Biography of Charles Eugene & Addie Pearl Templer

Charles Eugene & Addie Pearl Templer's Family
*** Mother's Day 1944 ***
Charles Eugene & Addie Pearl Templer and four children

Back Row= Charles Gaylord, Doris Permelia & Eugene Redmond
Front Row=Addie Pearl, Charles Eugene & Phylliss Cleo

Charles Eugene Templer (the second of eight children) was born in Keokuk, Lee County, Iowa on 3 May 1877. He came with his parents, George Washington and Eliza Templer, and older sister, Belle, when he was about a year old in 1878 to Riley County, Kansas then on to a farm near Cave Springs, Elk County, Kansas by 1880 when Viola Rose was born. After the death of his father, George Washington Templer in 1908, Charles Eugene lived on a farm near Fiat, Kansas where he made a home for his mother and the children. Eliza Templer then married Lewis Thomas, on 9 September 1916 at Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas. Lewis Thomas died in 1917. Charles' brothers continued to live with Charles. They graduated from Severy Kansas High School.

Charles met Addie Pearl Redmond who was teaching school at Fiat, Kansas. Pearl, as she was called, was born on 22 July 1885 to George F. Redmond and Eliza Melvina Hester in Greenwood County near Eureka, Kansas. The Hester/Redmond family had first moved to Greenwood County at about the same time as the Templers moved to Elk County. George and Eliza Redmond later moved to Severy, Kansas. (For further information on this family, reference is made to History of the Hester Family, published in 1998 by Mark D. Hester and Charles E. Templer.) Pearl graduated from Severy High School and attended Normal Training Academy (now Emporia State University) at Emporia, Kansas. Pearl taught school in Greenwood and Elk County for eleven years.

Charles Eugene and Addie Pearl were married on 9 August 1911 at Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas. They were members of the Methodist Church. Pearl was always able to testify when called to do so. Charles was a farmer and rancher in Elk county until 1936. They then moved to a lamb farm on Fall River near Climax, Kansas. In 1938, they moved again, this time to the Hester Ranch near Independence, Kansas where they lived until Pearl's death. Many times Charles took the children to the field where they hoed weeds from the corn. If farm work was done, corn cultivated, etc., they would always go to a 4th of July celebration.

Pearl taught her daughters to cook, sew, crochet and quilt. She was always ready to help any neighbor in need, especially the sick. Pearl was active in community affairs, especially Farm Bureau as it was called at that time. She had attended club the day she died at home on 12 October 1949. Her funeral was in Coffeyville, Kansas, with burial in Twin Grove Cemetery in Severy, Kansas. This was a sad day for the Charles Eugene Templer family.

After Pearl's death, Charles made his home with his sixth child, Charles Gaylord. He helped with the farming as long as his health permitted him to do so. Charles died on 28 July 1960, in the Coffeyville Memorial Hospital with burial in Twin Grove Cemetery next to Pearl. Charles and Pearl were the parents of seven children: Alma Audine, an infant son who died at birth, Doris Permelia, Eugene Redmond, George Eliza, Charles Gaylord, and Phylliss Cleo.

Alma Audine Templer, the first child, was born on 3 March 1913 and died on 9 March 1928. She was only 15 years old at the time of death. She was first in her class for the 2 years she attended Severy High School. She was also top of her class at Howard, Kansas. One teacher said, "She always went to class with lessons prepared. She was one who always did her best." Services were held at the Methodist Church in Howard, Kansas. She was buried at the Twin Grove Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.

An infant son died at birth on 30 April 1915 and is also buried in Twin Grove Cemetery in Severy, Kansas.

Doris Permelia Templer, the third child, was born on 10 July 1916 on a farm north of Howard, Kansas. She attended rural school in Elk County Kansas. Doris graduated from Howard High School in 1935, and went to work at Greenwood Creamery in 1937 as a bookkeeper. She was married on 15 October 1941 to John Marshall Cummings, son of John Edward Cummings and Millie Belle Wright. He was born on 31 May 1912 at Helena, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. When he was 2 years old, his family moved back to Greenwood County, Kansas to his father's home place. John graduated from Fall River High School at Fall River, Kansas. They had five children: Kenneth, Carolyn, Donald, Allen and Rita.

Eugene Redmond Templer, the fourth child, was born 14 July 1918 in Elk County, Kansas near Howard. He married Anna Ruth Miller on 5 July 1940. Anna Ruth, daughter of Richard Clate Miller and Virginia Cornett, was born 24 April 1923 in Wann, Nowata County, Oklahoma. Eugene Redmond graduated from Howard High School and engaged in farming and ranching. Eugene and Anna Ruth worked in the Parsons Army Ammunition Plant during World War II in Labette County, Kansas while living in Cherryvale, Montgomery County, Kansas. Eugene died on 6 March 1967 in Coffeyville, Kansas. Anna Ruth died on 5 September 1968. Both are buried in Fairview Cemetery. There were two children born to this couple: Barbara Ann and Robert Eugene.

Georgia Eliza Templer, the fifth child, was born on 14 December 1920 and died on 23 January 1923. She is also buried in Twin Grove Cemetery in Severy, Kansas. She was named after both sets of grandparents who were named George and Eliza- the Templer and Redmond families.

Charles Gaylord Templer, the sixth child, was born on 3 August 1923 in Howard, Elk County, Kansas and his early years were spent on the farm and ranch land occupied by his family north of Howard, Kansas. He was married on 11 March 1944 in Cherryvale, Kansas to Evelyn Maxine Johnson, born 10 April 1925, who was the daughter of Claude Ernest Johnson and Zoe Mae (McClaren) Morical. They made their home with Charles Eugene and Addie Pearl for a few months following the wedding until they moved into a second home that was on the Hester Ranch near Jefferson, Kansas. That was where they were living when their first child, Charles Ernest Templer was born. That event was followed by the birth of twins, Garlan and Galen, and then Tracy and Rebecca. Charles Gaylord died on 30 November 1983 in Pasadena, Texas and is buried in the Grandview Cemetery.

Phylliss Cleo Templer, the seventh and last child, was born on 19 January 1926, in Howard, Elk County, Kansas. She met Robert Clarence Metzinger in Coffeyville, Kansas, while he was stationed there at the Coffeyville Army Air Field. They were married at the Christian Church in Independence, Kansas on 14 February 1945. They had two daughters: Connie and Linda.

Phylliss married second to George Clarence Sheets. George's two children, George Douglas and Peggy Sue, came to live with them.

Phylliss married third to James E. Bishop. James had three children, Gregory, Sharon and Karon. Phylliss Bishop died on 9 July 1996 in Kansas City, Jackson County, Kansas, Missouri and is buried in the Calvary section of Fairview Cemetery in Coffeyville, Kansas.

1. James Templer (1751 - 1847)
2.Thomas Templer(abt 1787-aft.1850)
3.Stacy Elicot Templer (1814-1874)
4.George Washington Templer (1853-1908)
5. Charles Eugene Templer (1877-1960)

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