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C H F Justice, Orphan Train Rider

Charles Justice (1858 - ?) was sent west in the early days of the orphan train, possibly between 1870 and 1880. He was sent to live with the postmaster or La Rose, Illinois, who happened to be Julia A. Ogle. Her husband William was a carpenter. In his letter to the Asylum, Charles suggested that he would like to be postmaster one day. In 1880 he was listed in the census as a railroad clerk and was living in Belle Plain, Illinois with his wife Sophia Belle Rains. In 1900 he listed his occupation as carpenter and did not claim his title of postmaster of LaRose, which he acquired in 1897 per federal records! In 1910 he did list himself as postmaster. The postmaster position was awarded to another man in 1913, which may indicate that Charles died that year. The last census he appeared in was the 1910 census, with his wife.

In 1900 Charles and Sophia were living with their daughter Carrie. Carrie eventually married Henry Adolph Schumacher and lived in Denver, Colorado with her family and her mother, Sophia Justice in 1930.

No death information could be found for Charles. The letter he wrote was published in the 1874 Annual Report.

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