum. She was most proud of her social work career, working for Child Protective Services and the Ombudsman Program for the Area Agency on Aging, where she served on the Executive Committee and as a volunteer after retirement. While raising her daughter, Kristina Starkey, she volunteered extensively as a member of the Junior League of San Diego and Las Patronas in La Jolla. She was very artistic and designed and crafted decorations and jewelry with her mother, Eleanor Charleson. The family’s passion for animals was passed on to Kay who had a life-long interest in horses, dogs, and cats. Another thread running through her life was her love of gardening; she had a masterful sense of landscape design. She was predeceased by her parents, brother, and infant son. She is survived by her daughter, Kristina Starkey and her grandchildren Caitlin, Alexandra, and John McCarty, of Coronado, her cousin Graeme Mackedie of British Columbia, and a circle of devoted friends. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, July 31, 2009, at 3 p.m. near the Fisherman statue on Shelter Island Drive park in Point Loma. Donations may be made in her memory to Francis Parker School, 6501 Linda Vista Road, San Diego, CA 92111 or to San Diego Junior Theatre, Casa del Prado Theatre, 1600 Village Place, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA 92101.

“California, Birth Index, 1905-1995,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V2RQ-3KM : accessed 25 Mar 2013), John Phillips Starkey, 1928.

“United States Census, 1930,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XC62-919 : accessed 25 Mar 2013), John P Starkey in entry for Harold B Starkey, 1930.

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John Phillips Starkey, obituary, Desert Sun, October 18, 2008,
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thedesertsun/obituary.aspx?n=john-phillips-starkey&pid=118963757#fbLoggedOut

John Phillips Starkey (Jack), 80, long time resident of Point Loma, passed away September 23, 2008 in Palm Desert after complications from a stroke. He was born on February 13, 1928 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, the son of Harold B. Starkey, Sr. (Founder, First Federal Savings and Loan) and Augusta B. Starkey. He attended Chula Vista Elementary, San Diego High School, University of Utah, and received a BA from San Diego State University in 1950. He also had graduate studies at Columbia University in New York and University of California. He was a member of Epsilon Eta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternities. At the end of WWII, he served in the U.S. Army as a combat motion picture photographer in Italy. Jack and wife, Doris, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They shared a life of family, friends, community and travel. Jack, President and CEO of Starboard Development, a real estate development company in San Diego, made his mark on the San Diego skyline with One America Plaza, James R. Mills Trolley Tower and the San Diego Police Department Headquarters. Previous to Starboard Development, he developed and built Glendale Financial Square, in Glendale, CA. Jack also was a longtime mortgage broker. His firm, Southern Mortgage Company, in partnership with HomeStar Development, financed and built over 200 homes in the greater San Diego and Ramona Communities. Jack enjoyed all that San Diego had to offer, was a member of the San Diego Yacht Club, and could be found surf fishing in Del Mar, waterskiing on a plank, boating, or playing beach volleyball with fraternity brothers and friends in Mission Beach. Jack’s other great passion was flying. He was a private pilot and a member of the Quiet Birds and Chaired San Diego’s 200th Anniversary Air Show. He often said the only vehicle he had never piloted was the space shuttle. He was invited to fly the Goodyear Blimp, rode along with the Blue Angels, and “piloted” a nuclear submarine, an aircraft carrier, and a cruise ship. He loved all machines and wanted to know what made them tick: planes, trains, and fire engines. As a community volunteer, he was honored by the National Society of Fund Raising Executives as Volunteer of the Year in 1973. His civic service includes: California Water Authority, Colorado River Board of California, Chairman of the California State Parks Foundation, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, serving as Finance Chairman from 1987-1990, and was appointed to the California State Park and Recreation Commission by Ronald Reagan, also serving as Chairman. He loved the state of California. In San Diego, Jack served on the boards of: Museum of Man, San Diego Aerospace Museum, National History Museum, San Diego Railroad Museum, Heart Association, San Diego Blood Bank, San Diego Opera, Mission Bay Associates, the Greater San Diego Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the San Diego Downtown Rotary and Rest & Aspiration Club. He greatly treasured his business and social friendships. As a board member on the Children’s Hospital and Health Center Board, Jack was instrumental in the construction of the tunnel connecting Sharp Hospital to Children’s Hospital for emergency post-natal care. He was one of the founding members of Combined Health Agencies Drive (CHAD), and was Regional Advisor for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Proud of his political affiliation, Jack served for 22 years on the GOP Central Committee, was Regional Vice President for the Young Republicans of San Diego and California, and was Campaign Coordinator for Southern California for the Eisenhower-Nixon Presidential campaign in 1956. He was also appointed as a National Fundraising Speaker for National Health Agencies and the Republican Party. Jack is survived by his wife Doris; and brothers, Harold B. Jr. (Skip), Hubert, and Craig; cousins, Richard Witherow and Barbara Witherow Summers. Surviving children are: Kristina Starkey, daughter of Katharine Charleson (Morgan), Janet Starkey Marsten, and John P. Starkey Jr. (Jay) and his wife Stacy. He is survived by grandchildren: Caitlin, Alexandra and John McCarty, and Jennifer, Jillian, and Jacqueline Starkey, and step-grandchildren Monique and Jackson Marsten, and their father A.P. Marsten. A Celebration of Life for his family and friends was held at the San Diego Yacht Club.

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