NameCharles Edward Tuttle 1
Birth2-25-1869, Douglas Co, KS
Death6-11-1914, Douglas Co, KS Age: 45
Burial Vinland Cemetery, Vinland, Douglas County, Kansas, USA
Birth5-18-1875, Cumberland, Near Shelbysport, Garrett Co, MD
Death2-9-1958, Independence, Jackson Co, MO Age: 82
Burial2-11-1958, Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence
Marriage12-24-1895, Douglas Co, KS
Notes for Charles Edward Tuttle
Charles Edward Tuttle was a farmer in 1910 and operated a farm with his father-in-law, Samuel K. Hook. Charles E. Tuttle was an insurance salesman living in Lawrence at the time of his death. According to Xania Muriel Park it was understood that Charles Tuttle would receive the farm when Samuel Hook died. Samuel Hook sold the farm after he married Augusta Stiles and subsequently moved to California. Lillian Elmira Tuttle attempted to recover the farm without success.
Biography written by Don Park with edits by Evelyn Park Blalock. Please do not publish elsewhere without providing full and proper credit. Thank you.
Charles Edward Tuttle was born on 25 Feb 1869 in Douglas County, Kansas, the son of William Lewis Tuttle and Sarah Emily Moore Tuttle. He married Lillian Elmira Hook on 23 Dec 1895. He was a farmer and worked the farm of his father-in-law, Samuel Keagy Hook. According to Xaina Muriel Tuttle Park, his daughter, Charles and Lillian had invested their time and effort into the farm because it was promised to them as an inheritance. They spent their entire life savings making improvements to the property. However, Samuel Hook sold the farm about 1914 and took the proceeds with him to California when he "ran off" with a younger woman. The farm was located on the southwest one-quarter of Section 25 of Wakarusa Township in Douglas County, Kansas. Penniless and homeless, Charles became an insurance salesman after the unexpected end of his farming career, never recovering from his father-in-law's betrayal. He died from a gunshot wound to the head while hunting alone on 11 Jun 1914. Though the death was ruled accidental, his wife and children always suspected suicide.
Notes for Lillian Elmira (Spouse 1)
Born, May 18,1875
Died, February 9, 1958
Tuesday, February 11, 1958, at 3:30 p.m.
From Ramsey Funeral Home
Burial, Oak Hill Cemetery
Rev. Albert F. Bramble
Mrs. Robert M. Price
Mrs. Paul Rankin
Arthus C, Oatman
Albert L. Park
Dwight B, Sprow
Albert L. Park, Jr.
Arthur C. Oatman, Jr.
Wallace H. Taylor
Mr and Mrs Arthur C, Oatman
Mr and Mrs Albert L. Park
Mr and Mrs Dwight B. Sprow
Mr and Mrs Albert L. Park, Jr.
Mr and Mrs Arthur C. Oatman, Jr.
Mrs W. L. Andreson
Mr Otto Tuttle
A Traffic Victim Gaines
Mars. Lillian Tuttle, 77 years old, 1024 Pennsylvania avenue, of was struck by a mother car yesterday at Tenth and Wyandotte streets was reported in good condition today at St Mary's hospital. She suffered shock, bruises and cuts, attendants said.
Biography written by Lillie's grandson, Don Park, with edits by Evelyn Park Blalock. Please do not publish elsewhere without providing full and proper credit. Thank you.
Lillian Elmira Hook was born 18 May 1875 in Garrett County, Maryland, the daughter of Samuel Keagy Hook and Martha A. Harvey Lower Hook. Her family moved to Douglas County, Kansas, by covered wagon in 1878 and settled on land that Samuel Hook had purchased earlier. The Samuel Hook farm was located on the southwest one-quarter of Section 25 of Township 13 (Wakarusa), Range 19 of Douglas County, Kansas.
Lillie, as she was called, completed some regimen of study at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. It is not clear that she received a degree, but she was certified as a teacher. She married Charles Edward Tuttle on 24 Dec 1895, and together they had four children. Charles was a farmer and worked the farm of his father-in-law, Samuel Hook. Charles and Lillian invested their time and effort into the farm because it was promised to them as an inheritance, spending their entire life savings making improvements to the property. However, Samuel Hook sold the farm about 1914 and took the proceeds with him to California when he "ran off" with a much younger woman. This betrayal devastated Lillian and her family both financially and emotionally... and most likely was the primary contributor to her husband's untimely death.
After Charles died in 1914, Lillie operated a boarding house located at 940 Tennessee Street in Lawrence, Kansas, for some period of time. The 1930 U.S. Census shows that she was living with her daughter Lucille's family in Kansas City, Kansas, at that time, so she did not live in the home with the boarders. Lillie became an Avon representative some time before 1940. By 1948, she counted a major part of the secretaries in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, as customers and she moved to that city.
Lillie's small efficiency apartment in Kansas City, Missouri, was located in an area known as Quality Hill. This area had known better times before Lillie lived there. The three or four floor buildings in the area were subsequently removed because they "constituted a hazard to airplanes using the Kansas City, Missouri, airport." The three and four story buildings were replaced with high rise apartment buildings – so much for honesty in government. Of course, the airport was then converted to small planes and Kansas City International Airport opened. Needless to say, most of the residents of the old buildings on Quality Hill couldn't afford to live in the new high rise apartments.
Lillie attempted to recover some of the money she should have inherited from her father to no avail. He had run off to California with a younger woman, with funds he had acquired by selling the family farm out from under Lillie and Charles. Samuel Hook died just two years later. Lillie said that she was told that if she became a resident of California she might have a chance of getting something from her father's estate, but that there was no way someone from outside California would receive a judgment from a California court. Despite all of these setbacks during her lifetime, Lillie eventually recovered financially and gave $1,000 to each of her grandchildren for college; she provided considerably more than that for several of the grandchildren. When she died, the shelves of her pantry were found to be covered with $100 bills under the shelf paper.
Lillie was a very sweet and loving grandmother. Among other attributes, she knew and sang several hunting songs that came from the hills in which she was born and her parents were raised.
Lillie died on 9 Feb 1958 in a hospital in Independence, Missouri, after a prolonged illness. She was buried next to her son, Arthur, in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.