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Charles Henry COX

Charles Henry COX

Male 1879 - 1949  (70 years)

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  • Name Charles Henry COX 
    Born 23 Mar 1879  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    History OBITUARY: Bellingham Herald, 23 Sept 1949, pgs. 1 & 25.
    According to his WWII Draft Registration Card (SN-U1796), signed on 25 Apr 1942, he was indeed born on 23 Mar 1879, was 63 years old, had his left leg broken three times, was 5’ 4” and weighed 161 lbs. However, he states he was born in Nottingham, England, which contradicts the 1881 Census from England. 
    Immigration 8 Sep 1890  Alaska; New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Came over with his mother, departed from Liverpool.
    Occupation Bus Driver, Salesman 
    Religion Protestant (Presbyterian) 
    Died 23 Sep 1949  Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 26 Sep 1949  Greenacres Memorial Park, Ferndale, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Charles Henry Cox, my father, worked at the Leopold Hotel for many years. One morning he put one foot on the snowy bus step and the other foot slipped into the huge spoked wheel, breaking his leg above the knee. Can you imagine lying in a hospital bed for thirteen months trying to get the break to heal? In those days, they put a bucket of sand over the foot of the bed and attached it somehow to Dad's leg. That was supposed to heal a break? He broke the same leg twice more in the ensuing years and ended up on crutches for the remainder of his life. From his bed he took up selling magazines - Ladies Home Journal, The Country Gentleman, and The Saturday Evening Post. He did a great business, adding more magazines as needed.
      I must include here that Dad and nine other people were the first settlers in Bellingham, so he knew everyone. Today it is a city of 50-60,000 people. Everyone subscribed to his magazines because they felt so sorry for poor Charlie and his brood of Coxes.
      When Dad died 23 Sept 1949, he was doing a $30,000 a year business, mostly by telephone. He had customers as far away as Alaska and China. I came in on this story because every Saturday, I had to walk to town (about four miles) and collect money from deadbeats or those who just forgot to send their money. As a youngster, I learned to just stand before these deadbeats who supposedly didn't have any money, and eventually they would produce it. It was their family who went without dinner and not ours.
      Dad loved his tea, being an Englishman from Nottingham, England. When sugar was rationed during World War II, he would hog the sugar bowl and dump everyone's portion into it. He liked a little tea with a lot of sugar in it. Mother soon took care of that by putting a little sugar in his cup first. Dad would order meat every morning by telephone, because in those days we didn't have refrigerators. What a happy day that was when somebody invented and started producing them. When Dad called the butcher, he'd say, "Bring me $1.00 worth of steak and if I'm not home, just stick it through the keyhole." What a nut! Wonder what he would think of today's prices. He lived about seven years longer than Mother, and was pretty lost without her. He lived his last days and years with DeEtte, my oldest sister.
      When it comes to my father, I know too little about his side of the family. There weren't that many children for one thing and information is sparse concerning them. Here is what I do remember about my Aunts and Uncles on my father's side.
      1) Aunt Florence and Uncle Harry Farley
      We called her Aunt Flossie and she was quite a woman - the head of this, that, and the other thing and was a great do-gooder. She and Harry had three boys, Dr. Otis Farley and the twins - one was a dentist and the other one drowned. Her husband owned the big feed store in Bellingham. (Glenn's father owned the big feed store in Durand, which he took over when his father, Russell, died.) Aunt Flossie was always trying to do something for Charley's kids. I'll never forget her bringing me over size "9" dresses all made alike and size "9" pairs of long ORANGE stockings, which matched the orange dress only. No matter, I still had to wear them. I appreciated Letty's and Rhoda's hand-me-downs to that. I was in High School. Mother was so grateful, and I was crushed - where had she gotten such a bunch of junk? I compensated by taking my one pair of silk stockings with me to school, quickly removed the orange beauties at the store en route, then put them back on when I came home.
      2) Uncle Albert Cox - unmarried
      I can remember very little about him, except when he moved into a one-room apartment in the Richmond Hotel overlooking Main Street in Bellingham. It was our duty, as kids, to pay him a visit on Saturdays. I'll never forget when somebody converted him to Catholicism and gave him a Rosary. He tried to explain what it was and how it worked, we never did get the hang of it. He died before Dad on 18 Mar 1939.
      3) Aunt Polly and Uncle Arthur
      I never did know Uncle Arthur. He was gone before I appeared on the scene. Her real name was Mary Ellen Robinson. She had a son named Theodore who dearly loved trains. One day, he got to wondering what would happen if he put his foot on the rail.(?) He did, and ended up with half his foot cut off and the rest of his life was spent crippling around. They lived three blocks up the alley from us, so we saw them often. She was born in Nottingham, England, in 1873.
      4) Uncle Walter Cox
      This is just to name him. I know nothing about him. [7]
    Person ID I68  Reid Family | David's side of the family, Lynn's side of the family
    Last Modified 16 Aug 2014 

    Father William Albert COX,   b. 27 Feb 1842, Owersby, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Apr 1921, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother Anne Roulston JOHNSON,   b. 24 Sep 1843, Limber, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Sep 1917, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 19 Jan 1868  Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Documents
    Cox, W&A (1881 Eng.)
    Cox, W&A (1881 Eng.)
    Family ID F67  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Roxanna (Roxey) BIGNELL,   b. 4 Dec 1879, Porcupine, Pepin, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1942, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 30 Aug 1899  Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • Rev. J. W. Miller
    Children 
    +1. Ruby Carol COX,   b. 9 Jun 1917, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1996, Hemet Valley Hospital, Hemet, Riverside, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +2. Richard William Henry COX,   b. 2 Jun 1900, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1972, Quesnel, North Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +3. Leonard Rudolph (Moses) COX,   b. 8 Mar 1905, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1968, Yakima Valley Regional Center, Yakima, Yakima, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +4. Florence ‘DeEtte’ COX,   b. 4 Feb 1902, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Mar 1983, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    +5. Charles Albert COX,   b. 25 Sep 1903, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1986, Seattle, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
    +6. Walter ‘Lee’ COX,   b. 10 Jul 1906, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1991, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     7. Clifford Clayton COX,   b. 18 Jun 1908, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1931, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 23 years)
    +8. Letitia (Letty) Maude COX,   b. 27 Apr 1910, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 2002, Sedro-Woolley, Skagit, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)
    +9. Rhoda Janette COX,   b. 24 Mar 1912, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jul 1997, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     10. Glen Edgar COX,   b. 29 Aug 1913, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 2001, Catonsville, Baltimore, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    +11. Russell Gordon COX,   b. 21 Jun 1915, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Feb 1970, Seattle, King, Washington Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
    Photos
    Cox, Charles H.-1879 & Family (~1914)
    Cox, Charles H.-1879 & Family (~1914)
    Back Row: Florence DeEtte-1902, Charles Albert-1903, Richard William-1900
    Middle Row: Leonard Rudolph-1905, Charles Henry-1879, Letitia Maude-1910 (sitting on table), Roxey Ann-1879
    Front Row: Glen Edgar-1913 (on Charles’ lap), Clifford Clayton-1908, Walter Lee-1906, Rhoda Janette-1912 (on Roxey’s lap)
    Picture taken in early 1914.
    Cox, Charles H.-1879 & Family (~1920)
    Cox, Charles H.-1879 & Family (~1920)
    This Family of Thirteen Deserves Crown from Tulip Town
    Back Row: Florence DeEtte-1902, Charles Albert-1903, Leonard Rudolph-1905, Walter Lee-1906, Clifford Clayton-1908
    Front Row: Rhoda Janette-1912, Charles Henry-1879, Glen Edgar-1913, Richard William-1900, Letitia Maude-1910, Roxey Ann-1879
    Small Children seated in very front: Ruby Carol-1917, Russell Gordon-1915
    Since the Bellingham Herald a few weeks ago made a survey of Bellingham’s “big families”, showing that Charles Cox, popular driver at the Hotel Leopold, is the father of the largest Bellingham family, the suggestion has been made that Mr. Cox and his family be presented to the readers of The Herald. It is with considerable satisfaction that The Herald is able to comply with the implied request, and herewith presents Mr. and Mrs. Cox and their eleven children, all of whom were born in Bellingham. It also offers the suggestion that they deserve to be crowned as the champion family of Tulip Town.
    Documents
    Cox, Charles H. & Bignell, Roxana Marriage Record
    Cox, Charles H. & Bignell, Roxana Marriage Record
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Mar 1879 - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 30 Aug 1899 - Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Sep 1949 - Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Earth 

  • Photos
    Cox, Charles H
    Cox, Charles H
    Cox, Charles H
    Cox, Charles H

    Documents
    Cox, W&A (1881 Eng.)
    Cox, W&A (1881 Eng.)

    Headstones
    Cox, Charles H.-1879 (HS)
    Cox, Charles H.-1879 (HS)

    Ships
    S.S. Alaska
    S.S. Alaska
    The Alaska was a record breaking British passenger liner that won the Blue Riband for the Guion Line as the fastest liner on the Atlantic in 1882. She was a slightly larger and faster edition of Guion's Arizona and in 1883 became the first liner to make the crossing to New York in under a week. However, Alaska burned 250 tons of coal per day, as compared to Arizona's already high 135 tons. Built by John Elder & Company of Glasgow, she carried 350 first class passengers and 1,000 steerage. As in the case of Arizona, Stephen Guion also personally owned Alaska.
    Alaska completed 100 voyages when Guion suspended sailings in 1894. She proved difficult to sell and was finally chartered in 1897 by Cia. Transatlanticia Espanola as a troop transport. In 1899, Alaska was sold for scrap, but was resold to the Barrow shipyard where she was used as an accommodiation hulk until broken up in 1902.

  • Sources 
    1. [S365] England Census, 1881, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England; District #14, Pg. 72.

    2. [S237] United States Federal Census, New Whatcom, Whatcom, Washington; Enumeration District #244, Pg. 14B.

    3. [S238] United States Federal Census, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington; Enumeration District #319, Pg. 6A.

    4. [S239] United States Federal Census, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington; Enumeration District #209, Pg. 5B.

    5. [S240] United States Federal Census, Bellingham, Whatcom, Washington; Enumeration District #37-6, Pg. 11A.

    6. [S239] United States Federal Census.

    7. [S9] Recollections of Ruby Carol REID (COX).

    8. [S421] Washington, Marriage Records, Image #787.