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Charles Vincent Moorhouse

Male 1878 - 1978  (99 years)

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  • Name Charles Vincent Moorhouse 
    Born 11 Aug 1878  Bernadotte Township, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Feb 1978  Lewistown, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 16 Feb 1978  Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I146  Petersen-de Lanskoy
    Last Modified 27 May 2021 

    Family 1 Estella Jennie Grigsby,   b. 4 Aug 1882, Cuba, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1963, Long Beach, Los Angeles, California, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 3 Sep 1903  , Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Divorced Yes, date unknown 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F136  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Jennie Elmira Hales,   b. 26 Oct 1891, Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Aug 1957, Lewistown, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 12 Dec 1918  Junction, Piute, Utah, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F133  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Helen J. Feaster,   b. 7 Apr 1905, Lewistown, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1991, Springfield, Greene, Missouri, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 8 Nov 1957  of Lewistown, Fulton, Illinois, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 May 2021 
    Family ID F137  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
      1. Censuses:
      1880 US: Bernadotte, Fulton, Illinois, FHL film 1254207, NA T9-0207, 58D:
      Omar Moorehouse, M, M, W, 27, farmer, IL Eng OH.
      Carrie E., wife, M, F, W, 22, keeping house, WI OH NY.
      Lula A., dau., S, F, W, 4, IL IL WI.
      Clarence, son, S, M, W, 3, IL IL WI.
      Charlie, son, S, M, W, 1, IL IL WI.
      Joseph Brown, other, S, M, W, 8, PA Eng PA.

      1900 US: Bernadotte Township, Fulton, Illinois, p. 246A:
      Omar Moorhouse, Jan 1853, 44, m. 26 years, IL Eng OH, farmer.
      Carrie, wife, Oct 1856, 48, m. 28 years, 7 total children all living, IL OH NY.
      Clarence, son, Feb 1877, 23, S, IL IL IL.
      Charles, son, Aug 1879, 21, IL IL IL.
      Roy, son, Sep 1880, 19, IL IL IL.
      Blanch, dau., Apr 1882, 18, IL IL IL.
      Frank, son, Dec 1883, 16, IL IL IL.
      Hansel, son, Mar 1886, 14, IL IL IL.
      Mary Gulack, servant, Sep 1856, 43, widow, 5 total children with 4 living, IL IL IL.
      Omar Gulack, board, Jan 1892, 8, MO SC IL.

      1920 US: Circleview, Piute, Utah:
      C.V. Moorhouse, head, 41, physician with his own practice.
      Jennie, wife, 28.
      Donald, son, 15.

      2. Email 25 Aug 2002 from Cris Moorehouse : He indicates there is a section of the Lewiston, Illinois museum dedicated to Dr. Charles Moorhouse. Two photos of him were also sent by him to me and are in my hard file - one of him as an older man, and one of him as a child with his parents and siblings. Cris also indicates that he is now in possession of a family book kept by one of Charles' nieces for a period of over 50 years. It contained pictures, obituaries, and articles about his parents and siblings.

      3. Deed information found in the Piute County Recorder's Office, 31 Mar 2005, in person, Junction, Utah:
      a. Piute County Book A "Index to Mortgages" by date of filing:
      27 Apr 1916, Bk. 4, p. 235, C.V. Moorhouse to Duran Garage Co., Land.

      1. Email 25 Aug 2002 from Cris Moorehouse of his notes:
      A. Charles Vincent(5) Moorhouse: (Omar John4, Eli3, Joseph2, Thomas?1) was born August 11, 1878 in Lewistown, Fulton Co. IL, and died February 14, 1978 in Canton, Fulton Co., Il. He married (1) Estella J. Grigsby, September 03, 1903 in Fulton Co., IL. She was born August 04, 1882 in Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois, and died 1965 in Long Beach, Los Angeles, California. He married (2) Jennie Elmira Hales, December 12, 1918, daughter of Charles Hales and Jemima Adair. She was born October 26, 1891 in Spanish Fork, Utah, and died August 08, 1957 in Lewistown, Fulton Co., Illinois. He married (3) Helen J. (Feaster) Irwin, November 08, 1957, daughter of Edward Feaster and Barbara Burge. She was born April 07, 1905 in Lewistown, Fulton Co., IL, and died October 26, 1991 in Springfield, Greene Co., Missouri.
      B. Notes for Charles Vincent Moorhouse:
      a. Charles Moorhouse graduated in 1905 from the Keokuk College of Physicians & Surgeons and Keokuk Medical College. This comes from a 1911 Alumni Directory which only gave a listing of the graduates and no other information. This coincides with the information given below in the newspaper article about practicing medicine for 60 years in 1968.
      b. The following information was taken from information received from A. E. Parshall in Piute County, Utah:
      i. On 7 June 1912 Dr. Charles registered a Ford Roadster, 22 - 1/2 horsepower, gasoline engine, with the state. I believe this to be the first car registered in Piute County. He sold this car to Lans Bertelsen to use as a jitney service. On 9 August 1917 the first bunch of the selective service from Marysvale came up for physical examination Tuesday morning. 27 June 1918, Dr. C. V. Moorhouse, county physician, and who registered some two months ago for service in the reserve medical corps of the United Sates Army will go to Salt Lake City. Dr. Moorhouse will go to Ft. Douglas where he will take the physical examination preparatory to entering the service.
      ii. 17 October 1918 The Spanish influenza, which has been raging over the county for the last month or more, and which has caused a big death list, has reached Piute county and already many cases have been reported... Dr. Moorhouse, county physician, stated that four cases in the secondary form had developed at Kingston and two at Circleville. "The disease was carried to this county by a man from Salt Lake" said Dr. Moorhouse. "Citizens throughout the county have been warned to guard against spreading the disease," he continued, "and if all will cooperate in checking the spread there will be no occasion for alarm. The schools of the county, as well as all other public gatherings, have been forbidden, and if all will heed the precautionary measures, the disease will soon be stamped out."
      iii. 24 October 1918: Checking Disease. Four cases of influenza developed at Alunite the early part of this week and immediately steps were taken to stamp out the malady. At the orders of county physician Moorhouse all schools were closed and steps taken to isolate the ones having the disease. Thus far the cases reported are all in a mild form and to prevent any spread the management has provided quarters where those afflicted can be cared for an receive medical attention without exposing others. Reports from the camp last night were to the effect that all stricken ones were doing nicely and that nothing of a serious nature had developed as yet.
      iv. 24 October 1918: Influenza Spreading Throughout County / Physicians Endeavoring to Check Malady and Drastic Measures to Be Adopted to Prevent Spread / While many new cases of Spanish influenza have developed in Marysvale and throughout the county during the past week, thus far only a few have it in the third stage. County Physician Moorhouse and City Physician Syndergaard, are working overtime in attending to the stricken and are exerting every effort to stamp out and check the disease, and in this the physicians must have the cooperation of all. Indignant complaints have been made about the indiscriminate scattering of the disease by those afflicted and drastic measures are to be taken, if necessary to keep those suffering in any form from the malady, off the streets and away from the homes of others where there is any likelihood of further spread. "Our efforts to check the disease will be of no avail unless everyone will help us," said Dr. Syndergaard last night. "If our advice is ignored it will be necessary to resort to drastic measures."
      v. 31 October 1918: "Flu" Takes Many in Grip... At Circleville and Kingston there is a vast improvement in the conditions as compared with last week. A few mild cases have developed but the citizens are cooperating with the health authorities to stamp out the disease. The situation at Junction is not so favorable, according to reports from county Physician Moorhouse. More than twenty cases have developed in the past week and about two-thirds of the cases are in the second stage.
      vi. 16 January 1919: "Flu" Raging at Panguitch / Panguitch, the metropolis of Garfield county and with a population of some 1800 people, is in the throes of the Spanish influenza and Tuesday night 1200
      cases had developed and ten deaths were reported. So serious is the situation that an appeal was made to the state health board for doctors and nurses. Following instructions from Dr. Beatty of the state health board, Dr. H.F. Syndergaard left here Friday morning to aid the stricken in the southern town. Saturday morning, learning that the only druggist in Panguitch had been stricken, Geo. T. Eayrs left for the south, taking with him drugs, vaccine and other medicines. In addition to Dr. Syndergaard, Dr. Steiner of Richfield, Dr. McGregor of St. George, Dr. Moorhouse of Junction, and Dr. Greene of Parowan were called in to aid Dr. Bigelow of Panguitch in fighting the disease. The six doctors are exerting every effort and are working overtime to check the spread...
      vii. 23 January 1919: According to word received from Junction yesterday, Dr. C.V. Moorhouse, county physician, is confined to his home suffering from a slight case of influenza.
      viii. 30 January 1919: Dr. C.V. Moorhouse, who has been quite ill with influenza, is slowly improving. Dr. McGregor of Cedar City, is attending the stricken physician...
      ix. 6 February 1919: Dr. C.V. Moorhouse and Mart Bayler, who have been quite ill with the influenza, are reported as convalescing nicely.
      x. 27 February 1919: N.S. Munson of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is spending a few days with his nephew, Dr. C.V. Moorhouse, at Junction. Mr. Munson, accompanied by Mrs. Moorhouse, were Marysvale visitors Tuesday.
      xi. 6 March 1919: On Eastern Visit Dr. and Mrs. C.V. Moorehouse passed through town last Friday enroute east for a short visit. Dr. Moorhouse, is just recovering from an aggravated case of influenza, and this, together with an overworked condition, has left him poorly. They will visit Dr. Moorhouse's parents at Canton, Ill., and from there they will go to Chicago. Enroute home they will stop at Omaha, Denver and other points. They expect to be absent about three weeks.
      xii: 25 October 1940: Dr. Moorhouse and two friends of Illinois are here [Circleville] deer hunting and visiting friends.(PCN)
      xiii. 8 November 1940: Dr. Moorhouse of Illinois, who was visiting in Circleville was called home due to the illness of his wife.
      xiv. 26 December 1941: Harvey Peterson, 22, who died at the home of Dr. Morehouse in Lewiston, Ill., will be brought here for burial some time this week; time of the funeral will be announced later. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Earl Smith, a brother Ralph Peterson, two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Stapel and Mrs. Wilford Davis, all of Circleville. Harvey volunteered about seven months ago. He has been stationed at Chanute Field, Ill., about 70 miles from Chicago, as a student in the army air corps technical school. The entire community mourns the loss of this fine boy.(Piute County News)
      c. "Parade Draws 1,500 Persons, Dr. Moorhouse Honored. August 21, 1968. By: Jennie Rosellen of The Ledger Staff: Lewistown, Ilinois - An estimated crowd of 1,500 persons lined the streets here Saturday to pay tribute to Dr. C. V. Moorhouse in ceremonies planned by friends of the 90-year-old physician. Dr. Moorhouse, a practicing physician for 60 years, 43 in Lewistown, and his wife Helen rode in a convertible at the head of the parade, then went to a reviewing stand from which he watched the remainder of the parade. With him on the reviewing stand were his wife and Dr. Moorhouse's brother Frank Moorhouse and his wife and their daughter Mrs. Winifred Gibboney and Dr. Moorhouse's granddaughter, Roberta Jump, all of Canton. The floats were designed to bring back memories to Dr. Moorhouse of his years of practice. The first one depicted the year he entered the Keokuk Medical College of Physicians and Surgeons, a branch of Iowa State University. Other floats depicted years when horses provided Dr. Moorhouse mode of travel, then a 1913 Model T Ford, the same model as the first one owned by Dr. Moorhouse during is practice in Junction City, Utah. The Great Depression of 1929 was depicted by a building mounted on a truck, with painters wearing WPA signs and painting the building. Another float was a display of his hobbies in which many pieces of ironwood were carved and finished into candleholders, lamp bases and other novelties. A sesquicentennial float used in other county parades and at the Illinois State Fair completed the parade. Mrs. Carl Willison, a member of the Tourist Club in Lewistown, presented a bouquet of roses on behalf of the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce to Dr. and Mrs. Moorhouse. A large decorated birthday cake, iced in white and topped with 90 candles was presented to the Moorhouses by Mayor Earl Coleman. It was baked by Eugene Bavery. Dr. Moorhouse observed his 90th birthday August 11 at his home with a open house from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Several of the babies delivered by Dr. Moorhouse marched in the parade and others greeted him later. Cash prizes were awarded to Mrs. Nina (May) Stutes of Lewistown, born in 1926 as the oldest "baby" in attendance, and to Mrs. Sherry (Guilliams) Fields, Havana, born 1941, as the youngest "baby" present. Robert Boone of Lewistown was master of Ceremonies. Sunday, August 11, 1968, Charles celebrated his 90th birthday, one son, Omar Jack, lives in Newport Beach, California, and Donald had died."
      d. Doctor Moorhouse died at the age of 99, was cremated and, according to his wishes, his ashes intered on his father's grave:
      Age at Death (Facts Pg): 99 years, 6 months, & 3 days
      Burial: February 16, 1978, Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, Fulton Co., IL
      Cause of Death: Cardiac Arrest
      Cremation: Able Crematory
      Graduation: 1905, Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons and Keokuk Medical College.
      Occupation: Bet. 1905 - 1965, Practicing Physician
      Social Security Number: 335-38-1422
      e. Notes for Jennie Elmira Hales: Jennie was buried next to her first husband. Burial: August 12, 1957, Rest Haven Park Cemetery, Phoenix, Arizona.
      f. Notes for Helen J. (Feaster) Irwin: Obituary 28 Oct 1991, Peoria Journal Star: "Lewiston - Helen Moorhouse, 86, of 290 S. Jefferson died at 1:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 1991, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo. Born April 7, 1905, in Lewistown to Edward and Barbara Burge Feaster, she married LeRoy Irwin in September 1924. He died May 21, 1937. She later married Dr. C.V. Moorhouse in November 1957. He died Feb. 14, 1978. Surviving are five daughters, Betty J. Irwin of Athens, Ga., Mrs. Max (Ioane) Witte of Ava, Mo., Mrs. John (Irene) Muir of Gilman, Mrs. Mel (Carole) Swanlund of Amboy and Mrs. Edward (Helen) Weide of Magnolia; one son, Thomas L. of Opelika, Ala.; 17 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Illinois Street Christian Church, Lewistown, the Rev. Mark Kaley officiating. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. Tuesday until service time at the church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown. Clinkingbeard Funeral Home in Ava, Mo., is in charge of arrangements." Burial: October 29, 1991, Oak Hill Cemetery, Lewistown, Fulton Co., IL. Place & Time of Death: October 26, 1991, St. John's Hospital, Springfield, MO, at 1:10 a.m.
      g. Children of Charles Moorhouse and Estella Grigsby are:
      i. Donald Grigsby(6) Moorhouse, b. July 02, 1904, New Philadelphia, Illinois [variant I have seen is also Peoria, IL]; d. March 10, 1961, Pomona, Los Angeles County, California. He married Frances Anne Coyne, December 1924 [b. 7 Jul 1908 in Baire, Vermont]. Social Security Number: 548-07-0454. Cause of Death: Diphtheria.
      ii. Omar Jack Moorhouse, b. February 01, 1908, New Philadelphia, Illinois [variant I have seen is also Peoria, IL]; d. December 21, 1998, Newport Beach, Orange Co., California."

      2. Obituaries of parents:
      a. Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, Illinois, Wednesday, May 10, 1933: "Physician's Mother Dies Last Night at Lewistown. Mrs. Carrie Moorhouse, mother of Dr. C. V. Moorhouse, died at her son's home here at 9:25 o'clock last night. She had been ill since May 1923. Mrs. Moorhouse, who was born Oct. 12, 1856, in Wisconsin, was the daughter of Samuel and Jane (Smith) Munson. Her marriage to Omar J. Moorhouse took place June 11, 1874. Children living are Mrs. Lula Van Houten and Frank Moorhouse, both of Canton; Dr. C. V. Moorhouse and L. E. Moorhouse, both of Lewistown and Hansel Moorhouse of Detroit, Mich. Two children preceded her in death. Mrs. L. E. Smith of Aurora is a sister. The decedent was a member of the Canton Gospel mission. Funeral services will be conducted from the late home at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The Rev. Charles Gray of Canton will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Hill cemetery.
      b. Canton Daily Ledger, Canton, Illinois, Monday, March 7, 1927: "Omar John Moorhouse Dies at Lewistown
      Omar J. Moorhouse, aged 74, residing at 24 North Avenue A, died at the home of his son, L. E. Moorhouse in Lewistown yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock following an illness of several months. He leaves five children; Mrs. Lula Van Houten and Frank D. Moorhouse, Canton; Dr. C. V. Moorhouse of Lewistown and H. O. Moorhouse of Detroit. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of his son, L. E. Moorhouse in Lewistown, the Rev. C. H. Gray of the Gospel Mission in Canton officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill cemetery near Lewistown."

      3. From our Jack Petersen's family album:
      a. As quoted from the book "History of Piute County'" by Linda King Newell: "Dr. Moorehouse, a graduate of the Keokuk Medical College in Iowa, set up practice in Junction, Utah, in 1911, and helped save many lives in Piute county during the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic. An outbreak of smallpox came to Piute County in 1920. At that time Dr. Charles V. Moorehouse still had his medical practice in Junction, but he ran into trouble when his drinking habits began to interfere with his care of patients. In March 1922 the State revoked his license for 'unprofessional conduct.' Moorehouse was able to reorder his life and was later reinstated, serving the area for many years."
      Recollection of my father Jack Petersen:
      b. As a youth, I was told that Dr. Moorhouse had a drug problem. This was recently corrected by my Aunt Melba. It was his wife, Jennie, who had the problem. I remember visiting the Moorehouse home in Los Angeles, California, with my grandparents [Jennie's brother] in 1947 or 1948. The house was on a hill in what I believe was Eagle Rock (Burbank?). They had no children. This was Dr. Moorehouse's second marriage. He had children from his first marriage. We called him 'Uncle Doctor'."
      c. Two photos: one of Charles sitting at a desk with a suit on and one of Jenny siting at a table with a hat (and a bow on her dress).

      4. Charles Moorhouse graduated in 1905 from the Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons and Keokuk Medical College. This comes from a 1911 Alumni Directory that only gives a listing of graduates by name without other vital information.

      1. Per biographical notes above.

      1. Per biographical notes above.

      2. Hales: Marriage certificate; 12 Dec 1918; County of Piute, State of Utah. Also FHL film 484608, p 160, Book 3: "I hereby certify that on the 12th day of December in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Eighteen, Junction Utah, in said county, I the undersigned, a minister of the Gospel did join in the Holy Bonds of Matrimony according to the laws of this State, Mr. Dr. C.V. Moorehousee of Junciton in the County of Piute an State of Utah and Miss Jennie E. Hales of Junction and State of Utah. W.H. Luke, a Minister of the Gospel. Signed: Dr. C.V. Moorhouse, Groom. Signed, Jennie E. Moorhouse, Bride. In the presence of Charles H. Hales and Ann M. Cocherane, witnesses."

      3. Western States Marriage Index at ID Number 255638 Grooms First Name C. V. (40) Grooms Last Name Moorhouse Grooms Residence Junction, Piute, Utah Brides First Name Jennie E. (27) Brides Last Name Hales Brides Residence Junction, Piute, Utah County of Record Piute Co., Utah Place of Marriage Junction Date of Marriage 12 Dec 1918 Volume P6 Page 160.

      1. Per biographical notes above.

      1. Per biographical notes above.

      1. Per family group sheet prepared by Mrs. Glen Hales, 115 E. 6281 So. Murray, Utah.

      2. Interested researcher: Cris Moorehouse at .

      3. Per 18 Dec 2002 website .