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Charles Griffin Strauch


Charles Griffin Strauch was born on Oct. 20, 1869 (or 1870) in Bullskin Township, Fayette County, PA, the son of John H. and Catherine (Martin) Strauch. 

Charles' mother died in 1873, when he was a boy, and his father later married Mary Hester McKnight.

As a young man, Charles dwelled in Dunbar Township, Fayette County and earned a living as a laborer.

On Dec. 10, 1890, when he was 21 years of age, Charles was united in holy matrimony with 21-year-old Eva S. Goe (1868- ? ), daughter of John W. and Elizabeth Goe of Dunbar Township. Rev. A.M. Howard (spelling?) officiated.

The couple bore at least three known children -- Carl Strauch, Charles P. Strauch and Nell Esther "Nellie" Lawson.

The Strauchs relocated to California in about 1919. The United States Census for 1920 shows the couple making their home in McKittrick, Kern County, CA. That year, Charles worked as an electrician, apparently for General Petroleum in the oil industry. He continued his oilfield labors during the decade of the 1920s, with the family shown in the 1930 census in Kern County.

By 1935, Charles and Eva relocated to Porterville, Tulare County, CA and remained there, retired, as of 1940.

John died in Tulare County on July 19, 1948.


~ Son Carl H. Strauch ~

Son Carl H. Strauch (1893-1966) was born on July 22, 1893.

His residence in 1941 was in San Diego.

He made a home in Porterville, Tulare County, CA in 1962.

Sadly, Carl passed away in Tulare County on Aug. 30, 1966.


~ Son Charles P. Strauch ~

Son Charles P. Strauch (1902-1962) was born on New Year's Day in Pennsylvania.

When he was age 17, in 1919, he migrated with his parents to California.

At the age of 18, in 1920, he was employed as a laborer in the McKittrick oilfields of Kern County, CA.

Charles married Helen ( ? - ? ). They produced four offspring -- Gerald Strauch, Gilbert Strauch, Phillip Strauch and Elaine McDonald.

Fro 23 years, he earned a living with General Petroleum at Bellridge, CA. He also spent seven years working for the County of Kern at Springville and five years as a counselor with the Kern County Camp at Kernville.

He is known to have passed away in Kern County on Nov. 17, 1962. An obituary appeared in the Bakersfield Californian. Rev. Ray Kearney led the funeral service, followed by burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Son Gerald Strauch lived in Bakersfield in 1962.

Son Gilbert Strauch resided in 1962 in San Francisco.

Son Phillip Strauch made a home in Carson City, NV.

Daughter Elaine Strauch married (?) McDonald. Circa 1962, they dwelled in Porterville, Tulare County.


~ Daughter Nell Esther "Nellie" (Strauch) Lawson ~

Daughter Nell Esther "Nellie" Strauch (1904-1987) was born on Aug. 17, 1904 in Pennsylvania. She came to California at a young age with her parents.

In 1930, unmarried at age 25, she lived with her parents in Kern County.

She eventually wed (?) Lawson.

Her home in 1962 was in Springville, Kern County.

Nellie died in Tulare County, CA on Dec. 8, 1987.


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