Charles Oscar PORTER’s Death Certificate

I was totally surprised when I came across this death certificate for my maternal great-grandfather the other day in a new database I found.

I always assumed or maybe even believed that Charles Oscar PORTER died from a heart attack or something similar while working in the field. I always pictured it that way. Was I in a way led to believe that by being told that he died while working in the field, but omitting the details? Maybe. I can see why, though, now that I know at least a little bit of what happened. I am sure that if it was, it was to soften the subject.

It turns out that there was a farm accident that caused great-grandpa’s sudden death. My grandma, Ruby Irene PORTER WILLIAMS (his youngest child) was the one listed as the “informant”.

I always felt sorry for my grandma since she lost both of her parents just a little over a year apart and when both of her oldest children were each about three months old. I knew that this was a big reason why Grandma understood so well what I was going through in relation to losing my mom so young and suddenly. She had been there, too. Being a new mother of a three-month old baby and going through this accident must have been horribly difficult. Thinking about it, I am thankful that it did not happen just a few months later, because then she would have also been pregnant at the time. She was such a strong lady!

It is a bit eerie to me that Charles Oscar died suddenly just 17 days after he turned 62 and Irene’s second child (my mom) died suddenly just 16 days after she turned 40. Knowing my grandma, this did not escape her thinking at least a few times. I do know that Grandma loved it when happy occasions made formerly sad days something to look forward to again. This happened when one of her grand-daughters was born on the day her dad passed away, but obviously many years later.

We also find on this document that Charles Oscar died in Cedar County, Missouri, where he moved about a year earlier. I did not know either of those facts before. Nor did I have an address in Humansville where they lived when my mom was born. Of course, it is a R.R., so I probably will not be able to pin-point the location (at least easily), but it is nice to have.

Here is a map and current demographic information for Washington Township, Cedar Country, Missouri (the location of his death and likely his home).

(See below the certificate for transcribed information.)
Charles Oscar Porter Death Certificate

The State Board of Health of Missouri – Standard Certificate of Death
Place of death: Cedar County
City or town: Rural – Wash. (Washington Township)
In this community: 1 year
Full name: Charles Oscar Porter
Sex: Male
Color or race: White
Married
Wife: Mary I. Porter
Birth of deceased: April 2, 1884
Age: 62 years 0 months 17 days
Birthplace: Oxford, Kansas
Usual occupation: Farming
Father’s name: Daniel M. Porter
Birthplace: Illinois
Mother’s maiden name: Carrie
Birthplace: Unknown
Informant: Mrs. Irene Williams
Informant’s address: R.R. #3, Humansville, Missouri
Burial:4-22-1946
Place: Stockton Cemetery
Signature of funeral director: Church and Neale?
Address: Stockton, Missouri
Date received local registrar: 5-2-46?
Registrar’s signature: Geneva Garrison
Usual residence of deceased: State: Missouri
County: Cedar
City or town: Rural
Citizen of foreign country? No
Date of death: April 19, 1946
Time: 1:30 PM
Immediate cause of death: Crushed chest; died instantly
Due to: Overturn tractor
Major findings of autopsy: No
If death was due to external causes, fill in the following: Accident
Date of occurrence: April 19, 1946
Where did injury occur? Cedar, Missouri
Did injury occur in or about home, on farm….? On farm
While at work? Yes
Signature: (Cannot read, but maybe W.D. Twi___), Coroner
Address: El Dorado Springs, Missouri
File received: May 9, 1946
Filed: May 10, 1946
Primary Registration District No.: 5240
State File No.: 12535
Registrar’s No.: 12

Charles Oscar PORTER was the father of Ruby Irene PORTER WILLIAMS, who was the mother of Carol Elizabeth WILLIAMS LAKEY, who was my mom.

 

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5 Responses to Charles Oscar PORTER’s Death Certificate

  1. Carol says:

    Can you share what database you used to find this info?

  2. Chambs says:

    Hello. I am a somewhat distant relative of yours I suppose. Irene, who you cite as grandma, was my great-aunt. Charles Orville Porter was my grand father.

    When I or anyone tried to ask Grandpa about his dad (Charles Oscar) he either said nothing or use every negative word known to man to discribe him. In short, my grandpa described his dad as lazy. He never wanted to work hard or be on-time for anything. He often lied on reports saying he had some job when really he was unemployed.

    Another interesting tid-bit my grandpa gave was that his dad was “lazy to the end” then goes on to describe what seems to be missing from documents. On that day Charles Oscar Porter put on his “best sunday suit”, did his hair, got on his tractor and drove the tractor off a hill resulting in his death.

    My grandpa was convinced it was a suicide.

    • nvlynnae says:

      Hello Cousin! I really do not know anything about this. I do know that they were really poor most of the time and that my grandma went and lived with someone else for a period of time while in high school presumably because of how poor they were.

      Grandma didn’t really talk a lot about him other than he died when her first child was an infant and her mom died basically the next year when her second child (my mom) was an infant.

      That truly makes it even worse if it was a suicide, because besides everything else that is wrong with this… his youngest daughter (who was a young mom at the time) had to witness this and be the one who took care of the aftermath (reporting, etc).

      Also if it was suicide, that can definitely explain why someone who would tell me lots of details about family members…. did not even tell me how he died or that she was there.

      • Chambs says:

        Hello cousin! It all seems to add up to make sense, right? The only other thing I have that I have not seen around are some pictures of Charles Oscar and Mary Irene that I am still trying to locate. I didn’t know how rare these photos were when I first saw them. When I find them I can report back, if you would like?

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