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Charles Bateman and Margaret Fall Timberlake


"[It was] in 1886 that the thought came to us, that, although we were beyond the screech of the locomotive. . . and twenty-two miles from our nearest post office. . . we should celebrate in as becoming [proper] manner as possible the Fourth of July. . . . The word was silently send along the line, that at the Varney homestead, a fitting celebration would be held. . . . How the news was carried, unless assisted by the prairie dogs, sand lizards and rattle snakes, I cannot guess, but I do know that every human inhabitant in all that section came to this most enjoyable convocation [gathering]. . . .

"Your humble servant read the Declaration of Independence. There were recitations, singing, games, basket dinner and the regular program of a "Back Home" Fourth of July, however "sans" [without] fried chicken. In this connection I wish to say that I believe the privation [doing without] of having fresh meat, of any kind for so many months, was one of the greatest hardships of pioneer life on the plains."

Source: Charles Timberlake, CWA Interviews, Doc. 341/25. Colorado Historical Society.


"Thus, the first such [Sunday school] that I know of in the present confines of Phillips country was a Sunday school which met on Mr. Varney's homestead. . . .By a sort of "underground railway" service getting word to all the settlers within a radius of ten or twelve miles. . . . .

"And then, when we did get together, we were so glad of human companionship that we forgot to ask "Are you Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, Catholic or Episcopal," but sang, read, and studied, and were, I am sure, much benefited by our association one with the other. It was really astonishing how many people would collect Sunday afternoons on these, apparently, barren plains. . . . At these meetings we exchanged any reading matter we might have received, or brought with us, returning the same next Sunday if possible, thus establishing a sort of primitive circulating library."

Source: Charles B. Timberlake (1934), CWA Interviews, Doc. 341/25, Colorado Historical Society.

Opening Exercises, 9:30 a.m.
Arithmetic (review of questions of last ex.) by Professor H.W. Barr,
Discussion by Institute, 10:15
Geography (review of questions of last ex.) by Charles R. Peter, 10:45
Discussion by Institute, 11:00
Miscellaneous Work, 11:30
Grammar (review of questions last ex.) by T.J. Close, 1:30 p.m.
Discussion by Institute, 2:00
History, the cessions of U.S. territory, by S.H. Johnson, 2:15
Discussion by Institute, 2:45
Current Literature, by Mrs. M.E. Timberlake, 3:00
Gradation of our schools, by Supt. Charles B. Timberlake, 3:30



TIMBERLAKE, Charles Bateman, a Representative from Colorado; born in Wilmington, Clinton County, Ohio, September 25, 1854; attended the common schools and Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., 1871-1874; taught school; moved to Colorado in 1885, and settled near Holyoke, Phillips County; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; member of the Republican State committee 1892-1910; superintendent of schools of Phillips County 1889-1895; county clerk 1895-1897; appointed receiver of the United States land office at Sterling, Colo., on July 1, 1897, and served until April 30, 1914; elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1915-March 3, 1933); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; engaged in banking in Sterling, Colo., until his death there on May 31, 1941; interment in Grand View Cemetery, Fort Collins, Colo.

Chaeles B. Timbeelake. a man of broad and enlightened views,
public-spirited and progressive, Charles B. Timberlake holds a position of
prominence and influence among the live, energetic and persevering business
men of Sterling, where, as receiver for the United States Land Office, he is
familiar with the realty interests of this section of Logan county. A son
of Alfred Timberlake, he was born, September 25, 185-4, in Wilmington,
Clinton county, Ohio.

Alfred Timberlake was born in Ohio, where his ancestors settled at
an early day, removing to that state from old Virginia. Following in the
occupation to which he was bred, he carried on general farming with ex-
cellent results. He possessed strong spiritual convictions, and for many
years was a preacher in the Quaker denomination. His wife, whose maiden
name was Phoebe Doan, was born in Ohio, coming, also, from Virginia

Charles B. Timberlake received excellent educational opportunities
when young, attending first the Clinton county schools, and afterwards the
Earlham College, in Richmond, Indiana. Well fitted for a professional
career, he began life for himself as a teacher, for a number of years being
a popular instructor in the Indiana public schools. Coming to Colorado
in 1885, Mr. Timberlake spent the following year in Holyoke, where he had
the distinction of being the first principal of the Holyoke public schools.
From 1886 until 1893 he was superintendent of the Phillips county public
schools, in that position winning the approval of all concerned. In 1892
Mr. Timberlake was elected county clerk for Phillips county, and served
acceptably in that office for two years. While in that position, he was ap-
pointed receiver for the United States Land Office, and has since performed
the duties devolving upon him in this position in a manner reflecting credit
upon himself, in the execution of the business connected with his office
showing sound sense and good judgment.

Mr. Timberlake married, in 1876, Maggie E. Fall, a daughter of David
and Sarah Fall, of Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Timberlake have one child liv-
ing, namely: Lucille, wife of Hon. Frederick W. Stover, of Fort Collins.
In social, literary and fraternal circles, Mr. Timberlake is held in high
esteem, and his integritj' as a man and his loyalty as a citizen are unques-
tioned. Prominent in Masonry, he is a member of Logan Lodge No. 63,
A. F. & A. M. ; of Denver Consistory, No. 1; of El Jebel Temple, Mystic
Shrine; and has taken the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite. He
also belongs to both the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Knights
of Pythias. Very active in political affairs, he is a stanch supporter of the
principles of the Republican party, and since 1887 has been a member of the
State Republican Central Committee, and is now a member of the Logan
County Republican Central Committee. In 1892 he was the Republican
nominee for State Superintendent of Schools.


Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, March 18, 1920

Wife Of Representative Joins Pioneers Who Have Passed

On Sunday, March 14, at Emergency Hospital in Washington, D.C. occurred the death of Mrs. Charles B. Timberlake, wife of the representative from the second district of Colorado, death being caused by sleeping sickness from which she had suffered for more than two weeks, following an attack of flue.

Mrs. Timberlake was one of the oldest residents of this part of Colorado having come here with her husband thirty-five years ago, settling at Holyoke. After fifteen years residence there they moved to Sterling where they since have resided.

The body was shipped to Sterling where burial services were held at the Timberlake home, being conducted by Rev. Rollin H. Ayres of the Methodist church. From Sterling the body was taken Wednesday evening to Fort Collins for interment, being accompanied by Mr. Timberlake, Dr. A.F. Fell a brother, of Beatrice, Nebraska; Mrs. L.E. Easten, a sister, and Mayor and Mrs. Fred W. Stover of Fort Collins.

In expressing the deepest sympathy for the bereaved relatives of this most estimable woman the Harvest voices the feelings of the people and especially the pioneers of all Northeastern Colorado.

March 18, 1920 Yuma Pioneer



Charles died May 31, 1941.  Both Charles and Margaret are buried in Grandview Cemetery, Fort Collins.



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