I personally know very little of Jennie and Charles Engle, but it was a name I grew up hearing. I have chosen to show their story today because of what I found a couple of years ago when going through some of the documents and photos that my mother obtained after her grandmother’s death.
Every time I see the funeral card for James Pickens Corel, it is not him who I think of, but his daughter, Eugenia E. “Jennie” Corel who married Charles E. Engle on March 10, 1892 at the age of 33. To finally find the love of your life at such a late age, in those times, must’ve been a fairy tale for Jennie. When I held the card and read the note that you see on the right, I could feel the pain that consumed Jennie after Charles passed.
The note reads:
how I loved
god can kno
Charles E. Engle was born on August 10, 1858 in Pennsylvania. He passed away on March 2, 1931. The obituary found pasted to the back of the funeral card for James Pickens Corel reads:
Charles E. Engle, 73, resident of Lawrence since 1876 when he came here from Manhattan, died last night at his residence, 2236 Massachusetts street.
He is survived by his wife and three sisters, Mrs. M. S. McCreight of Oskaloosa and Mrs. S. J. Churchill and Miss Ella Engle of Lawrence.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the Trinity Lutheran church of which he was a member. The Rev. C. A. Puls will have charge of the services. Burial will be made in Oak Hill cemetery.
Members of the Odd Fellows, of which Mr. Engel was a member for over 50 years, will conduct services at the grave. Pall bearers will be: Gene Corel, Charles Corel, Perry Palmateer, A. G. Alrich, Oscar Lane, Dr. Edward Bumgardner.
Mr. Engle was the son of Solomon Engle, a Civil War veteran who moved to Kansas from Pennsylvania in 1871, settling at Manhattan. Charles Engle attended the Kansas State Agricultural college in the early days of that school.
While a resident in Lawrence, Mr. Engle was actively engaged in the lumber business for several years. Later he moved to Hoquiam, Wash. and Alvin, Tex., where he engaged in the same business. After returning to Lawrence he bought the old Brackett farm and lived there a number of years. Moving to Lawrence again he, together with his brother, John, a Spanish-American war veteran, operated a grocery store in the 1300 block on Massachusetts street.
At one time Mr. Engle served as county assessor. His other interests, outside of business and his home, were the Odd Fellows, which on the completion of his fifty years of membership, presented him with a gold button, and the S. Engle camp of the Sons of Veterans which he served as a commander and treasurer. The camp was founded by his father and was named in his honor.
Jennie would go on to live another 19 years without her husband. She was five days away from turning 92 when she passed away April 5, 1950. Both Jennie and Charles are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas. Charles’ parents, Solomon and Sarah Jane, are buried in the same area.