Frank Engle

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Frank Engle (Robert3, Margaret2, John1) was born in Hillsdale County, Mich., January 26, 1855. He lived in Michigan until April, 1880, when he went to Leadville, Col., where he remained until October 1881. He then moved to Tombstone, Ariz. In 1896 he was elected member of the city council. In 1902 he removed to Phoenix, Ariz. He was married in 1892 to Miss Pauline Branch, who was born in 1874, at Kansas City, Kansas. Her father was William Branch, a soldier of the Civil War.

Mr. Engle is a miner by occupation and now resides in Bisbee, Ariz. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Engle.


George Francis, b. Oct. 23, 1894.

Anna Elizabeth, b. Sept. 7, 1896.

William Bryan, b. June 24, 1900.

Clinton, b. June 19, 1903, d. Dec. 1912.

George Francis, since he was 14 years of age, has been engineer in charge of a stationary engine.

Eleanor Engle Childs

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Eleanor (Robert3, Margaret2, John1) was the sixth child of Robert and Elizabeth Engle. She was born June 2, 1857, in Mosherville, Hillsdale County, Mich. The story of her life is given by her daughter.

Of the children of Robert and Elizabeth Fleetwood Engle, the young men migrated to the far west and engaged in mining, while the daughters, with one exception, married and reared their families in their native state of Michigan. The one exception mentioned was Eleanor Engle, second daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Engle. When almost a young girl, she married Enos Childs, of Hopewell, New York, and thus she was the only one of the Engle family to go back to the old time home in the "East."

In 1875 Enos Childs, then a young man 20 years old, went to Hillsdale County, Mich., from his home in New York State, to nurse his sister who was visiting an aunt in Michigan and who had been stricken with typhoid fever. Shortly after his arrival he became acquainted with Eleanor Engle, and after a short courtship they were united in marriage on the fifth day of April, 1875. Eleanor Engle was 17 years old at that time.

Four children were the result of the union of Eleanor Engle and Enos Childs, and all are living.

Walstein H. Childs, was born February 1, 1876, at Hillsdale, Michigan. Shortly after birth, Mr. and Mrs. Childs returned to the young husband's home in New York State and there Walstein Childs and the other three children of the couple were raised. Walstein Childs received his education at Victor, New York, public school and the University of New York. After his education was completed, he entered the railroad business at Niagara Falls. He remained in that city for a number of years, but later he secured a position with the American Steel & Wire Company, at Worchester, Mass., and after several promotions, now holds the position of chief clerk of the invoice division of that gigantic steel corporation.

Walstein Childs was married in 1907 to Miss Emily Marshall, of Nova Scotia. They have one child, John Enos Childs, born December 31, 1907. He has already developed a few of the marked characteristics of the Engle race.

Robert Engle Childs, second son of Enos and Eleanor Engle Childs, was born February 15, 1878, at Hopewell, N.Y. He received his early education at Victor, N.Y. public school and later graduated with honor at the University of New York. After his graduation, he entered the newspaper field and became a member of the staff of the Rochester (N.Y.) Herald. He followed this work for some years, but later entered the insurance field. He has been successful in that line of work and at present is division manager for one of the leading casualty companies, with offices at Rochester, N.Y.

Louis Enos Childs, third son, was born August 1, 1881, at Canandaigua, N.Y. He received his preliminary education at Victor, N.Y. public school and later graduated from the University of New York with high honor. After his graduation, the young man went West to grow up with the country. He located at Seattle, Washington. Roughed it in the mining and lumber camps of Washington, living very close to nature and sometimes not getting back to civilization for months. He made periodical trips by boat to San Francisco and the Klondyke dustricts and gradually came to like sea life. He then enlisted in the navy, becoming a member of the crew of the famous battleship Oregon. He cruised on the Oregon in the waters of the Orient for four years, touching at Philippine, Chinese and Japanese ports, and thus saw much of the old world. After his term of enlistment had expired, he returned to Seattle and now has the position of inspector with the Seattle and Tacoma Power Co., Seattle, Washington.

Pauline Eleanor Childs, only daughter and fourth child, of Enos and Eleanor Engle Childs, was born at Victor, N.Y., February 15, 1886. When four years old, her mother died and she became a member of the family of Mrs. Dr. Rockwell, her father's cousin, at Amenia, N.Y., near New York City. She received every advantage, graduating from Amenia High School, entered and graduated from the Perkiomen Preparatory School for young ladies at Pennsburg, Pa., and then entered Mt. Holyoke college in Massachusetts from which institution she was graduated. After graduation, she took up teaching and is now professor of German in the Rensselaer High School at Rensselaer, N.Y.

Eleanor Engle died at Victor, N.Y., February 3, 1901, aged 33 years. She was buried at Boughton Hill cemetery in Victor, N.Y. Eleanor Engle was a pretty, vivacious girl and as she grew to womanhood her happy personality made friends for her by the score. Even in the face of most adverse conditions she was always bright, hopeful and spirited and her sad demise at a comparatively early age was a shock to her many friends.

Eva Engle Campbell

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Eva Engle, (Robert3, Margaret2, John1) daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Engle, was born near Mosherville, Mich., April 7, 1859, and was brought up in her father's home there. She attended school in Mosherville, and spent one year in the high school at Hillsdale. She spent two years in Chicago with her sister. Mrs. Louise Kolbecker, and while there learned the dressmaking trade. She followed this occupation until her marriage on December 24, 1890, to Milligan Campbell, who was born and reared at Butler, Ind. He is the son of Samuel and Anna Campbell. Mr. Milligan Campbell is a successful farmer. Their home is near Devereau, Mich., where they attend the M.E. church and Sunday School.


Alethea May, b. Dec. 3, 1891.

Shirley Irene, b. July 15, 1893.

Lillian, b. July 15, 1893, d. Sept. 23, 1893.

Marian Elizabeth, b. Dec. 10, 1894.

Paul, b. July 17, 1897.

Robert Haynes, b. July 27, 1899.

Raynald H., b. Sept. 22, 1901.

Robert Engle, Jr.

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Robert (Robert3, Margaret2, John1) the youngest son of Robert and Elizabeth Engle, was born October 15, 1865, in Mosherville, Mich., where his boyhood was spent. Three of Robert's brothers had gone to the mines in Leadville, Col. He was anxious to join them there and dig a fortune from the mines. When he was 18 years old he and a companion secured an old horse and a buggy and started for the mines. In Illinois they sold the horse and buggy. They pushed their way westward, working in various places, but always directing their course toward Leadville. On arriving there in the spring of 1885 he found that his brothers had gone to Tombstone, Ariz. He spent a year in Leadville and then went to Tombstone. He found work in the mines. In 1890 he returned to Michigan to visit his parents. During this visit he became acquainted with Miss Ara Granger to whom he was married December 17, 1890. Miss Granger was born in Scipio, Hillsdale County, Mich., in 1868. Her father was a prosperous farmer. Her parents were Reuben and Margaret Granger.

Mr. Engle returned to Tombstone and in 1894 his family joined him there. He spent a year in the mines in Mexico. In the beginning of the year 1907 he accepted a position in the Stattuck and Arizona Copper Mines at Bismark, Ariz. While superintending the setting of timbers to support the roof of a mine the ground gave way and in a moment he was crushed to death. His death occurred on August 5, 1907. His wife and their five little children returned to Jonesville, Mich., where they still reside.

The oldest boy Harrison, started out in September, 1912, to see something of the country. He left Detroit for British Columbia. From there he went to Los Angeles. He was gone nine months and traveled over 10,000 miles. He earned money in each place with which to travel to new fields.


Harrison Otto, b. Sept. 18, 1891.

Frank, b. Jan. 19, 1894.

Albert Louis, b. Sept. 5, 1897.

Harriet Elizabeth, b. Nov. 9, 1904.

Alice May, b. Aug. 14, 1906.

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