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Charles WAKEY

Male 1884 - 1944  (60 years)


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  • Name Charles WAKEY 
    Born 19 Jan 1884  Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 15 Dec 1944  LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • 1905 Minnesota State Census:
      Name: Charles Wakey
      County: Martin
      Locality: Fairmont Ward 3
      Birth Location: Illinois
      Est. Birth Year: abt 1884
      Father’s Birth Location: Germany
      Mother’s Birth Location: Germany
      Father: William, Mother: Elizabeth, Sister: Mary

      1920 U.S. Federal Census: Minnesota, Washington, Stillwater,
      Minnesota State Prison Inmates
      Wakey, Charles, 35, divorced, born in Illinois, father and mother born in Prussia, Germany, laborer, twine mill.

      Newspaper Article: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 29 May 1922, Mon
      "Test Peddler City Ordinance
      When is a peddler not a peddler, and when does business get beyond the state and become interstate commerce? These are knotty questions which are being put up to Juge Martin Bergh in municipal court this afternoon. Some days ago Charles Wakey was arrested for peddling without complying with the city ordinance requiring all peddlers to take out a city license. He is being defended by Tom Kirby. The facts in the cast are not disputed. These are that Wakey as the representative of the Fuller Brush Co., of Hartford, Conn., did solicit orders for brushes, did secure orders and also delivered the different articles and collected pay for them. The attorney contendrd that the business of the Fuller Brush company is interstate commerce and beyond the control of any city corporation."

      Newspaper Article: Argus Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) 6 Jun 1922, Tue.
      "Holds City Ordinance Against Peddling is in Restraint of Trade
      Judge Martin Bergh in Municipal Court Finds It Conflicts with United States Statutes and Federal Decisions-Can Solicit and Deliver Personally.
      Peddling in the city of Sioux Falls by sample and delivery of goods from the outside later cannot be punished under the city ordinances as under a ruling handed down by Munipal Judge Martin Bergh this morning in the case of the city of Sioux Falls vs. Charles Wakey, the city ordinance comes in conflict with the laws of the United States and to hold with the city ordinance would be a conflict with the interstate commerce laws and would also result in restraint of trade.
      Some time ago Charles Wakey, the defendant in this action, was arrested charged with peddling without a license. He was selling by sample the products of a Hartford, Conn., concern. Through his attorneys, Kirby, Kirby & Kirby he attacked the legality of the city ordinance. There were several hearings on the case and much testimony taken. Finally Judge Bergh took the case under advisement and his decision today disposes of the case. The case has attracted much attention and the decision is expected to be far reaching and not received with favor by the merchants of the state in general. Judge Bergh's decision is very important and as it is practically a new one in South Dakota the decision is here given in full: [NOTE: Full decision is printed.]

      1930 Census: Iowa, Woodbury County, Sioux City, District 82, Page 17:
      Wakey, Charles, Head, owns his home valued at $5000, age 42, married at age 34, born in Illinois, father and mother born in Germany, occupation: salesman, aluminum;
      Gussie, his wife, age 41, married at age 33, born in South Dakota, father and mother born in Germany;
      Maryanne, their daughter, age 6, born in Iowa, father born in Illinois, mother born in South Dakota.

      From the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 06 Jul 1935, Sat.
      "Learned to Swear from Mate, Divorce Seeking Wife Says
      It was by trying to keep up with her husband that Mrs. Gussie Wakey, 3216 Myrtle street, learned how to swear, she told Judge A. O. Wakefield in district court Friday. Mrs. Wakey is suing for divorce and her husband, Charles Wakey is contesting.
      'Isn't it so that you use vile and indecent names and swear words?' Carlos Goltz, attorney for Wakey, asked.
      'I never did until I met my husband,' Mrs. Wakey said. 'Then when he called me such names I tried to reciprocate.'
      'Oh, he would call you a dirty name and then you would call him a dirty name,' said Goltz.
      'Not always,' the witness replied 'I never could keep up with him.'
      Under questions by her attorney, A. H. Bolton, Mrs. Wakey accused Wakey of threatening to kill her and their adopted child, a 10-year-old girl. He also threatened to take his own life, she said, declaring that their temperaments were incompatible and that her husband had said she was of the mechanical type while he was the inspirational type."

      From the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 08 Aug 1935, Thu.
      "Husband Says His Wife Truck Him with Rolling Pin
      For the second time in a few months, Charles Wakey, specialty salesman, and Mrs. Gussie Wakey, 3216 Myrtle street, hae entered the divorce court arena. This time, however, Wakey is the challenger, seeking a decree from Mrs. Wakey on the grounds of cruelty and asking for an accounting of their property interests.
      In the first action Mrs. Wakey sought a decree from Wakey on a charge of cruelty but lost the case.
      Wakey alleges that his wife has had him arrested on false charges and that she brought the divorce action on false charges. He alleges that she is much larger than he and struck him with a rolling pin and slapped him with dish towels and newspapers. He states tht she is abusive toward him, their adopted child and their dog. He also alleges that she has accoused him of not knowing anything, not doing anything and not amounting to anything.
      Wakey alleges that their joint property holdings amount to about $25,000 and he demands an accounting and settlement."

      From the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 21 Feb 1936, Fri.
      "Domestic Trouble Again Sends Sioux Cityans to Court
      For the third time Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wakey, 215 Twelfth street, have taken their domestic difficulties to court. Charles Wakey is suing his wife, Mrs. Gussie Wakey for divorce.
      Mrs. Wakey has filed a cross petition demanding an annulment. Several months ago Mrs. Wakey sued for divorce but lost when her husband contested the action. Mr. Wakey then sued for divorce and, after a hearing at which Mrs. Wakey admitted transferring some property to her brother so that Wakey could not obtain it, Wakey was allowed a judgment of $50 to pay costs of his suit. Mrs. Wakey filed a cross petition in that case also.
      Wakey bases the present suit on cruelty and Mrs. Wakey alleges in her cross petition that her husband did not tell the truth when he proposed marriage to her.
      The couple was married September 2, 1922 and have an adopted daughter, Mary Ann, 11 years old.
      The case is being tried before Judge Robert H. Munger. Carlos Goltz represents Wakey and A. H. Bolton and Evan S. Robbins are the defense attorneys."

      From Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 01 Mar 1936, Sun.
      "Another Court Action is Filed in Wakey Case
      While a divorce action by Charles Wakey against Mrs. Gussie Wakey, which was taken under advisement Saturday by Judge Robert H. Munger, still was being heard in district court, Wakey brought suit against his wife and her brother, Herman G. Leubecher for an accounting, alleging that his wife had appropriated $30,000 from their joint bank account and had transferred property to her brother to keep Wakey from obtaining his share of it.
      Mrs. Wakey contends that the money and property is hers, and represents her savings before she was married and an inheritance. This is the fourth legal action between the couple brought in district court.
      Mrs. Wakey first sued Wakey for a divorce and lost the case. Wakey then sued for suit money to bring a divorce action against his wife, which the court allowed. For the last week and a half the divorce action of Wakey against his wife has been underway in district court, before Judge Robert H. Munger."

      From the Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 19 Jul 1936, Sun.
      "2-Year Battle of Wakeys for Divorce Ends with Judge Granting Wife Decree
      Husband Offers No Defense to Cruelty Charge
      The final chapter in the divorce litigation between Charles Wakey and Mrs. Gussie H. Wakey, which has continued in district court for about two years, was written Saturday when Judge Robert H. Munger granted Mrs. Wakey a divorce on the grounds of cruelty.
      Both Wakey and Mrs. Wakey had made previous efforts to obtain divorce decrees and always had been denied relief when the other contested the action. Saturday Wakey entered no defense and the divorce was granted on a cross petition of Mrs. Wakey. By stipulation Wakey agreed to give Mrs. Wakey clear title to their home at 3216 Myrtle street for consideration of $1,600. He also is to return some furniture which he took from the home.
      Mrs. Ines O. Sieler, 3221 Myrtle street, a neighbor, testifed that Wakey threatened his wife with a revolver. Mrs. Wakey was given custory of an adopted daughter."

      Lived at 3216 Myrtle Street in Sioux City.

      World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918:
      Name: Charles Wakey
      511-12th, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa
      Age: 34
      Birth Data: 19 Jan 1884
      Present Occupation: Motor Man
      Company: Sioux City Sew Co.
      Address: 512-5th, Sioux City
      Nearest Relative: Elizabeth Wakey, Fairmount, Minnesota

      Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, Iowa) 17 Dec 1944, Sun.
      "Services Monday for Charles Wakey, 50, at LeMars, Ia.
      LeMars, Ia.-Special: Funeral services for Charles Wakey, 50, who died Friday of a heart ailment, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Luken's chapel.
      Rev. J. C. Klose of Sioux City will officiate. Burial will be in the city cemetery here.
      A representative of the Fuller Brush company in Plymouth county for 20 years, Mr. Wakey was born January 19, 1894, at Peoria, Ill. He had lived in LeMars for the last seven years.
      Surviving are the widow, a son, Donald; a daughter, Joyce, and a sister, Mrs. May Zeoller of Fairmount, Minn."
    Person ID I877  Lowell&Block
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 

    Family 1 Augusta Helen LEUBECHER,   b. 16 Jun 1889, Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1981, Stanwood, Snohomish, Washington, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 2 Sep 1922  Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced 18 Jul 1936  Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Mary Anne WAKEY,   b. 23 Mar 1924, Sioux City, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1984, Beaverton, Washington, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Edith May WADE,   b. Aug 1874, Cedarville, Martin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 9 Jan 1906  Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Dorothy E. WAKEY,   b. Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 1 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F3101  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Sylvia FILLIPPI 
    Married 11 Aug 1936  Pender, Thurston, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Donald WAKEY
     2. Joyce WAKEY
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F16180  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 19 Jan 1884 - Illinois, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Jan 1906 - Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Sep 1922 - Sioux Falls, Minnehaha, South Dakota, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDivorced - 18 Jul 1936 - Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 Dec 1944 - LeMars, Plymouth, Iowa, USA Link to Google Earth
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