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John Denlinger Charles

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Washington Boro, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Death: August 30, 1923 (45)
Hesston, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
Place of Burial: Millersville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Funk Charles and Anna M Charles
Husband of Amelia Neff Charles
Father of David "Irvin" Charles; Anna Mae Doerr-Blank; John Melvin Charles; Henry "Stanley" Charles and William "Harold" Charles
Brother of Harry Denlinger Charles

Occupation: Teacher, Dean, Registrar, Minister
Managed by: Jim Wile
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About John Denlinger Charles

John Denlinger Charles, a prominent Mennonite Church (MC) educator, was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in Washington Boro, 29 June 1878 of Swiss background, to John Funk and Annie Denlinger Charles. He was the second in a family of two boys. His education began in the local grade school known as Harmony Hall, progressed through the state normal school at Millersville, Pennsylvania (class of 1899), Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania (BA, 1905), and Columbia University, New York (MA, 1914). On 3 May 1906 he married Amelia (née) Charles and moved to Kansas City, Kansas, to become superintendent of the Mennonite mission there, serving 1906-1909. He was called from this position in 1909 to be a member of the first faculty of Hesston Academy and Bible School, then being founded at Hesston, Kansas. He served in that capacity and later also as dean and registrar, the remainder of his life. Five children were born into the family—Irvin, Anna, John, Stanley, and Harold. Charles united with the church at the age of 18 (1896) and was ordained to the ministry 4 May 1908. He served as minister to the Hesston congregation during the fourteen years of his life there and in many other positions of trust in the church: as Sunday-school field secretary, as chairman of the Mennonite Church General Conference Committee on Fundamentals, as secretary of the committee for revision of Bible Doctrine, as a member of the General Music Committee, and at the time of his death he also was secretary of the district mission board (Gospel Herald, 7 September 1923). His last illness interrupted an evangelistic tour of the Pacific coast states in July 1923. He died on 30 August 1923. Among his writings two books are recorded: Fallacies of Evolution (1917), and Present Day Religions (1921), both published by the Mennonite Publishing House, Scottdale, Pennsylvania.

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John Denlinger Charles's Timeline

1878
June 29, 1878
Washington Boro, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States
1906
February 19, 1906
Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
1908
December 1, 1908
Kansas City, Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States
1911
May 3, 1911
Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
1913
March 18, 1913
Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
1919
December 25, 1919
Newton, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
1923
August 30, 1923
Age 45
Hesston, Harvey County, Kansas, United States
August 30, 1923
Age 45
Millersville, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, United States