06 March 2011

Edward George Caughey 1883 - 1936

Edward G. Caughey is my great grand uncle.

Edward was born on 3 August 1883 in Cleveland, Ohio.  His parents were George Sterrett Caughey and Flora Adell Coe.  Edward had three brothers and one sister.  Ed was 5 ft. 6-1/2 in. tall with brown hair and blue eyes.

Edward married Alice M. Thomas of Buffalo, New York on 17 April 1908 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio by William Brown, Justice of the Peace.  At the time of the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Ed and Alice were living in Cleveland and Ed was working in a machine shop. 

On 30 November 1917, when Ed was 34 years old, he joined the United States Army and served in the Quartermaster Corps Mechanical Repair Unit 302.  While at Camp Meigs in 1917, the camp was quarantined for smallpox. Ed was also having trouble getting paper and stamps to write home.  While in the service, Ed gave his nephew Paul, Jr. his tools to borrow and to keep if he doesn't return.  Ed served in France where he met someone from Toledo, Ohio.  He sent a couple pictures home to his sister.  When Ed returned to Camp Meigs in Washington DC he needed dental work done before heading home. Ed was discharged at Camp Sherman, Ohio on 20 June 1919 and received the Bronze Victory Button.  He arrived home with no wounds and in good physical condition.

By the 1920 Census, Ed was no longer married to Alice.  He was living with his mom Flora in Cleveland, Ohio and working as a garage mechanic.  According to a letter Ed wrote to his sister Agnes in January 1921, he was in living in Kansas, Missouri working at Packard Co. with his brother Robert.

Edward Caughey died on 16 August 1936 at the age of 53 from acute dilation of heart and is buried at West Park Cemetery on Ridge Road in Cleveland, Ohio. 

There is more to Ed's story and I am still researching his life.  I will update this entry as I make new discoveries.  I would like to thank my cousin Leon Schierbaum for providing me with copies of Ed's service papers and the bible pages of births, marriages, and deaths for some of the Schierbaum and Caughey families.

Your comments are always welcome and appreciated.

1 comment:

  1. Printed out for Dad & Mom. Very interesting.