Rowles/Ball Family of Iowa

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  • ID: I2317
  • Name: Charles Engel Rowles aka Challis Ball
  • Surname: Rowles
  • Given Name: Charles Engel
  • Suffix: aka Challis Ball
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 30 Jun 1873 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa
  • Death: 27 Aug 1924 in Chicago, Cook Co. Illinois of pulmonary hemorrhage and chronic myocarditis - while working on Union Train Depot as stone mason
  • Burial: 31 Aug 1924 Jefferson Municipal Cemetery, Jefferson, Greene Co. Iowa
  • Occupation: apprenticed as brick mason continued trade rest of life 1886 Iowa
  • Event: member of Local Brick Masons and Plasters Union Union Ames, Iowa
  • Note:
    Charles Engel Rowles was born Challis Engel Ball the son of Limerick Bazil Ball and Anna L. Stinson. After his father was sent to prison his mother divorced Limerick and remarried to Shadrack Rowles. He then assumed the name of Rowles throughout his life as an adult. He became a stone mason and worked extensively with Shadrack Rowles' brother, William M. Rowles and his son Walter Rowles building courthouses and schools around Iowa and Nebraska. William M. Rowles owned the construction company, Onawa, Iowa that was contracted to build these projects. Charles Rowles died while building the Union Train Station in Chicago.

    We do know that he was aware of his heritage as he was associated with his Ball relatives. His first cousin, Jed Emmett Ball was mentioned in his obituary. At the time of Charles' death Jed was residing in a small town of Paton, Iowa which was only a few miles north of Jefferson, Greene Co. Iowa where Charles was living when he died. Charles was contracted as the stone mason foreman for the Jefferson Co. Iowa Courthouse and afterwards built the Jefferson High School, which is now used as a middle school. His obituary mentions many other projects he was involved in building and was well known for his expertise as a stone mason.

    Ref: 1880 Census Prairie City, Jasper, Iowa, Des Moines Twp, 32 -5th Street, 5th July, img 5 age 6 Iowa, father Ohio mother Iowa, listed as stepson of Shadrack Rowles

    Ref: Marriage Records Jasper Co. Iowa, Cert 2503
    Charles E. Rowles, 20 years old son of J.S. & Ann Stinson Rowls, Colfax, Iowa, transfer business, to Nellie M. Galbraith age 20 born Iowa dau of J.J. and Eliza Lewis Galbraith, married 27 Feb 1892 Colfax, pg 194

    Ref: 1900 Census Jasper Co. Iowa, Colfax City, Washington Twp, ED #38, Washington Street, sheet 10, line 52, img 20, household #219
    Chellis E. Rowles June 1872 Iowa father Illinois mother Iowa stone mason married 6 yrs rents (looks like lived on Washington Street)
    Nellie M. May 1872 age 27 Iowa 4 children born 4 living
    Muriel J. son Sept 1892 age 7 Ia
    Charles C. son Dec 1894 age 5 Ia
    Wm V. Dec 1896 age 3 Ia
    David J. Dec 1899 5 mos Ia
    living next door to Nellie's parents Thomas J. Galbreath

    Ref: Stockyard History, Armour Packing House, Sioux City, Iowa
    The "big three" packing plants, Cudahy, Armour and Swift, established themselves in the stockyards area. Cudahy came in 1892, Armour in 1901, and Swift and Company began operations in 1917

    1901 - Charles works on construction of Armour Meat Packing, Sioux City, Iowa

    1910 Polk Co Iowa 1st ward Des Moines household 5 Hickman Road
    Nellie Rowles 37 married 1x 5 born 5 living Ia no occupation
    Merle 18 laborer odd jobs
    Clifford 15 cleaning shop clothes et
    Willie 14
    Rex 12
    Martha 8

    1911 - Courthouse in Holdrege, Phelps Co. Nebraska built, Rowles & Bailey Construction Company, Charles E. Rowles foreman brick masons

    1914 - Courthouse in Red Cloud, Webster Co. Nebraska built, Rowles & Company Constractors, Charles E. Rowles, foreman brick masons

    5 Nov 1915 work began on the courthouse in Jefferson, Greene Co. Iowa by Rowles Construction Company of Onawa, Iowa, brick foreman Charles Rowles, nephew of owners - 54 carloads of stone & 730,000 bricks went into the building, 150 tons of plaster - completed 27 Oct 1917

    1917 work began Jefferson High School by Geneva Construction Company, brick foreman, Charles Rowles

    Ref: 1920 Census Greene Co. Iowa, Jefferson twp, ED #110, 403 East Clark Street, household #205, 22 Jan
    Charles E. Rowles age 47 Iowa parents Ia bricklayer bldgs
    Lillian M. wife age 31 Minn father Illinois mother NY
    Virgil F. son age 11 Ia (He is a Dickeson child)
    Amy C dtr age 9 Minn (she is a Dickeson child)
    Gerald J. son age 2 yrs 8 mos Ia
    Juanita M. dtr age 1 mos Ia

    1920 Minnehaha Co South Dakota Sioux Falls household 54
    Charles P Galbreath 42 single
    Iva sister 48 single
    Martha Rowles niece 18
    Nellie Rowles sister 45 widow (Charles ex-wife and dtr)

    Ref: Genforum Rowles family submitted by Colleen Galbreath 21 April 2001
    I am looking for any information on Chelies or Charles C. Rowles b. June 1872 to J.S. and Ann Stinson Rowles. He married our ancestor Nellie May Galbreath b. May 5, 1872 in Colfax, Jasper County, Iowa on February 27, 1892. Their children were Muriel, Charles C., Rex J., David and William Verd Rowles. They lived in Colfax and then moved to the Sioux Falls, South Dakota area. Have photos to share with family and would like to share other information. Thanks! Colleen

    Summer of 1924 leaves for Chicago to work on building Union Train Station

    Ref: Greene Co. Iowa Index of Deaths and Obits for Jefferson Newspapers 1916-1925, pg 44
    Rowles, Charles E. 52 yrs 4 Sept 1924 Jefferson Herald
    Rowles, Charles E. 52 yrs 28 Aug 1924 Jefferson Herald
    Rowles, Charles E. 53 yrs 2 Sept 1924 Jefferson Bee

    The Jefferson Bee, Jefferson, Iowa, Wednesday, Sept 3, 1924 CHAS. ROWLES DEAD End came at post of duty Body brought from Chicago on Friday and Interment took place on Saturday Charles Rowles, well known local stone mason died very suddenly in Chicago last Wednesday morning while he was working at his trade. Mr. Rowles had been in Chicago about a month, where he had employment upon one of the building projects of the Windy City. He was doing brick work on the second story of the job when suddenly he fell over on the platform, blood streaming from nose and mouth, and was soon dead. The physician's certificate accompanying the remains give the cause of death as "pulmonary hemorrhage and chronic myocarditis," the latter meaning inflammation of the muscles of the heart. Mr. Rowles had not been in the best of health for several months, and at times, had been unable to work. But he was filled with energy, and thought little of his bodily troubles as he continued in his profession. His death comes as a great sorrow to hosts of Jefferson friends, who extend sympathy without stint? to the bereaved family in their sad hour of grief. Mr. Rowles moved to Jefferson at the time of the commencement of the new court house. He was a nephew of the contractor, and worked upon that structure until it was complete, then upon the new high school building. From time to time he has been on public building work elsewhere, and was well known as an exceptionally fine workman. He was a member of the stone mason's union, which organization, in Chicago, assumed charge of his body and looked after the arrangements for shipping the remains to Jefferson. The union also sent an escort with the body in the person of Mr. Ed Clark, of Ames, who has been in Chicago in the same line of work. Mr. Clark arrived here with the remains Friday morning. The funeral occurred on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the residence with the last rites in charge of Rev. W. V. Wills. Hosts of friends came to pay their last respects to the departed, and to mourn with those who has lost husband and father. The brick masons union of Ames sent a large delegation to be present at the funeral. The following was prepared for The Bee by Mr. T. A. Mugan. This community was shocked on last Wedensday, Aug 27, to learn that, on that morning Charles E. Rowles, of East Clark street of this city, came to his death while working on the train sheds of the new Union depot in Chicago. Mr. Rowles learned his trade as a brick-layer, starting an an apprentice when 14 years of age and has worked at it continously since and was a member of the Ames, Iowa, Local of the Brick Masons and Plasters International Union. He came to his city as the brick foreman, for the Rowles Construction Co. and later acted in that capacity for the Geneva Construction Co., on the erectiion of the Jefferson high school. He acted as brick foreman for the Rowles Construction Co on the court house at Red Cloud, Neb., the public school at Hornick, Iowa, the public school at Moville, Iowa, and as brick foreman Rowles & Son on a public school at Blenco, Iowa; for the Rhoads Construction Co on public schools at Woolstock and Newkirk; for the Armour Packing Co. on packing house at SIOUX CITY and for, Rowles and Bailey, on a court house at Holdridge, Neb., and on other works of importance. His congenial disposition and easy pleasant ways earned for him the well merited nickname "Happy" by which he was universally known. Mr. Rowles was born at COLFAX, IOWA, JUNE 30, 1872, and was 53 years, 1 month and 27 days old at the time of his death. He was married to Mrs. Lillian Dickinson (my note: nee Busse) June 14, 1913 at Cavalier, North Dakota, and is survived by the widow and their two children, Gerald 7 years old (my note: this is my son's grandfather) and Juanita 5 years old and by two children Virgil and Amy (my note: these two children are Dickinson's not Rowles), of Mrs. Rowles by her previous marriage and by FOUR OF FIVE SONS AND BY ONE DAUGHTER BY HIS PREVIOUS MARRIAGE, one of the later sons having proceeded his father in death a few years ago. Numerous other relatives also survive. Funeral services were held at the residence of the late deceased on Sunday afternoon, at 2:30 p.m. and were in charge of Rev. Wills who preaced an appropriate and touching sermon. Music was furnished by Mr. Dean Barker and Mrs. Fred Osborn. Pallbearers were Ed Clark, Charles Cooney, Frank Cameron, Wm Bodenstein, W.E. DeWitt and Dan W. Mugan, all old friends of Mr. Rowles and all, except Dan W.Mugan, members of the Ames local of the brick-layers Union. His remains were buried in the Jefferson cemetery. Out of town relatives and friends attending the funeral were: Mrs. ANNA ROWLES, MOTHER, DES MOINES; Mr. and Mrs. John Tipton, cousins, Baxter; Mr. and Mrs. JOHN STINSON, COUSINS, BAXTER; Misses Gertie and Dorothy Stinson, cousins, Newton; Mr. and Mrs. JED BALL and family, COUSINS, PATON; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Clark and family, Ames; Mr. and Mrs. Hutchins, Ames, Geo. and Commodore Litchfield, Ames; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Cooney and daughter, Ames; Mr. Frank Cameron, Ames; Mrs. George Britt, sister of Mrs. Rowles, Chokio, Minn.

    1930 Polk Co Iowa Des Moines household 271 1307 or 9 East Grand Ave
    Duke A Davis 56 married age 55 Iowa fa Tenn mo ILL tree surgeon state of Iowa
    Lillian M 42 married age 41 Minnesota fa ILL mo NY
    Gerald J Rowles son 12 Iowa
    Wanetta M 10 Iowa
  • Change Date: 21 Jan 2005 at 05:37:19

    Father: Limerick Bazil Ball b: 1 Nov 1843 in Belmont Co. Ohio
    Mother: Anna L. Stinson "Annie" b: 26 Jun 1856 in Baxter, Jasper Co. Iowa

    Marriage 1 Nellie May Galbreath b: 5 May 1872 in Iowa
    • Married: 27 Feb 1892 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa
    1. Has No Children Muriel J. Rowles b: Sep 1892 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa
    2. Has No Children Charles Clifford Rowles b: Dec 1894 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa
    3. Has No Children William Verd Rowles b: 16 Dec 1896 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa
    4. Has No Children David J. Rowles b: Dec 1899 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa
    5. Has No Children Martha Rowles b: 1902 in Iowa
    6. Has No Children Rex J. Rowles b: 29 Dec 1903 in Colfax, Jasper Co. Iowa

    Marriage 2 Lillian Margaret Busse b: 19 Feb 1888 in Minnesota
    • Married: 14 Jun 1913 in Cavalier, Pembina Co. North Dakota
    1. Has Children Gerald Joseph Rowles "Jerry" b: 25 Nov 1917 in Jefferson, Greene Co., Iowa c: 9 Dec 1926 in St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, Ames, Iowa
    2. Has Children Juanita Madonna Rowles b: 1 Dec 1919 in Jefferson, Greene Co. Iowa c: 9 Dec 1926 in St. Cecilia's Catholic Church, Ames, Iowa
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