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Charley Humble: 1913

Charley Humble: 1913

May 1913. Randleman, N.C. "Charley Humble. Said he was 10 years old. Has a regular job. Been helping his sister for some months in the Deep River Mills. Mother and sister work. Father deserted." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.


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My grandfather

Charley was my grandfather. Brenda, his daughter, was my mother -- the only child he and my grandmother Rena had together. She died in December 2003 from cancer. Charley had one son from a previous marriage and my grandmother Rena had a son and a daughter from a previous marriage. Grandfather was a very quiet and very special man. He never drove and we would walk lots of places when I was young. They lived near the wreck of the old 97 Train and he would always read the marker sign to me when we passed it ❤️

Obituary for his Stepson

I found an obituary in the Danville Register from 2004 that has his stepson listed.

Charlie's wife was a "Rena Parker Bradner Humble". The son, Lester Bradner, died in 2004. The obituary also lists a 'half sister' named Joyce Strickland. I found her wedding listed in the January 16, 1972 edition of the Danville Register. Her parents are listed as "Mr and Mrs Charles F Humble of Henry Street". Her full name was Brenda Joyce Humble, and she married a Donnie Wayne Strickland.

Thank you, Joe

Thanks to Joe Manning who always seems to be able to give us informative updates for the Lewis Hine photos. It's nice to know that Charley married and lived to a ripe old age.

Recipe for longevity

Be a good boy and always help your sister.

Charley Humble

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. Records show that Charles Franklin Humble was born in North Carolina on June 25, 1902, and died in Danville, Virginia in July 1987. His widow, Rena Humble, died in Danville six months later. It appears that they had a son, but I have not yet confirmed that for sure.

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